Guilt Trip

Guilt Trip

Trying to harness the sonic potential in a three-piece rock band is a matter of chemistry. Combining the elements of thoughtful rhythms, gritty guitar, driving bass, a healthy dose of melody, and a liberal quantity of harmony in various proportions yields volatile results that reflect what Guilt Trip sounds like. It is a basic formula, but one that promises to open minds and dissolve paradigms. For those of you searching for an idiom, Guilt Trip is a rock band (think Descendents, Lagwagon, Alkaline Trio, The Cars, Propagandhi etc.). For those of you wondering what the band is doing, they are releasing their first full-length album and booking tourdates. The winter of 1997 in Calgary, Canada was frigid, white and full of discovery. In a high school chemistry laboratory, a slender young drumming skateboard punk with “Civil Disobedience” painted on the back of his jacket, and an overachieving hack guitarist shared a desk and visions of rock, roll, and the table of elements. Respectively, they were Tyler Pickering and Dean Rudd. Assembled in a suburban basement along with bassist Jason Sinclair, the trio wrote and grew into their instruments while opening their eyes to the world around them. Performing for the first time at the University of Calgary’s “Black Lounge” while the snow began to melt in 1997, Guilt Trip stumbled forward and into the real world. Dean started college and released the all-empowering “demo tape” of the band’s first studio experience as a business school project. Of this crisis an indie label called Meter Records and a place in the local scene for Guilt Trip were born. One song was featured on a nationally distributed compilation released by Hourglass Records called The Two-Minute Wonder. It was a big deal to be featured on a CD with punk-rock heroes Diesel Boy, Ten Foot Pole, Field Day, Belvedere, and Downway. Through the years the trio would also play with Good Riddance, Death by Stereo, Choke, Grimskunk, AFI, The Vandals, Rancid, and many others. This July the band even shared the stage with the heavyweights of the punk rock industry at the Vans Warped Tour in Calgary. As musical communities do, the Calgary scene began to evolve and revolve while Guilt Trip ventured across Western Canada in a rusted-out ‘77 Pontiac Safari Wagon during 1997/1998. It wasn’t long after the release of a split CD featuring six Guilt Trip songs in the fall of 1998 (“Wet Feet”, released on Meter Records) that the molecular structure of the group became unstable; Jason Sinclair left. For the next two years, while Tyler and Dean conducted experiments that featured two different bass-players and second guitarist, Guilt Trip was rebuilt on the platform of a more mature chemistry. Revisiting the Western Canadian frontier in a rusted-out ’77 Ford Econoline 150 with label-mates One Shot Left, the elements began to reassemble into a stable compound. Bassist Phil Brayton entered the lab during the recess of another frigid, white, suburban winter in 2001. All too familiar with a history of chemical experimentation himself, Phil was determined to balance out the on-going exothermic reaction in the band. How would this newfound compound react to a foreign environment? Guilt Trip re-entered the studio to record their debut album in February of 2001. Four years, three ex-bassists, two compilations, one ex-guitarist, and countless performances later, the group was again a triad of evolving creativity, but with greater wisdom. The result of this studio trial was a collection of 14 songs true to the vision of the cynically optimistic sonic chemists. So begins one very imbalanced journey. Pack your bags. ###

Hometown Calgary, AB Canada
When Formed December 1996  (22 years 9 months ago)
Influences Descendents, Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, Weezer, Green Day, Good Riddance, No Use For A Name.