They’re back. Trapped Under Ice has returned from their hiatus with a series of friend-packed tours promoting their latest drop Heatwave, a track-after-track explosion of positive energy. I caught up with Justice Tripp (frontman) and Brendan Yates (drums) for the first half of this interview and slowly but surely, the rest of their members, Jared, Sam and Brad made their way into the green room before their Los Angeles show.
Interview by Dani David: Who are you and where are you from?
Justice: I’m Justice and this is Brendan. We are members from Trapped Under Ice and we’re from different parts of Maryland. We have members from DC and Virginia as well.
What kind of music do you play and how long have you been a band?
Brendan: We play hardcore punk rock music and we’ve been a band for ten years now.
What brought you to hardcore music?
Brendan: I was first introduced to heavy rock music through the radio but also video games. Skate videos kind of introduced me to less accessible stuff like Suicidal Tendencies or Interpol. Things from different worlds but all stuff I wouldn’t have been able to find if I didn’t have those different ways of finding them.
What about skate videos had an impact on you?
Justice: I had friends and family that put me on to a lot of punk-rock music. I found out about a lot of the bands I like, like Rancid and a lot of cool hip-hop shit from skate videos. Shorty’s Fulfill the Dream was my favorite skate video and Chad Muska specifically was very relatable to me as a very urban-influenced white person. I think that video put me onto a lot of music that specifically was deeper than the hip-hop I was listening to on the radio. It turned me on to stuff like Gravediggaz, a lot of cooler hip-hop that sent me deeper into it when I was young, which is still stuff that influences me today. Sam: Osiris’ The Storm was very influential for me, culturally. It was very stylistically influential for me. There were a lot of good rap songs in there. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater soundtrack, obviously. It was massive when I was, like, 13.
What’s the first hardcore band that got you into this scene?
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