Culture Shock 2012 Interview – Triptides
By: Molly Morgan
Recently I had the joy of interviewing Glenn Brigman, a member of the Triptides. The band, a Bloomington-based trio, will be performing at this year’s Culture Shock Festival. They are certainly surf-pop-rock connoisseurs, and their digital single Couch Surfer, is a perfect song for summer.
Molly: How did you get your start musically? How would you describe your musical influences?
Glenn: Triptides started when Josh Menashe and I started jamming in a practice room in the basement of the Forest dormitory. We even had one session where we setup the drums in his dorm and played until the RA made us stop. At least we got in 10 minutes of really loud dorm jams. As far as musical influence, 60′s music is pretty important; specifically surf groups, garage rockers and psychedelic pioneers. 80′s DIY pop, 90′s indie and a lot of new bands also deserve a mention.
Molly: How would you describe your sound?
Glenn: We’re somewhere between surf pop, psych rock and space jams.
Molly: What are your feelings about your upcoming Culture Shock performance? Have you played a venue or concert of this size before?
Glenn: We’re really stoked for Culture Shock. We haven’t played a festival this size since last July when we performed at Cubbfest in San Diego. Since then we’ve decided that playing to big crowds is really fun.
Molly: Does the name “Triptides” have any significance?
Glenn: The name Triptides is just part of a transmission we intercepted from a psychedelic beach party in space.
Molly: How do you like to spend your time when you’re not making music?
Glenn: When we’re not making music we go out to parties, listen to records, play smash brothers, drink yerba mate and space out.