Rising Scottish emo band DUDE TRIPS are delighted to announce that they have signed to Gallows’ label Venn Records for the release of their fourth EP, You Are The Reason I Hate Leaving, on 6th August 2021.
Surrounding the EP release, the band will be supporting Cardiff-based WWE NXT UK wrestler Mark Andrews’ three piece rock band JUNIOR on their August 2021 UK tour dates (see below for listings).
As a first taste of the record, Dude Trips are also pleased to reveal the video for lead single ‘Evergreen’ which is released on 28th May 2021.
Commenting on the track, vocalist/bassist Jamie Mathers said: “I haven’t written too many break up songs but I feel this one is emotive and the most important one I have written to date—showing that everything can fall apart even at the best of times. My partner at the time struggled a lot with mental health and something I learned along the way is that although you’re there to help, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to just go away. She still means a lot to me and I guess this song is a thank you to her for the time we spent together.
“‘Evergreen’ touches on depression and the effects of suicide, and I really wanted to raise awareness in the video for something that not only has impacted me, but something I feel may help people to reach out, seek help or even just talk to someone. Our band gives us a platform—not a very big one, but one I think it’s important to talk on about these types of issues and struggles that people are having day to day. Hopefully we’re making sure that whoever is out there listening is not alone.”
All bandcamp proceeds from the single will go to Y Suffer In Silence, a person-centred non-judgemental emotional listening support group and counselling service local to the band.
“Founded in our home town of Fraserburgh, Y Suffer In Silence go out of their way to help those struggling locally with mental health disorders and issues,” says Mathers. “As a band we have lost friends due to mental health problems and often feel smaller towns are left behind in comparison to larger cities when it comes to getting the help needed, so that’s why we have decided to support and donate to a small local charity that is close to home.”
“Raising money is one thing, but our end goal is to spread the word and raise as much awareness as we can through our music and hopefully it can make the difference needed to push the people who are struggling to reach out for help.”
The band will also be releasing a t-shirt designed by their friend Ben at Vacant Soul Design with 20% of every sale going to Y Suffer In Silence.
Sequestered in the far north-eastern coastal wilds of Fraserburgh, Scotland, Dude Trips’ sound draws from much wider and more varied influences than their remote, sleepy seaside town origins might allude to. Wearing vulnerability and emotion on their sleeve, the band deliver a weighty strain of modern emo augmented by captivating, hard-hitting lyrics that can’t help but make the listener feel a part of their intricately-told stories.
Since forming in late summer 2016, the band have released 3 EPs—Sad Lads (2017), Keepsake (2018) and Songs For The Broken Hearted (2021), and their 2019 debut full length album Through Love & Death, You’re All I Have Left on Side Mission Records—which made positive waves throughout the alternative UK music scene, receiving praise from Kerrang! Fresh Blood’s Alex Baker, and most recently Alternative Press.
Prior to the pandemic, Dude Trips embarked on their biggest run of shows to date in support of their debut album, where they began to see the effects of the record take hold in the form of a rapidly-growing fan base outside their home town.
The band used the available time between lockdowns to travel down to Glasgow to demo new material for You Are The Reason I Hate Leaving with drummer Sean Mitchell, and within days set off to Kent to work with Ricky Beetlestone once again, who would go on to produce the forthcoming new EP.
Tickets on sale now: https://www.musicofjunior.com/tour