Joel Lee’s music project, Trip Lava, has a unique sound that encompasses circular improvisation. He came upon this approach while playing in the band Lost Mind Found back in 2003. Trip Lava music rotates and constantly evolves, no conventional song structures to be found anywhere.
Joel started playing the drums in a band called Emerald Isle in the late eighties. He later played with art-punkers Marcus Noise in the nineties, opening for bands such as Killdozer, Arcwelder, House of Large Sizes, and Balloon Guy to name a few. They also recorded with Steve Bjorklund and Tim Mac.
What makes Trip Lava interesting is the fact that Joel Lee is playing all the instruments. Self-taught on drums, guitar, bass, and keys, he is truly a ‘one man band’. Trip Lava approaches pitched instruments in its own unconventional way. This brought together the sound heard on its first CD, Oddball in the Corner Pocket, released in 2007. Trip Lava released its second CD, Octatroid in 2010. Both albums were produced, mixed and mastered at Nate Giller Productions. Trip Lava was also offered a record contract and signed to Shark Records in 2010. Trip Lava will continue to weave experimental drums, beats, synth and guitar to create a swirling, otherworldly sonic vibe. Stay tuned, there’s much more to come….