Power TripKevin Estrada

Power Trip Members Give First Interview Since Riley Gale’s Death


Power Trip‘s surviving members, guitarists Blake Ibanez and Nick Stewart, bassist Chris Whetzel and drummer Chris Ulsh, have given their first interview since the August 24th, 2020 passing of their frontman Riley Gale. Gale was 34-years-old at the time of his death, the cause of which was never publicly released.

The band’s members discussed losing Gale and more with the Los Angeles Times. The interview arrives days ahead of this weekend’s Grammy Awards, where Power Trip have been nominated for the ‘Best Metal Performance’ for a live version of “Executioner’s Tax (Swing Of The Axe)“. Speaking on Gale‘s passing,  Ulsh commented:

- Advertisement -

“Losing Riley was the saddest thing that ever happened to me. But I’m so proud of everything we accomplished together. One of the coolest things from the start was that there was no ceiling to this band, and this Grammy nomination is a perfect example of that.”

He later stated, “It still feels very fresh. It’s hard to talk about. We were close. I spent a lot of my downtime on tour with him. It’s still hard to fathom.” Ibanez added:

“We’ve never been through anything like this. But it’s definitely brought us closer. You’re together all the time, then in the blink of an eye, you know you’ll never see each other again.”

Later in the chat the band pondered what the future holds for them. Ibanez revealed that the group are hopeful to continue on together, though the future remains unclear: “We do want to continue to play music together; we just are not sure what that looks like at this time.”

You can read more from the band over at the Los Angeles Times.

- Advertisement - Purchase Merch