Bands to Watch #106: Trip

By on Monday, 6th April 2009 at 12:00 pm

Trip (side)This week we’d like to introduce Alex Child, aka Trip, a fierce North London rapster who waxes-lyrical about “the tragi-comic kaleidoscope” that is city life. His indie-grime tunes echo that of The Streets (The Sun tipped him the “new Mike Skinner”), along with an added splash of cheeriness, ala Just Jack. Alex also happily dips into pop, punk, electro and down right rock ‘n’ roll. Trip’s genre-spanning sounds are reflected in his unsurprisingly mixed-bag of influences, which include Bob Dylan, Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against the Machine, Barbara Streisand, Wiley, The Jam and Muse.

You may have already heard Alex’s debut single, ‘River Phoenix’. The comedic, yet touchingly sweet pop tune follows ‘Mike’, who, at the end of a fairly successful date “didn’t get a kiss goodnight” cos his young-love finds out “River Phoenix died”. The lyrics aren’t Shakespeare admittedly, but you can relate to them, and most importantly, they make you smile. Check out the hilarious video to the track, below:


Alex has already worked with a range of impressive names, including Justin Timerlake, Busta Rhymes and Outkast. Trip certainly looks set to make it big himself this 2009, however. Alex’s debut album ‘Short Cuts’ will be released this Spring, while his new single which I just told you about, ‘River Phoenix’, is out April 12th. You can also catch Trip live at XFM’s Big Night Out alongside The Noisettes and Dinosaur Pile-Up, this Thursday.

Interested? Well why not head over to his MySpace page now for further details on the above, as well as all future gigs, pre-ordering his music and other general Trip gossip.

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