HOME TOWN: Cape Coral, FL
Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett (vocals)
Derek DeSantis (bass)
Ben Goins (drums)
Andrew Howard (guitar)
Cape Coral, Florida. It's a sleepy subtropical town mostly inhabited by the newly wed and the nearly dead. Somehow, out of that human petrie dish of Medicare patients, spring break rejects and high humidity, came Twisted Method, a slash-and-burn rock band ready to break out of the Sunshine State with their MCA debut album Escape from Cape Coma. With the title obviously a tongue-in-cheek reference to their hometown, the new album issues a serious challenge to all pretenders to the rock n' roll throne. With such standout tracks as "Reach," "Fled," "Awkward Silence" and "Shine," the album manages a tricky balancing act: to be overwhelming without being overbearing. Explains lead singer Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett, "There are different sides to what we play. There's the really hard stuff where we get our aggression out, and then we calm down for a minute. That's reflected in the album too." Adds drummer Ben Goins, "Angry music is good. Being angry isn't. But releasing anger through music is great." And when Twisted Method performs, the anger floodgates open wide. Twisted Method guitarist Andrew Howard and Goins met at Cape Coral High School, when Ben overheard Andrew talking about his ambitions to start a band and rule the world. This piqued Ben's interest, and the two decided to team up. Each being only 14 at the time, the two enlisted the aid of their mothers to drive Andrew over to Ben's house so they could practice. Down the street from Ben lived Derek DeSantis. Mesmerized by the music, Derek spent hours listening to Andrew and Ben jam. Not wanting to be left out, Derek pawned his Playstation for a bass guitar and by 10th grade, the duo became a trio. With Ben on drums, Andrew on guitar, and Derek on bass, the three sought an additional guitar player. Though the three auditioned many guitarists, none of them quite fit the bill. Luckily, one of those would-be guitarists told the burgeoning band about singer Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett. Tripp (as he is better known) had something the other three needed: microphones, a p.a. system, and a killer voice. Tripp and his equipment were invited over for band practice. Within seconds of that first power chord, Twisted Method was born. The four went on to play local bars, talent shows, pep rallies, and numerous private parties, slowly building a name for themselves locally. Their closeness and unity allowed the group to stay together through fights, injuries, girl trouble, poverty, depression, pain, and illness. Commitment and persistence would soon pay off. When a local band playing a label showcase needed an opening act, Twisted Method quickly jumped into the fray. After their performance, they walked away with a new manager who promised the band he would get them signed within six months. He pulled it off in five. After showcasing for a number of labels, Twisted Method accepted an offer they couldn't refuse from MCA Records. In August 2002, the band camped out in L.A. for two months to record the new album at Master Control studios. It was their first time on their own and away from home. When asked about the experience, Goins says, "We came from nowhere, so, any chance we get, we're going to take it to the extreme." To support the release Escape from Cape Coma, Twisted Method will spend the summer touring coast-to-coast with the nu-metal circus/summer-camp OzzFest. They've got the old RV in good working order and paid up the AAA bill. Now, nothing will stand in their way from a single day of partying, and, more importantly, playing for countless new faces in new towns across the country. Looks like at least a few folks snapped out of the coma. Adios, Cape Coral.