Carpe Adventure: Let’s Take A TripLip Down Memory Lane…Sometimes Adventure Involves Amazing Hair

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from their FB

The first time I saw the current members of TripLip, Kevin and Pat, they were members of a different band, and they were playing at the Kacey Jones Pavilion in our little hometown. These boys were still in high school, and I…well I was not, hahaha! But I could already see the budding talent.

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Several years later, I saw them again, just the two of them, and they were jamming under the name of Judge DDrugs. Thistriplip001 time, I really paid attention! We were at a dive bar, fondly dubbed BarBar (probably not the name of the bar now) in Downtown Denver, Colorado. Instantly I was intrigued as these two oddly handsome fellows with AMAZING hair, took the “stage” (which was on the same level as everyone else–basically they took the corner of the room); one picking up a bass, the other climbing behind the set of drums. Before this, I had only ever seen one other band with this set up–a bass and some drums–and that was Red VS Black, another infamous group in my small town. Clay, the bassist for Red VS Black, was the first one to really make me take notice of the bass as an integral part of a band (as I mentioned in the blog about Facial)–I was honestly and superficially amazingly impressed by Clay’s arm muscles; takes a lot to play a bass that well and thoroughly, hahaha! (The drummer for Red VS Black is pictured above as the drummer for Pat and Kevin’s previous band. His name is Sam Tallent, and he is an accomplished comedian. Definitely look him up–he has even worked with the amazing T.J. Miller!)

But with Judge DDrugs, aka TripLip, it was the hair I noticed first, hahaha! This “experimental progressive” rock band was sporting some locks that would make Brett Michaels jealous! And I was in love, hahaha!!

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I am now a full-fledged fan, but I still have the boy-band-groupie love that revolves solely around their hair! I cannot explain enough how upset I was when Pat cut his off, hahaha!!triplip025 triplip023 triplip015

I have known them as TripLip for longer than Judge DDrugs, and I have seen TripLip play many times. In fact, when my photo gathering for this blog started to head towards triplip040, I had to back off. These two are my absolute favorite band members to photograph (again, because of the hair, hahaha!). Also, the faces that they make. Even if this is not the type of music that you enjoy listening to, I guarantee that you will totally enjoy watching them!!

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triplip019Pat is the man to know when it comes to going anywhere musically. He has been thetriplip021 frontrunner in every Mile High Festibowl–the main guy who sets up the locations, sets up the bands….he is just phenomenal. He is also a really nice guy! He has personally made me feel so special and needed at his shows. Although he is capable of playing other instruments, I really love watching him on the drums. No matter what band he is playing in (there happens to be quite a few), from heavy metal, or experimental progressive, to surf rock, to a little bit of a Macklemore vibe (sorry Preston, hahaha! I know you dislike that reference), he is crazy good! Pat is consistently maintaining a connection with both the fans and his fellow band mates. Pat lets you know that he sees you, and he appreciates that you are there. And he is an outstanding drummer! He puts his all into drumming–forces you to notice that he is there, hahaha! You never forget about the drummer when he is around! And he makes the best faces ever!!!triplip006triplip022

Kevin….what can I say about Kevin….hahaha! Just kidding! I would call Kevin “the Mouth!!” Not triplip028only does he possess one of the biggest orifices that I have ever seen, he is also super loud!! Kevin is always in the triplip027crowd while the other bands are playing, and one can easily hear his “Yip! Yip!” above any noise, as he shows his support for his fellow musicians. He is also in the crowd while playing, hahaha. He has a really long cord and super supportive fans who never let him get tangled. In addition to being a bassist, Kevin is also the lead singer. Yes, most of the lyrics are screamed at you, but he has such an interesting and identifiable voice, you can’t help but enjoy it. And his bass skills….I will really dive into it in a later post, but I recently went to a TripLip concert at the Lion’s Lair on the 17th, and, unfortunately, Pat could not attend. Instead of cancelling the show, Kevin decided to do it solo. Honestly, I was like, “Really? How is a bassist alone going to entertain this crowd?” Man, did he make me feel guilty for even doubting him!! Keven went up there with a bass and a looper pedal (unsure if that was the technical term for that particular piece of equipment, I’m mainly a photographer, hahaha!), and blew my effing mind!! This guy had the entire audience enthralled. He didn’t sing or anything like that; he just played every inch of that instrument–strumming, plucking. taking a tour of the entire neck of the thing–forearm muscles moving and bulging and veining the whole way. This huge-mouthed, loud, long-haired rebel is a beast on that thing! Truly talented!

