Trip the Light Fantastic
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Trip the Light Fantastic

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"Tacoma's Trip the Light Fantastic to rock Hell's Kitchen..."

"Trip the Light Fantastic will let you know how they feel without even using words. The band name comes from a 1645 John Milton poem and literally means to move in a rhythm or pattern, to musical accompaniment. The band is made up of Tyler Pratt (guitars, piano), David Balaam (drums) and Joseph Yohann (bass) and gives a spread of sound from ambience to explosions.
They combine elements of post-rock with tremendous crescendos to climaxes with an intimate eeriness. You could compare them to a darker version of Explosions in the Sky, a harder version of Mogwai, or Red Sparrowes with some eerie sustaining piano licks.
However, Trip the Light's earlier music does involve quite a bit of voice sampling, which Mogwai has only done with a monologue of Iggy Pop on their song "Punk Rock," and Explosions in the Sky or Red Sparrowes has not.
You will be hooked with the first riff of the song, overwhelmed with the building of their music, and blown away by how deeply you felt what they were saying without any lyrics.
You're probably asking yourself where in the heck you would have heard this band. Well, if you're the average UPS student, then the chances are that you probably heard them off of KUPS.
KUPS probably plays one to four of their songs a day on the radio. They even played a live studio broadcast from the station on Monday Nov. 26.
Tyler, David and Joseph have all been in bands prior to this one. Tyler and Joseph played with a group named Weather and toured around the West Coast, opening for groups such as the Presidents of the United States and The Posies. Weather was on a small indie label known as Cake Records and had their CD nationally distributed through Sony. While Tyler and Joseph were off with Weather, David drummed in Hang, a Seattle-based old school punk band. This group mostly played shows in the Seattle area.
A little while after these groups had broken up, Trip the Light Fantastic formed in early 2007. Tyler had known Dave for basically all his life.
"We just seemed to be going down the same path, I guess. We met Joseph when we were sophomores in high school, much later," Tyler said.
Tyler explained their musical backgrounds as both vast and eclectic. When asked how many years they had been playing music, "A combined thirty seven years between the three of us," was Tyler's answer.
Trip the Light enjoys all kinds of music.
"Everything from Neil Young, Jeremy Egnik, Hendrix to Hip-Hop Beats, World Music (Taiko, Gamelan) and Old School Jazz," Tyler said.
Tyler described their song writing process as a collaborative experience.
"We just come together and build songs with what we have going on in our own heads. If it can give you goosebumps and make you want to have a smoke afterwards, then it's a good song," Tyler explained.
Trip the Light Fantastic is playing at Hell's Kitchen (6th and Proctor) on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. with The Elephants and Kusikia. The show is open to all ages and costs $7 or $5 with canned food. The show is being sponsored by KUPS and all food donations will go to the Food Connection, a Pierce County based organization. All of the bands are based out of Tacoma and it promises to be a great show.
The Elephants have a pretty surreal and dreamy indie rock sound, whereas if you read The Trail or have heard/seen Kusikia, you know they have a pretty raw blues-rock feel with some experimental sound thrown in.
If you haven't listened to Trip the Light Fantastic, The Elephants, or Kusikia, I would highly suggest you check them out; and if you have, I'm sure I'll see you at Hell's Kitchen on Dec. 17." -Greg Merrel - The Trail- University of Puget Sound

"Trip the Light Fantastic"

"Turning on the radio can be a fairly depressing proposition. There was a time when stations on the FM dial had integrity, but those days are long gone. With the obvious exception of KEXP, chances are anything you tune in on the car radio is going to suck hardcore, and be designed to sell weight loss systems and home entertainment systems, not actually play good music.

Besides KEXP, one bastion of hope is college radio. In many ways the precursor to stations like KEXP, college-run radio throughout the state offers the most intriguing and eclectic programming you’ll find on air. Not only do college stations typically cater to a far wider musical audience, and not only are they the only frequencies not specifically designed to generate as much profit as possible, but college radio fills a much needed local niche. College radio, almost always, gives airplay to local bands and musicians who wouldn’t receive it otherwise.

