NYHC heavy hitters, Outburst, have posted a video of their live cover of Power Trip’s “Executioner’s Tax." In memorial to charismatic frontman Riley Gale, Outburst will be donating all proceeds from the single to the Riley Gale Foundation to support LGBTQ+ youth, animal welfare, and mental health organizations around the greater Dallas area.
If Outburst doing a Power Trip cover seems random, it is not. The bands were connected when Power Trip covered the thunderous “Intro” track from Outburst’s seminal 1989 EP, Miles to Go.
The band comments, “Thanks to the wonders of the internet, the legend of Power Trip covering our ‘Intro’ during their live shows began to grow. Twitter threads, message board postings and YouTube clips of ‘Intro’ indeed being played, sometimes multiple times in a set, only helped to stoke our curiosity. With their tour rolling through Brooklyn in August of 2015, we decided to form a welcome committee, take in the Power Trip experience, and say hello. The rest, as they say, is history.”
That history includes Outburst and Power Trip doing shows together in 2018. The bond forged was strong. Power Trip gave a nod of continued respect to Outburst’s impression on NYHC by appearing on the Blackout! Records-harvested Outburst tribute comp, Hot Shit Attitude, covering “When Things Go Wrong." The comp also featured Fury, Higher Power, Wild Side, Krimewatch, Mizery, and more.
The energetic live audio was recorded earlier this year. Hear it here:
Outburst summarizes, “Fast forward to April 2022, where we found ourselves on a California tour with Terror, Mindforce, and Dead Heat. This recording of ‘Intro’ and our cover of ‘Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)’ from the 1720 Warehouse in Los Angeles is our heartfelt way to return the respect to Power Trip, while paying tribute to our dear friend Riley Gale.
"You’ll be able to hear the outpouring of love from the crowd, singing along to every word and even seizing the microphone. Thank you to 197Media for capturing these awesome live moments. Thank you, Power Trip. Riley Gale forever.”
Outburst may have simply released one record in the NYHC canon, but it’s powerful influence branches out to many current bands. It is revered. The band additionally two tracks on the seminal Where the Wild Things Are comp (with others like Raw Deal, Life’s Blood, Sheer Terror, Breakdown, Uppercut, etc.).
The new single was mastered by Arik Victor with cover photo by Dave Mandel and art by Sean Mott. Order it here to show some love to Riley!
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