Words: Otis Hayes
Trip Westerns have loaded up their six shooters and fired their first shot upon the world in the form of their debut single ‘Free Mind’. The Brighton-based four-piece have their roots comfortably buried in the soil of mid-20th century rock and R&B, intertwined with lashings of surf and psychedelia – revelling in the twangy notes of spaghetti western soundtracks (see Ennio Morricone).
Beginning on calmer notes, we are met with pulsating rhythms from drums to guitar, dragging us by the wrist to 60’s-infused breakdowns. All the elements are knotted together with vocal lines that nod to The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, however delivered with their own soulful and chaotic identity.
‘Free Mind’ ends in a fuzz-driven frenzy, guitars meet drums and interlock alongside the bass groove in a whirlwind of unstoppable motion, catapulting us into a heavy, neck creaking breakdown. Trip Westerns are set to support Frankie and the Witch Fingers and Night Beats in Brighton and Sancho Panza in London on May 21st.