'Field Trip' Is A Trip To Be Wary Of
Noah "Champ" Davies' 'Field Trip' is most certainly one to look out for as we take a look at what they have to offer.
Originally from Westlake California, New York City-based musical outfit, Field Trip is on their way up and will be looking to stay there. They have recently released a debut EP, 'Sounds Inside Your Mind' that will leave you embarking on a psychedelic journey, creating a juxtaposition between a plethora of colourful sounds, and dark melancholic lyrics.
Davies, to my surprise is only a first year student at New York University. He’s currently enrolled in the highly selective Clive Davis program at the Tisch School of the Arts. The very same program that gave birth to Grammy nominated Ellie Varner. This small and intimate program includes a notable faculty of Nick Sansano, Grammy awarded sound engineer Jim Anderson, Questlove, Desmond Child, Ryan Leslie and Swizz Beats amongst others. Moreover, every member of Davies’ live band is also part of the very same program, and as a result of their formal musical training, the band sounds incredible live and know how to put on a show. If you’re a trendy FKA Twigs fanatic, the members of Field Trip have got some serious style, rocking John Cale turtlenecks and Mick Jagger crop tops, they both look and sound the part. It’s also great laugh to be at their shows, as the band keeps things light hearted and cheery in laid back fashion.
They often perform the cover of Velvet Undergrounds “Rock and Roll”, and my word its Rock and Roll. It’s loud, grungy, distorted and everything you want in a Velvet Underground cover. They don’t sound cliché in the slightest, and it’s the kind of New York sound that I’ve been dreaming to hear. Field Trip has landed gigs in New York City’s iconic Webster Hall, where artists from Frank Sinatra, to Prince and even Sonic Youth have laid their magic. Apart from Webster Hall, they played a show at Baby’s All Right, where artists such as Mac Demarco, the Growlers and Blood Orange have played. In addition, they opened for Cloud Nothings at the 2015 Strawberry Festival in Greenwich Village.
It's quite astonishing to think that Davies was able to record and produce his EP from a bedroom in Westlake, California and East Village, New York City. The raw and slightly unrefined mastering certainly compliments its lo-fi sound. Their hit single, 'Song 4 Ca' is a romantic piece of writing that touches on his conflicting emotions when leaving LA for New York City. Since it's release, 'Song 4 Ca' has gained much popularity after been rated number 87 on BUZZFEED for their 99 best songs of 2015, and received plays on KCRW by radio host Gary Calamar. Moreover, they have recently recorded their track “Never” with Converse Rubber Tracks in New York City, as we wait for its nearby release. What I’m really getting at is that you don’t need to be into psychedelic rock, or epiphany pop to be into them, Field Trip’s music is accessible, universal and extremely refreshing.