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Introducing: Dude Trips


I don't own this photo, all credit for this photo goes to Nathan Matheson
Today, I'm welcoming the incredible Dude Trips to the blog! I literally found them last week, and I kind of became obsessed with their music! It's incredible, but we'll get to that in a minute! 

Dude Trips are a four-piece Scottish alt/emo band. They hail from Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire and they consist of; 

Jamie Mathers - Vocals and Bass
Shaun Ross - Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Scott Burnett - Lead Guitar
Sean Mitchell - Drums 

If you're a fan of the likes of Trophy Eyes, Trash Boat or Modern Baseball and just bands with that sort of vibe, then maybe Dude Trips are going to be the one for you! 

Now, it's no surprise to a lot of people, that I'm obsessed with Scottish bands, bonus points if they're small as well! My all-time favourite band is Twin Atlantic, and one of my favourite small bands is Misplaced. So, when I clocked that Dude Trips were Scottish they instantly had my heart, and then I heard Tampa Bay and fell in love, and then heard Through Love & Death and that was it, they were in my top 5 already. 

Now, if you don't like sad songs that really are going to hit you worse than when you heard Terrible Things by Mayday Parade for the first time, then Dude Trips might be a bit too sad for you. Their album isn't called Through Love & Death, You're All I Have Left for no reason. 

They know exactly how to pack a punch with every track they put out, their EP Sad Lads was solid. It's a very intense EP, that fits the title very well. It's a bit more pop-punk than their album, but it's insane! It's great, the version of Tampa Bay on it is flawless. It's a great EP, and if you're maybe wanting something a bit faster paced from Dude Trips then it's the EP for you! Go and check it out! 

Then there's their 2018 EP, Keepsake, which the artwork is great because it reminds me of my dog, but the actual songs on it are incredible! It's a bit of a halfway point between Sad Lads and Through Love & Death, You're All I Have Left. My favourite track is probably Bottoms Up. I'm going to say it, I say it about 90% of releases, it's got a lot of change and depth within it and that wins me over. When I say that, I don't just mean that one particular song either, I mean the entire EP is like that. I fucking love it! I love how heavy the drums are as well. I love the vocals, and the guitar and bass is great too! I adore this EP! Would highly recommend it! 

Their latest release (excluding the alternative version of 91'), which came out in 2019 is their album Through Love & Death, You're All I Have Left. 10 tracks of pure perfection, incredible talent and raw emotion. 
I mention this a fair bit, how I love songs where you can hear emotion, and this album is pure emotion. It's raw, it's intense, it's phenomenal. The album flows so well, and I truly see this becoming one of my favourite albums of all time. It's phenomenal. I love how some lines are spat out, I love when the sound changes, like the build-up in a song like Through Love & Death, how it builds up for the big bit, how it's so intense, and then it just slows right down and virtually stops halfway through the track! I love that so much! I feel like this album really does show off the talent Dude Trips have, it's soft and slow until it's not, and when it's not, they go hard! I cannot recommend this album enough, it's incredible, and it's got such a good range of tracks on it! I've got my nephew in love with it too, so honestly, go check it out because you probably won't regret it. 

Every single release from Dude Trips is a solid 5 out of 5 lemons! Every track is great, I cannot fault any of their songs. I love them all, and Dude Trips have definitely made it into my top 5 small bands! They're phenomenal, and you really do need to go and check them out if you haven't already, because they're insane! 

I think they're going to be a band that whenever there's something to feature, they're going to be featured on here... as long as they don't hate me and my content! Honestly, blown away by them and their talent! 

If you are however looking for a few songs to check out without diving into it all, check out Through Love & Death, Tampa Bay and Kit. 

Where To Find Dude Trips

Apple Music

 Where To Find Me; 

My Novel 
Small Band Appreciation Playlist (Spotify)

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