Power Trip front man Riley Gale, one of heavy music’s most promising and beloved rising stars, has passed away. He was 34. The singer was known for his high-energy onstage performances (Ice-T affectionately nicknamed him Lil Jumpy Mane), politically charged lyrics and fearlessly outspoken statements to the press and on social media. The track Executioner’s Tax (Swing of The Axe),
Riley Gale was the singer of the Dallas thrash metal band.
«It is with the greatest of sadness we must announce that our lead singer and brother Riley Gale passed away last night», the band wrote. «Riley was a friend, a brother, a son. Riley was both a larger than life rock star and a humble and giving friend. He touched so many lives through his lyrics and through his huge heart. He treated everyone he met as a friend and he always took care of his friends. We will celebrate Riley’s life and never forget the great works of music, charity, and love that he left behind. You, the fans, meant so much to him, please know how special you are. If you have a memory of Riley please share it, no matter how small, as we remember him».
Gale was 22 when he formed Power Trip, working an office job and going to school at the University of North Texas in Denton. Power Trip released two albums on Southern Lord: their 2013 debut Manifest Decimation and 2017’s Nightmare Logic. Their rarities compilation Opening Fire: 2008-2014 was released in 2018, and a live album arrived earlier this year.
Gale was politically outspoken. The title of Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic song If Not Us Then Who was inspired by the late civil rights icon John Lewis.