Trip 7 / Trip Seven
What more could you expect from guys that grew up in the hard working industry city of Fort Smith, Arkansas? "We are children of the 80's, son's of the baby boomers, a destination unknown/generation X.
On March 7 of 2005 long time musical duo Joey Farr and Gabriel Berry saw long time friend Ben Horton at Rooster's Blues Bar in Downtown Fort Smith. At that time Joey and Gabriel were starting a "new" band from a foundation the two had worked on from 1999. March 7th was the night slotted for the first band practice, but the first bassist in mind had flaked out. Imagine that? So that night, bummed out about the no show Jaco, they go to have a beer and talk over options. And there he sat drinking a beer on the balcony of Rooster's, Gabe and Joey quickly looked to each other and turned to Ben and said with a smile "Benny HO!!!!!" "What have you been up to?......Still got that custom 6 string bass?......Do you have the time to rock? Joey says "it was kinda magical how it all worked out". The next day the trio had there first rehearsal as Trip Seven.
777 played their first Show @ Ava's Village Pub, Sunday March 20th 2005. The gig was a birthday party for a friend named Jenna. She is the one responsible for the actual name "Trip Seven". We got sick of saying "Seven Seven Seven" so we would just say "Triple Seven". Then as the drunken night progressed, she rang out the famous words "TRIP SEVEN ROCKS". And that's history. That Sunday was the first time "Trip Seven" ever stepped on a stage. Soon after that, Trip Seven was booked solid at almost every venue in Fort Smith every weekend after that for a year.
From March 20th 2005 through Jan 1st of 2006 Trip Seven played over 50 shows. On the One year birthday of Trip Seven they will have played at least 77.7 shows. (yes i said point seven)
What better way to celebrate the one year birthday of a band than with the recording of a Debut Album? Well, I guess you would go on tour. Thats just what Trip Seven will be doing this 2006.
The Trip 7 Formula:
Joey Farr: Born March 28th 1981 The only place to start is his guitar playing, he has been compared to the likes of John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, and just about every other shredder. "I am a Musician before I am a Guitarist, Guitar is just the easiest way for me to express the sounds in my mind". His lyrics are captivating, as if he were revealing the secrets of the earth, "I try to write songs about things other than deep rooted theological, astrological, or spiritual things, and I do, but it always comes back down to that subject."
Other Bands: Whurm, Freek Speely, Excelsior, Closet Farmers, KannonBall Express, Junk Funktion
Ben Horton: Born October 9th, 1983 "Benny HO" An Incredible Musician all around as well a Bass, Ben host a vast musical knowledge. His ability to mix funk with difficult passages, makes him the perfect bassist for a power trio. Ben is one of the most open minded and versatile Bassist. It's hard to put a finger on his style other that "extreme eclectic". Watch out when he stomps on a box and plows over you with a "Bass Solo". His sound would be somewhere in the realm of Paul Mcartney, Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, or Stu Hamm.
Other Bands: Whurm, Lounge Lobby, Excelsior
Gabriel Berry: Born December 9th, 1983 Very Talented, Raw Emotion, He is the "Listeners Drummer" Exactly what you want to hear at exactly the right time. He has the feel of a new age Nick Mason from Pink Floyd but with a Metal/funk/bluegrass edge. Gabriel is the music fanatic of the band. He is always listening to something new, always bringing good element to the table. Quite possibly the greatest "AIR" musician of all time. "This guy is always ready to Rock".
Other Bands: Excelsior, KannonBall Express, Junk Funktion
Adam Robertson: Born December 31st, 1985 Adam has been banging on the keys since he was in grade school. His powerful style can sometimes bring the whole band together. You would almost believe he had a Doctrine in the school of funk. "Everything he plays is just plain "Nasty", says Joey.
Other bands: Whurm, Junk Funktion, Drowning in Dixie
They have an extensive catalog of Originals spanning 1999-present along with an extensive catalog of Cover/Renditions of bands like, Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, Sublime, Hendrix, Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Phish, Greatful Dead, Doors and many more. Trip 7 is sure to keep any party rockin till dawn. (literally)
The origin of the name Trip Seven began with Joey's obsession with the number 7, The first shows were booked as 777. Soon after people would call them Triple Seven, and then Finally "Trip Seven. But the concept remained the same, anything that involves the concept of 3 7's is Trip 7.