MAIN FEATURED PHOTO: ANTON JS | FEATURED PHOTO: GEORGIA RAWSON
Trapped. Under. Ice. Three words, and one band that always comes to mind when you hear the name Justice Tripp. However, whilst the the HC powerhouse may be at the forefront of his image, it only scratches the surface of one of the leaders of the tribe featured on this month’s cover.
“My brother gave me multiple CD books he stole out of a car he broke into…”
“I would say that hardcore punk was less generational and more of an outsider environment at the time I was turned onto it.” Reflects Justice when looking back on the early days. Having first formed TUI just over a decade ago in 2007, but comments that his attention turned towards the punk genre a lot earlier to that, and like the genre itself, the gate way came in a rather controversial form. “A few of my friends were skateboarding, dabbling in punk and going to see local bands. My cousin introduced me to a lot of music that I would grow to love. My brother gave me multiple CD books he stole out of a car he broke into. I was maybe 14 then.”
“Maybe it was just the idea that I could be a part of it. A lot wasn’t accessible to me as a kid, but punk rock was.”
So what drew the young Tripp towards the genre? “Maybe it was just the idea that I could be a part of it. A lot wasn’t accessible to me as a kid, but punk rock was.” Soon becoming an active member in the scene of his hometown of Baltimore, and its within this scene that he met Turnstile vocalist, and soon to become both Trapped Under Ice and Angel Du$t counterpart, Brendan Yates. “Most of us are from Maryland and have been together since we were pretty young.” Remembers Justice. “We were lucky to meet and create special relationships with Franz and Jeff both on tour a bit later on.”
As we mentioned in our main feature with Brendan himself, it’s particularly hard to compare Trapped Under Ice to any other band in the current punk genre who’s side projects have taken on a life of their own. Just a bit further down the bill from Turnstile’s headline set at this year’s Outbreak festival, of which the festival saw the reunion of Trapped Under Ice the previous year before, lies an entirely differently sounding band, Angel Du$t. While Justice fronts this project, it’s funk driven basslines and scuzzy rock n riffs, courteous of both Turnstile’s Pat McCrory and Brendan Yates, is sonically a stand out from the musicians’ other projects. “We all push each other in a very productive way. It could be something as simple as what Franz is playing in the van and burns into my brain, or Sam coming to Brendan with a riff that he thinks would feel good for Turnstile. Franz and Brad have both contributed ideas to Angel Du$t songs as well.”
“we never compete and only try to lift each other up…”
In 2015 Trapped Under Ice announced they were coming out of hiatus, Turnstile dropped their debut record, Non Stop Feeling, and their independent label, Pop Wig was beginning to thrive by putting out a series of independent releases. And so, the question comes to mind, just how can Angel Du$t thrive when there is already such a busy schedule in place?
“Yes, I think it’s possible because we never compete and only try to lift each other up. We try to apply this to the bands that we play with and bands we work with on Pop Wig, which is run my Daniel, Brendan, and me. I think a lot of people would be more successful in general if they adopted similar attitudes.”
One of the most inspirational, and integral parts of both punk and the hardcore sub culture is its practices within DIY. From putting out records from the likes of Firewalker and Razorbumps, two bands who seem to encapsulate the sound of 21st century punk feminism, through to putting out his own records, the statement of Pop Wig simply reads, ‘The same, but different.’ So, what inspired this ethos? “What initially draws most people to punk rock music is some feeling of alienation or struggle. though everyone’s struggle is different, and I can’t speak to a young woman in the way that Firewalker can. Bands like them are simply great at what they do and we’re very lucky to have them in this time.”
So with new projects, sounds, fashion, and bands now coming through the genre on the daily, where does one of the figureheads of the genre see on its horizon? “I don’t think anything is cemented. Punk rock music is malleable. in fact, to me at least, it’s in the definition of punk rock to change and evolve.”
WORDS: GEORGIA RAWSON