One station we as Tacomans (and I can officially say that again having moved back to Tacoma last weekend in the snow) can be proud of is KUPS 90.1 FM. On Friday, Dec. 7, KUPS will be sponsoring a show at Hell’s Kitchen with Trip the Light Fantastic, The Elephants, and Kusikia. Even better, it’s a food drive, meaning you’ll pay only five dollars at the door if you donate an item of non-perishable grub. Who doesn’t have a can of creamed corn worth trading in for a chance to see three of Tacoma’s most stimulating bands?

I know I do. I might have some corn beef hash to boot.

KUPS couldn’t have chosen a better lineup to show off Tacoma’s surplus of indie talent perfectly suited for the college ear. The Elephants are, and will remain until the moment they spontaneously combust into psychedelic, sugar sweet indie dust, one of my favorite Tacoma bands of all time. Seeing the Elephants always rejuvenates my faith in the direction Tacoma’s music scene is headed.

Kusikia, from what I’ve heard through the Grapevine, is (if nothing else) a sight to behold. Built on the off-the-wall skills of Nsayi Matingou on guitar, and Peter Ryan’s equally impassioned drumming, Kusikia is building a name based on house party performances alone. Bringing blues licks to the forefront of indie experimentation, Kusikia is a band to watch.

Then there’s Trip the Light Fantastic.

If you’re not familiar with Trip the Light Fantastic, there’s a good chance you are familiar with the now defunct band Weather. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Weather was one of the hottest bands on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Weather broke up in 2006. Tyler Pratt and Joseph Yohann, suddenly bandless, recruited drummer David Balaam. Next thing you know, Trip the Light Fantastic was born.

What Trip the Light Fantastic is, besides a band name that could be a reference to about a gazillion different things, is an instrumental experiment of brainy rock seemingly created for the dirt under the fingernails crowd of Grit City.

“We all knew each other growing up. We’ve been playing in bands together for about seven years. Trip the Light Fantastic was created for the sake of sanity. We made an album together as friends and just decided to roll with it,” explains Pratt.

“Each time we play together you hear three different and distinct personalities. I’d guess that works for us because we’ve known each other for so long. We’re just best friends up there having a blast playing music that keeps us moving and interested. The reason we are instrumental is because no one wanted to sing. What’s cool, though, is that not having a vocalist is opening doors we never knew existed. Also, it pushes you as a musician.

“Growing up my dad would always say to us boys, ‘you look like you just tripped the light fantastic.’ Which I think meant we looked terrible and hung-over from the night before. We just associate it with having a good time. It was a plus when we found out the official definition was ‘to move in a pattern to rhythm.’”

Trip the Light Fantastic wasted no time getting into the studio. The band recorded a self-titled debut in only seven days at Spectre Studios with local producer Zach Varnell.

“We have a demo we recorded last year that we give out for free at our shows. We just got done recording a new EP, though, that is set for release in February,” offers Pratt.

“Every time we go into the studio I know it will be different from the last record. That is just the kind of people we are. What is cool about Trip the Light is that I know we all will make records together until the day we die.”

Trip the Light Fantastic will headline the KUPS-sponsored show at Hell’s Kitchen Friday.

When you consider the Elephants are also on the bill, that’s a pretty solid compliment. Then again, since neither band plays by the conventional rules of rock, it’s doubtful they adhere to such outdated notions as “headliners.” Let’s just say, however you look at it, this should be a good one for a good cause." - Matt Driscoll - The Weekly Volcano


2007- Trip the Light Fantastic EP Vol. I
1. Soul of Apache
2. Scorch 1
3. Trip the Light
4. Luminous Grand
5. Red vs Blue
6. Sonar
2008- Trip the Light Fantastic Ep Vol. II
1. Ragnarok
2. Melody 101
3. Bavarian Dancing Dust
4. Crushed Rocks

-All Tracks played on webcast and radio in the regional Northwest.



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