Tripper and the Wild Things – Five Questions With


Tripper and the Wild Things share their latest single, “Get Burnt”

Hamilton, ON-based indie-rock band, Tripper and the Wild Things recently released their single, “Get Burnt.”

Farther down the line, farther away. Things become more distant as time passes, be it old friends, great memories, or even former lovers. “Get Burnt,” the latest single from Tripper and the Wild Things, is all about coming to terms with the impermanence of our lives and reckoning with the complex emotions that it brings.

In the words of lead singer Josh Keillor:

“”Get Burnt” is a bit of a transitional song for us. In the most obvious sense, it was one of the first tracks we wrote after adding another member, and so we were able to incorporate more layers while still retaining more of a live-band style in our recordings. But more than that, the sudden change in lifestyle during a certain global event made the feeling that some things we had taken for granted were slipping away more stark than it had been.”

Listen to “Get Burnt” below, and learn more about Tripper and the Wild Things via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

We’re Tripper and the Wild Things from Hamilton, ON, and we play original tunes in the vein of bands like Weezer or Pixies. We’re also a full-time Doug and the Slugs cover band on the side, though weirdly, no one seems interested in booking us.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

“Get Burnt” is one of the first songs we wrote as a group after bringing on our fifth member, Peter. This impacted us in a couple of ways – more practically, it let us add some more layers and riffs to our tunes just by virtue of having an extra set of hands so that we could make the arrangements a little more intricate. More emotionally, though, the subtext of the addition was kind of omnipresent. This small thing called Covid-19 had led to Peter being free to join us and had also made clear through the resulting lockdown lifestyle that something that we had all been taking for granted was slipping away a little bit. This tune lyrically is a sort of coming to terms with that, or maybe more accurately, a poor attempt at coming to terms with it.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

We tend to write about what we go through. What we know, feel, and experience in everyday life that’s shaped who we are and hopefully are relatable experiences that we can share with everyone.

Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals you’d like to tell us about?

We’re currently on a bit of a break from playing live.

What’s your goal for 2022?

We’re super excited to be releasing our new EP, Fever Dreams, which is out everywhere on September 30th! We’re very proud of this one and can’t wait to share it.

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