A TEENAGE rock trio hopes its musical trip leads to success.
Although all three band members are still studying hard at Boldon School, The Trip has already triumphed in a local Battle of the Bands competition.
The ambitious musical outfit will now feature in a public concert at the Amphitheatre at South Shields seafront on Thursday, June 21.
Drummer David Winter and bass player and vocalist Connor Graham, both 14, plus 15-year lead singer and guitarist Lewis Hickey, have been playing together as The Trip for about a year.
But the band received a big morale boost recently when it won a competition staged by The Cave Youth Initiative Centre.
David said: “We were in a competition with four other local bands and our prize was to record our own song, called Deceit, with Tom Condon from The Cave.
“Our main aim is to simply play more local gigs and perhaps produce CDs, to get our music out there and better known.
“All three of us have been under pressure, with working for our GCSE exams, but we are determined to keep The Trip together.”
The band’s musical influences range from Iron Maiden to the Foo Fighters and The Darkness.
But the passionate musical trio are committed to creating their own songs as they move forward.
“We rehearse once a week at The Garage, a studio space, and we see the gig at the Amphitheatre as the next big step in getting recognised.”
He added: “The Trip will be playing on the same bill as Fully Loaded, with both bands supporting Bright Lights.”
All the band members have thanked their respective families for their tireless support.