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An Interview With Trip Ray

A new release from Trip Ray brings out a lush and Technicolor psychedelic rock vastness that has a way of pulling you into a different world altogether and once you're there you don't want to leave.

The Cinematica album is brimming with experimental trippiness and twangy tones that have a way of engulfing you and keeping you right where they want to.

This release has an amazing amount of originality and ultra-creativeness that bears the influence of classic rock acid trips, and it all is done with such a level of love and intricacy that it can't be turned away from.

This album is the kind of record that's an actual experience and I really miss records like that as a whole so it's very refreshing to have some vibrant and unique originality and energy put into a release like this.

The record has some great songs that stand on their own two feet and could easily be singles but to really soak it in properly you should be listening to this album as a whole.

This is a form of escapism and I think it's something that we all need when we listen to big pieces of music.

This is indeed a large-scale piece of work and the thought that goes behind even the dynamic of the tones and soundscape that come through was really well done and authentic.

This was like watching a film or reading a really good book and then when it's over, looking up and around the room again just to reacclimate yourself to reality once more.

You have to love an album that takes you away and brings you to a place you haven't been yet because it's so appreciated when you get back to your world.

Everything about this was done with loving hands and it obviously comes from a band that has that pure love for their craft otherwise it wouldn't have turned out anything like this.

An absolute passion project, this record gives you something that you don't normally get from albums.

The songs are lush, graceful, and flowing, and have certain levels of haunt that lurk just beneath the surface at times.

It's been a while since I heard such a wonderfully woven record like this and everything from the guitars to the vocals bring such a unique atmosphere to the table.

You get the feeling of the soundtrack from an early '70s Western in a way and they build into different forms which creates these textures that you can float along with and eventually just be washed away alongside everything.

This was one massive, unforgettable album and with its release, we wanted to have a sit down with Trip Ray to find out what inspired it and how it all came to be.

Here's what happened.

Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with the Cinemática album! This record had such a vast and lush set of songs with twangy guitars, organs, and indeed a cinematic backbone! How did this album come about?

It comes to light in Nicolaj’s head. He came to our studio during the recording session, and he said, “We should call it Cinemática”. And that it was, an homage to Sergio Leone and Stanley Kubrik, and other soundtracks born from our mental journey. We love to tell stories.

Buzz Slayers: When did this start for you as a band?

Roberto and Nicolaj met for the first time at a Psychic Ill's concert, then living in the same neighborhood in Copenhagen. They met often on the street and talked about making music together, but Nicolaj was in another band at the time and Roberto was trying to make a solo project. In 2022 it happened, and they finished their first album in a couple of weeks. Nicolaj on the microphone and Roberto on the music.

Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?

Nicolaj: Apart from life and rock’n’roll itself? I guess it sparks between the voice, the rhythm, the sounds, and the words. It’s like when Roberto plays a tune for me, I take it personally and the words just begin to flow. Off because it helps with a frame, about halfway through the making of Cinemática we realized that we kind of were making soundscapes and soundtracks for imaginary movies with a song on the top. That realization really helped to push on with a direction for both the sounds and the words.

Buzz Slayers: This record has some great styles on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?

Roberto: I've always been a lover of ’60 and ’70 music. Especially psychedelic music at that time, but I should admit that the last decade of neo-psychedelia has influenced me. The Underground Youth, Spacemen 3, Black Market Karma, and Brian Jonestown Massacre are a landmark of this era.

Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?

Nicolaj is a renowned poet and writer in Denmark and Roberto is an electrical engineer.

Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?

Roberto: These days I’m totally absorbed into “Lord Can You Hear Me” of Spacemen 3 and I guess that we will make a cover song of it one day.

Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now?

We have focused on a second album in this period. We think that we must have more songs before we play a live performance. Then we should find someone who can help to play our songs, which are based on more guitars, keyboard, drums, and bass. Roberto can't play everything live at the same time.

Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this?

We have a tiny and vibe studio close by the center of Copenhagen where we can record in total freedom our songs. It’s a cosy hippie place for us. If it sounds good, why should we hit a big studio?

Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

Well, a new album is coming, and I assure you that it will be a masterpiece. Stay tuned!

Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Thank you is just a simple word to describe how much we appreciate that you’re listening to our songs. We make music for fun with passion and then if our sound hits someone, our souls are just grateful. Peace and rock’n’roll dear!!

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