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from their FB

TripLip just got back from a national tour. Sure, they packed a bunch of dudes in a van, as opposed to a spiffy tour-bus, but they still received great reviews and got to play with some sweet bands–like Daikaiju (so amazing!), Giraffes? Giraffes! (so talented!), Snail Mate (just saw them and I love them!), Lucida Tella (awesome), and many many more–from Colorado to Louisiana to Buffalo, New York, these boys have been all over!!

Richard Ingersoll, a former member of Cosmic Sound Child (mentioned in Facial), is a phenomenal guitarist and an absolutely jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring artist, sometimes joins the two for shows here in Colorado, and on tour.

from their FB, with Richard

from their FB, with Richard

Recently, TripLip has begun to wear masks during their performances, but due to an unfortunate accident with my harddrive, pictures for these amazing occasions are not available. But I do have several videos, the link to one of which, is listed below.

I strongly suggest to never limit your musical tastes, or let appearances detour you from attending an event, because you could miss out on some phenomenal talent! Again, I was a boy-bander. Pop music is my thing. Slowly, rock filtered in during high school, then a little rap and R&B. But it was not until I was 21 that my musical tastes exploded! If you would have asked me at 15 if I would go to a punk concert, the answer would have been a huge N-O. But my “brothers” needed a ride to Antiflag and The Casualties, and I was it. I treasure that concert because it brought me to where I am now–surrounded by a vast array of amazingly talented musicians. I can now say I love punk, math rock, surf rock, screamo, emo, and even a bit of dubstep (Shout out to DJ Thumper and DeadHand!!!). Carpe Adventure, people. And the very best thing? The people. Those dirty, scrouty punks are the best. They will pick you up when you fall, they will accept you as you are, if you are good to them they will go out of their way to be good to you….let’s just say that, if you get kicked out of a punk concert, you 100% deserve it, because you are a….jerk, yeah, let’s go with that, hahaha, a JERK! I mean, I still listen to “horrible music” on my own time, I rarely rock anything of these bands when they’re not in front of my face, but I find I am hard-pressed to turn down a TripLip concert!!! Good people, good vibe, good music, talented artists, and very very entertaining performance!

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So keep an eye out for TripLip!! They very well could be playing at a dive near you sometime soon!!

Watch their YouTube video, TripLip at Pho Cao: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0E7YZon9sc

Listen to their album: http://triplipdenver.bandcamp.com/

Check out their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TripLip-160031120718417

To check out their masked look, here is a decent video I shot (I am short and pliable, so it is shaky, hahaha!) at the Armory, Festibowl 2015: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.campbell.71271/videos/1132047610155001/

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*all other photos were taken by me! 🙂

The Mouth House: Sometimes an Adventure Looks Insane!!

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What would you say if someone invited you to a show in some random house in Denver? If they told you that you should probably bring your own toilet paper and sanitary wipes? If there were at least 13 people actually living inside of this music venue? Well I would hope that you would say yes, because quite a few of my favorite shows of all time ended up being in a grungy, run-down house in the middle of this burgeoning city!

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In 2011, a group of musically inclined friends from Elizabeth, Colorado, decided to move to Denver to create their own music venue—mainly for their own bands. So on the corner of 29th and California, on the outskirts of Denver in an area locally known as Five Points, sat an oddly built seven bedroom house….perfect!!

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Although the Mouth House is no longer, the depth of love I have for this house and its former occupants moved me to include it in our Carpe Adventure section. Oh man, what an adventure it was!! The only way I can really describe it is through pictures. From the moment I set foot on the threshold, I became the official unofficial photographer. I knew most of the bandmates from before, anyway, and the ones I didn’t, soon came to accept and love me as much as my Hooligans. In fact, Pat, one of the founders of the Mouth House—and the subsequent Mouth Bomb Records that came forth—started personally requesting my presence, because I took “hott pictures of him.”

