Aftershock Festival: Power Trip Interview

We had the chance to sit down with Riley Gale of Power Trip at Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA on October 22, 2017 at Discovery Park.

Power Trip is a heavy metal band hailing from Dallas, Texas that consists of Riley Gale, Blake Ibanez, Chris Ulsh, Nick Stewart, and Chris Whetzel. Earlier this year, the band released their second EP, Nightmare Logic via Southern Lord which has eight tracks. The group also announced this week of European dates next year with Trivium, Code Orange (UK only), and Venom Prison. Tickets will be available for purchase on November 10.

The band states, “We’re honored to come to Europe for our fifth time, especially with such a massive band as Trivium. We’re excited to watch and learn from Trivium and hang out with our friends in Venom Prison. The end of the tour has Code Orange joining the package; it’ll be good to play with those lunatics again. That’s it. That’s all. Don’t fuck up and miss this tour.”

Hey Riley! How hyped are you for your show this evening?

Hey, guys! I’m really excited for the show tonight. I can’t wait for it.

You just came off tour with Obituary, Exodus, and Dust Bolt. How were the shows on that run?

The shows were just amazing. The guys in all the bands were so friendly and open and it was an amazing experience to perform with them. It was truly a blessing.

What is one item you must bring on the road with you? Any special food or snacks?

One thing I absolutely have to bring on the road is a book. I was going to school earlier for literature and I am just really into it. I’ll be at the airport and I’m known to get some baaaaad books there. I have to be reading SOMETHING.

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like everything, but I recently have been into comics; they can be as heavy or as light as you want. I used to read some heavy, dense text when I was in school and so I can really get into some of the deeper storylines.

What is a typical day for you when you’re on the road?

A typical day for us is waking up at a really sketchy kinda motel *chuckle*, eating breakfast, and then hitting the road until we hit the next city. When we get there, we set up, do sound check, eat dinner, perform, go to bed, and start all over again. We don’t get as much time to ourselves as people would think.

You’re going to be opening up for Cannibal Corpse next month, and you have two San Francisco dates on the list. Do you plan on doing any sightseeing when you are back in Northern California?

We’ll be in SF for two days, but we probably won’t have much time to do any sightseeing. we have some friends over in the city though so we might collaborate with them and decide with everyone else what to do.

Lastly, what are your plan for next year?

Our plans for next year are to go on more tours and hopefully start recording again by the end of next year. Definitely keep your eyes peeled on our social media accounts for all this information.

Make sure to follow the band on social media at @powertriptx for all updates!

North America:

11.8 Dallas, TX – Trees

11.9 Houston, TX – White Oak

11.10 Austin, TX – The Mokawk

11.12 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red

11.13 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

11.14 San Francisco, CA – Slims

11.15 San Francisco, CA – Slims

11.17 Seattle, WA – Neumos

11.18 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

11.19 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

11.20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

11.22 Denver, CO – Summit

11.24 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

11.25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall

11.26 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom

11.27 Waterford, NY – Chrome

11.28 Boston, MA – Royale

11.29 New York, NY – Stage 48

11.30 Philadelphia, PA – TLA

12.1 Richmond, VA – Broadberry

12.2 Jacksonville, NC – The Tarheel

12.3 Greensboro, NC – Pete’s

12.5 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall

12.6 Nashville, TN – Exit/In

12.7 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

12.8 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

12.9 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s


18.1 Berlin, DE – Asta Kulturhaus

19.1 Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Ronda

20.1 Dresden, DE – Eventwerk

21.1 Munich, DE – Backstage

22.1 Zurich, CH – Komplex

23.1 Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof

24.1 Brno, CZ – Sono

25.1 Lichtenfels, DE – Stadthalle

26.1 Torhout, BE – De Mast

27.1 Oberhausen, DE – Turbinenhalle

28.1 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town

11.3 Koln, DE – Live Music Hall

12.3 Oberhausen, DE – Turnbinehalle 2

15.3 Stockholm, SE – Fryshuset Klubben

16.3 Oslo, NO – Rockefeller

17.3 Norkoping, SE – Arbis

19.3 Helsinki, FI – Nosturi

21.3 Gothenburh, SE – Pustervik

22.3 Copenhagen, DK – Pumphuset

23.3 Berlin, DE – Huxleys

24.3 Leipzig, DE – Taubchenthal

25.3 Warsaw, PL – Progresja

27.3 Prague, CZ – Roxy

28.3 Bratislava, SI – Majestic

29.3 Budapest, HU – Durer Kert

30.3 Vienna, AT – Simm City

01.4 Zagreb, HR – Tvornica

02.4 Ljubijana, SI – Kino Siska

03.4 Novara, IT – Phenomenon

04.4 Zurich, CH – Komplex

06.4 Bilbao, ES – Sala Santana 27

07.4 Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo

08.4 Barcelona, ES – Sala Razzmataz

10.4 Geneva, CH – L’usine

11.4 Munich, DE – Tonhalle

12.4 Stuttgart, DE – LKA Longhorn

13.4 Paris, FR – Bataclan

15.4 Antwerp, BE – Trix

16.4 Bristol, UK – Academy*

17.4 Birmingham, UK – Academy*

19.4 Glasgow, UK – Academy*

20.4 Manchester, UK – Academy*

21.4 London, UK – Brixton Academy*

*Code Orange Performing UK Only


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