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Thrash metal and technical writing collide with Power Trip

Thrash metal and technical writing collide with Power Trip

April 28
02:38 2016

Austin Cox | Staff Writer


There is palpable tension before a Power Trip show – a feeling of anticipation and anxiety that permeates a sea of black-shirt-clad metal-heads.

Vocalist Riley Gale takes the stage and delivers a call-to-arms to the horde of anxious fans.

“We’re Power Trip from Dallas, Texas,” Gale said. “Let’s see if we can get this venue added to the list of places we’re banned from.”

Immediately after, a mist of sweat saturates the room as bodies fly off the stage, hands and arms are thrown with reckless abandon and the flash of cameras illuminate the room to capture the insanity unfolding inside a small but packed-out venue.

Power Trip, since forming in 2008, has risen from the ranks as local D-FW band to taking the stage in the national spotlight as one of the nation’s premier aggressive rock bands possessing elements of the thrash and punk spirit.

Gale, a UNT alumnus with a degree in technical writing, has found himself in a position of unexpected success but still has a driving passion for writing.

“This all has been completely unexpected, honestly. At first I thought I’d just do technical writing and would do gigs on the side when I could,” Gale said, standing drenched from head-to-toe in sweat after playing an intense set. “I choose technical writing early on because I wanted to do writing but I wanted options.”

Gale retains an interest and desire to be involved in writing as a professional vocation.

“My dream job would be an editor-in-chief – I feel like I’m better at refining,” Gale said. “Which is evident in my lyrics since I borrow from all different literary themes and refine it into a musical context.”

Following a myriad of releases, Power Trip turned many heads with their debut record “Manifest Decimation.” The record fuses hardcore punk with thrash metal in tandem with literary themes unlike typical party songs associated with new-wave thrash.

Riley Gale of Power Trip interacts with the crowd during South By So What!?. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Riley Gale of Power Trip interacts with the crowd during South By So What!?. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

Attributing to this was the sharp musicianship and dynamic song-writing. This earned them opportunities to play a host of festivals and tours from SXSW to a recent full length U.S. tour with Lamb of God, Anthrax and Deaf Heaven.

“I love exposing people who may not have any interest in underground punk or metal to our sound,” Gale said. “And with a tour like the Lamb of God one or with SXSW, we have the opportunity to expose people to a style they may never have heard before, and that to me is what excites me the most about playing shows outside of the hardcore scene.”

Many bands in the metal and hardcore scene wear their influences proudly on their sleeves, and Power Trip is no exception.

“Everyone in the band is a music fan, and I think that translates into our songs,” Gale said. “Yes, you can hear remnants of bands like slayer, but there’s just as much taken from punk stuff like GBH or English Dogs.”

Power Trip has the ability to draw in fans from all fan-bases of music, which is unique since most bands in the sub-genre struggle to capture the attention of anyone outside of their respective scene.

“We didn’t expect to be so big so fast – like, in some weird way I feel super blessed and just goes to show how talented the guys in the band are and how passionate we are for this music,” Gale said. “There’s so many good bands that fly under the radar and we have this opportunity for people to pay attention to us, and it feels awesome.”

Gale has become well-known for his onstage persona and stage antics.

“The dude knows how to work a crowd, for sure,” long-time fan and stage manager for the Norman Music Festival in Norman, Oklahoma Alex Morris said.

He has witnessed several of Power Trip’s performances and describes them as frenetic and down-to-earth.

“When they played the fest this past Friday, Riley had complete control of the crowd. You can definitely tell that he doesn’t have a rock star attitude, he genuinely cares about the fans,” Morris said.

Power Trip is currently in the process of recording their second full-length record slated for a summer or fall 2016 release. And with eight years of shows, Gale still remains grounded in reality and doesn’t expect to keep up the hectic touring lifestyle forever.

“I don’t want the band to feel like a grind, if at any point I feel we’ve hit a ceiling creatively and we stop progressing, that’s when I might start with a writing gig,” Gale said. “I like working with people and I like collaborating, and I think working in a writing, advertising, or marketing environment you get that collaboration that feels similar to playing in a band.”

Featured Image: Power Trip performs at South By So What!?. Meagan Sullivan | Visuals Editor

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