The Strange Trip is a rock band from Orlando that draws heavy on psychedelic, rockabilly, and blues influences. The band has been around since 2011, and consists of member, Jason Cavett, Trevor Brown, and Joe Varney. The band has been playing shows around the Central Florida area including, Backbooth, The Social, Dunedin Brewery, and Tanqueray just to name a few. On Monday April 18th, the band brought their unique rock sound to the Full Sail Live Venue.
This show was a part of the campus Show Production degree’s final project, and they pulled out all the stops. The lighting reminisced of a 60’s nightclub flashing bring colors over the band and the audience, all while hallucinogenic images played on the projection screen behind the band. The stage was set for a trippy psychedelic show and the guys did not disappoint. The Strange Trip began their set switching between songs that had blues and funk influences similar to something Stevie Wonder would have played in the early 70's. There were even blues vibes reminiscent of The John Mayer Trio, which is John Mayer's heavily blues influenced side project with partners Pino Palladino and Steve Jordan.
Towards mid-set, songs with reggae rock vibes were sprinkled in perfectly, propelling the vibe already set forth. The guys even experimented with grunge rock, with a tune that was audibly reminiscent of mid 90’s Pearl Jam. But perhaps the most surprising thing was the way lead singer Jason Cavett really showed his guitar skills on his Fender Stratocaster. This was most notable on the surf rock inspired instrumental songs towards the end of their set. The songs seemed to flow together perfectly as the band took the Full Sail Live Venue on a unique multi-genre rock journey.
The guys in The Strange Trip are able to encompass vibes of reggae, funk, ska, surf rock, blues, and alternative rock in a way not easily done. The bands ability to embody many different genres, and not seem like a mediocre garage band, is truly a one of a kind feat. The show the guys put on was the perfect thing to take away our Monday blues. You can catch the band at Tanqueray’s in Orlando at an upcoming show on May 4th. Check them out and let them take you on a strange trip.
Written by Holly Walny
This is a blog following the students' work at 3300+ Climbing.