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Let me paint the picture, this looming three-story disheveled leviathan of a house looks like it came directly out of a scary movie, like Amityville Horror or Texas Chainsaw Massacre; except it is located in the heart of a downtown suburb, across from a school. A black fence surrounds the house, and you enter through the side gate in which to reach the “main door” located in the backyard. Up three janky concrete steps, you enter the mudroom, where some member of the household normally sat to beg you for donations. It was definitely for a good cause though, and they didn’t ask for much, so even I—practically a member of the house—felt compelled to donate what I could. From the mudroom into the kitchen, where the evidence of the house’s previous life as a special needs home is most prevalent, seeing as the cabinets were set way up by the ceiling—only reachable by ladder, I swear. Most of the occupants being men of the six-foot and above variety, I found it comical that they couldn’t reach them either. From the kitchen, you can reach most of the areas of the house, including the access to the basement. First of all….AAAHHH!! That place was scary. The wooden steps were steep, and went straight down into a dirt floor. My first night there, I believe I incidentally started the rumor that this is where they hid the bodies…..I will not tell you the rest, because it is morbidly unpleasant, hahaha!

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Back upstairs in the kitchen, you can enter the “dining room.” The first time I walked into this room, it was where they had the bands set up. Later, it became the audience section, while the living room—connected by an open arch—became the stage. Off of the dining room lies the main bathroom, and access to a couple of the bedrooms—which were heavily guarded while there were shows. I mean, why wouldn’t you keep them locked up? People still have to live here, haha! From the living room, there is another side door that is primarily used as a loading dock area for the bands to bring in their gear. Through another doorway is a hallway, which leads to the original front door. This one is rarely used during shows, seeing as the hallway is used for backup storage space for equipment. To the left of the door is the main set of stairs which leads you to the second floor. At the top are most of the bedrooms—surprisingly, I have only ever been in one—and further down sits the second bathroom. A cherished space for most of the original Mouth Housers, seeing as the main bathroom was always so busy. I will never forget, however, the night of the first Halloween celebration, when, after I finished my business, I randomly peeked at the bath tub—lo and behold there was an alligator in it! Aaahh!!

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Beyond the bathroom was the “game room,” later to be turned into a wall-less bedroom. Also, on nights when there were several “stages” set up, this room also became a stage. One of my favorite features of this room was the window—it overlooked the backyard. I frequently traversed up to that window after a set, because as soon as the music stopped, everyone rushed outside to catch some fresh air! That many bodies shoved into one space generates a lot of heat! So I rushed up to take a picture of the crowd in the yard.

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Beside the window were the stairs to the third floor—what most would assume to be an attic. Not these guys though! There were several bedrooms up here, as well as their make-shift studio. Mouth Bomb Records was essentially born in this attic!

Heading back downstairs toward the “game room” and taking your immediate left would lead you to the back stairs—the weirdest stairs I have ever been on! It was curved, oddly mind you, and the steps were too tall. The handrail fell off long ago, and they were so steep and twisted, that I am honestly surprised that there weren’t any major accidents! Although, plenty, including me, fell down those stairs at least once! This stairway was a particular favorite of mine, because as the members of the house blossomed and expanded, so did the whole house. Artwork covered the walls, and this stairway was absolutely no exception! It was literally beautiful! Traveling artists covered the entire area with melty, trippy, random beauty! I loved it.

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Mouth House became a legend. Closing down, due to circumstances beyond their control, broke a lot of hearts, haha! And I know that Halloween will never be the same! Although I still see the members of the household, and still get to see the various traveling bands that had come in and out, I miss that house! Situations like these only come around once in a lifetime, and I am so proud, amazed, and honored to have been a part of it!

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So we have to settle now, for the annual Festibowl, held in Denver and run by my buddy Pat, the founder of Mouth Bomb Records. In fact, there is recent buzz surrounding Mouth Bomb Records, as Westword just wrote an article on them. I would definitely suggest checking them out! If you love music, if you love the gritty realness and the Woodstock vibe of so many bodies pressed together to really enjoy the music, if you want to support local music, or become involved in it—check out these guys! Mouth Bomb Records on Facebook, is a great place to start! And if you want to see the multitude of pictures not included in this article, go check out my FB! You will also see the continuation of the Festibowls and other shows that spotlight these amazing people!

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Some great bands to look out for: Tell Me About Bruce Banner, King Guy, Vampirates, Red vs. Black, Tomorrow’s Paramount, Parafunk, Cosmic Sound Child and Ha Ha Hooligans (both are broken up, but they are still amazing!), TripLip, SpeedWolf, DJ Thumper, DeadHand, Solterra, Blind Man Deaf Boy, Little Fyodor, Fiction is Fun, Third Seven, and my personal favorite Facial—just to name a few!