Toronto rockers, Day Trip, are making waves through their “gritty and pretty” sound, with their infectious, new, self-released single, Electric Lilies. It’s a bright track that pairs catchy lyrics with feisty riffs, and serious spunk. The spirited trio exudes the essence of Toronto’s Queen Street West indie rock scene, bringing in multiple decades of influence, and an array of new sonic elements. Electric Lilies is available to purchase on iTunes and stream on Spotify.
“We were inspired to write a tune that people could both dance and listen to depending on the mood. Kind of a musical ‘choose your own story’ type thing. It started out as a sunny guitar riff, which gave birth to a weighty chord progression and the song started taking shape,” says guitarist-vocalist, Thomas Sawa of the songwriting process. “We played it instrumentally for a while with a feverish urgency to it (probably the stupid amount of caffeine in the room), and that vibe sort of dictated which direction the lyrics wanted to go. So, there’s a bright and fun side to it, but also a desperate one. And, that duality is something that resonated with us.”
Day Trip is an alternative rock band that was born and bred in Toronto, Ontario – the core of the band consists of singers/guitarists Nathan Jesionka and Thomas Sawa, with Scott Hannigan on bass and providing backing vocals.
This new project is the culmination of years of playing in various bands in Toronto, kicking it around in the west end. Previously known as Towers, they have spent two years developing their chops, coalescing as artists and earning accolades such as finishing Top Ten in the 2015 Juno Master Class and opening for established acts such as Headstones, The Trews, and The Sheepdogs. The name change to Day Trip is indicative of a change in direction, coupled with a new-found focus.