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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In Justice Tripp’s life, it’s a lot of hurry up and wait.

The lead singer of hardcore band Trapped Under Ice has been waiting for the band’s album to drop – and it finally did on Oct. 11.

“It’s been two years of writing and working on this album,” he says during a recent phone interview from Baltimore. “It took us under two weeks to record the tracks, but we had been waiting on a release date. We were just eager to get new music out.”

Tripp and the guys in Trapped Under Ice are on tour in support of the album, “Big Kiss Goodnight.”The album is the second LP from the band, but marked the first time the band used outside producers Chad Gilbert and Paul Miner.

“This was an experience for us because we brought in someone new and were able to bounce ideas off of the both of them,” he says. “On the first album, it was all about how we wanted the music to sound. This time around, we were able to grow as a band and push ourselves.”

Tripp says the current album is pure mosh-pit music.

“All of the tracks are perfect for a high-energy set and a lot of fun in the pit,” he says. “This is the best thing that we could give to our fans. They are guaranteed a lot of fun.”

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Trapped Under Ice came together as a group in 2007 in Baltimore. The band released a five-track demo the same year, which also became an the EP and got it signed to Flatspot Records. The band’s 2009 debut, “Secrets of the World,” put the band on the map as the new voice of contemporary hardcore.

“It’s really good to have all of this support,” Tripp says. “The thing that we’ve tried to accomplish with all of our music since the beginning is to be true to who we are. We aren’t trying to be anyone else.”

Tripp says he’s always loved music and it wasn’t until he heard a homeless man playing R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” when he was 8 that he decided to give music a try.

“My mom taught me acoustic guitar and then my taste evolved into punk rock,” he says. “I ended up getting into the harder music.”

Trapped Under Ice
With Betrayal, Hundreth, Backtrack and Take Offense
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14
WHERE: Amped Performance Center, 4200 Lomas NE
HOW MUCH: $8 at the door

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