So, when was the last time you walked into a bar at 9pm on a Saturday night and saw, amidst the pints and excellent choice of classic indie and punk being played by the DJ’s…People with their heads buried in a paper thick with dense type, erudite words on music, vibes, theatre and not only that…But people under the age of grey hair and crumbling knee’s? Where are the iPads? Where’s the instant gratification of the 3 second news feed and rolling RSS?
Welcome to the launch of The Trip / 2. A proper inky, tangible and papery bit of press pulled together by Kyle Dickson. It seeps on to your hands as you read it. It has an odour redolent of the 1980’s print battles with Rupert Murdoch. It folds, creases and after digestion, would make a great paper boat. And it’s free.
How does that happen?
Via the medium of hard work, the sense of a vibe, the feeling that a surf is building up in Berwick that is white tipped with talent, originality and a real sense that something, somewhere is going to happen. The Trip is the antennae for all this. It reminds me of a favourite magazine – Uncut – produced by the oldsters who used to staff the old and inky NME & Sounds and which is a rich fest of music, words and anecdotes. With one difference though – The Trip is very much of the now.
I think that it also perfectly demonstrates the law of creativity, in that that good stuff comes out of adversity. No money, at the end of the East Coast Line, a million miles away from the 5 minutes trends of London, a little bit sleepy. But that is exactly what provides the springboard for doing something. If your hometown is rubbish, you’ll do something about it. If your hometown is the equivalent of a New Arcadia, then what are you gonna do? Kick back, listen to Pan and his godawful pipes, eat grapes and do nothing. You’ll probably turn into Brian Eno.
I wrote, in an earlier post, how the internet is re-wiring the brains of its users to concentrate information only within the narrow confines of 30 seconds worth of reading. There’s a bit more than that in The Trip. The internet is great.
The Trip though, is greater.
p.s. The Barrels had Dark Horse on tonight…Quite simply the most glorious beer ever…Brewed by The Scottish Borders Brewery. Yum.