Premiere: “Trade My Trips” Is Knox Hamilton’s Ode to the Road

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Knox Hamilton’s “Trade My Trips” is an ode to the road warriors; a love letter to constantly living in flux.

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Being a musician can be difficult. Being a touring musician can be even worse. Being a musician’s family, however, is likely hardest of all. On their newest single “Trade My Trips,” Arkansas natives Knox Hamilton find these sentiments to be expressly true.

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Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Trade My Trips,” the lead single off Knox Hamilton’s upcoming EP, Beach Boy. In “Trade My Trips,” lead vocalist Boots Hamilton reflects on his life as a musician, pondering if it’s all worth it. He openly wonders about the future, and if he will be able to sustain the life he currently lives.

Hey future, I hope you understand
I’ve been waiting as long as I can
Don’t you wanna stay up with me all night?
Don’t you wanna stay up with me all night?
Hey future, I don’t think I’m your man
I’ve kept you waiting as long as I can
Don’t you wanna stay up with me all night?
Don’t you wanna stay up with me all night?
Trade My Trips - Knox Hamilton

Trade My Trips – Knox Hamilton

“Trade My Trips” is an ode to the road warriors; a love letter to constantly living in flux. Hamilton then croons on the chorus that he would “Trade [his] trips to fall in love,” offering a willingness to give it all up to be with the ones he cares about most.

“‘Trade My Trips’ is a song about the people who put their lives on hold so we could pursue this dream of Knox Hamilton,” Hamilton explains. “It’s also a love song to those who keep the dream going.”

Hey future, I hope you understand,
I’ll be there soon just as we planned
Don’t you wanna wait for me a lifetime?
Don’t you wanna wait for me a lifetime?

Throughout the track, Knox Hamilton’s trademark dreamy instrumentation is at the fore, blending together a wistful sonic palette that feels wholly apropos to the accompanying lyricism. Knox Hamilton have mastered combining lush synthesizers with rousing guitar licks and punctuating drum beats, overlaid by tight vocal harmonies. Through and through, “Trade My Trips” feels like pure Knox Hamilton to the core.

We could never find another,
don’t mind to say, you’re mine to lose
And we’d be perfect for each other,
I know it’s you who sees it too

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Knox Hamilton and “Trade My Trips” fully explicate how it feels to be on the grind, day after day, week after week, and acknowledges the very real sentiment of being away from what they care the most about. Though they openly admit the struggles of it all, they simultaneously pen a love note to their trade, curating a narrative that feels well-rounded and thoroughly honest. Pining for love and seeking out true values remain thematically consistent, offering “Trade My Trips” as an anthem for musicians everywhere.

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Maggie McHale

Maggie is the Chief Music Director for Atwood Magazine, currently living in Philadelphia. She also works as a Digital Marketer for Fame House, a Philly-based Universal Music Group subsidiary. She is heavily involved in the arts and music scene in the City of Brotherly Love, often enjoying (and even preferring) going to concerts and museums alone; just generally loving and exploring the city that she calls home. A self-proclaimed “hug enthusiast” and dog lover, Maggie also enjoys fashion, travel, the paranormal, and drinking way too much coffee. In addition to writing for Atwood, she freelances and contributes to JUMP Magazine. (Fun fact-She also once slow-danced with Boyz II Men in Las Vegas.)