Sundogs – “Trip the Light”


Impressing already this year with the tracks “Freedom” and “Refuse,” Seattle-based band Sundogs continue releasing in support of their most recent (and fourth) album, Move. The most recent is a video for album cut “Trip the Light,” a satisfying rocker with resonating vocals, warm guitar twangs, and spirited backing organs. The video finds the full band playing in front of various locales, from mountain heights to outer space and seaside. The driving guitars, both of the heavy rhythm guitar and psych-friendly acoustic qualities, endear throughout. “I can’t say, what you think, you, feel, for me,” the vocals emerge just prior to a moving guitar solo passing the three-minute mark. “Trip the Light” is further exemplary of Sundogs’ throwback rock sound.

Sundogs member Stan Snow elaborates more on the track, below:

“This song is about the conversation that sometimes takes place when people are in the beginning phases of a relationship. It could also apply to the phases of a project. In business, we used to jokingly refer to the 6 phases of a project as 1. Enthusiasm, 2. Disillusionment, 3. Panic, 4. Search for the Guilty, 5. Punishment of the Innocent, and 6. Praise and Honors for the Non Participants. In relationships sometimes there is a spark that leads to infatuation, and then leads to disillusionment when the flaws that are inherent in all of us, become more visible. We all have to find our way. And sometimes our paths align, and other times they don’t. Navigating all of this depends on the chemistry of the people involved, and a shared desire to find mutually beneficial common ground, or not.

I wrote this tune using a Gretsch Duo Jet electric guitar played through a Divided by 13 amp. The guitar solo is played on an Xotic Strat through a ’59 Fender Twin. Jed came up with the piano hook and played some great Hammond organ. I am also playing two acoustic guitars, a 12 string Guild and a Gibson SJ-200.”

“Trip the Light” and other memorable tracks released in September can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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