There’s arguably no better place to listen to a cassette tape than in your beat-up-but-never-gonna-get-rid-of-it ’87 Volvo (or whatever old school vehicle you get behind the wheel in), an hour into an epic summer road trip. So to celebrate the release of UO Mixtape: Volume 6, we asked a handful of the featured bands to share with us their driving wisdom, from what they’ve learned from endless touring to the songs that keep them awake even if they’ve been driving for hours.
Read on to get their tips, and then enter to win one of the 250 limited edition cassette mixtapes on the Urban Outfitters Men’s Instagram. No cassette deck in your car? Don’t worry, we’ve got the entire playlist available to stream below.
Best road trip: About two years ago we drove down to North Carolina to do some tracking for our second album, Stranger Things. A recording guru and friend of ours, Jeremy Snyder, was helping us record at his place called The Septopus. It was a binge of a time from start to finish. We borrowed a mini van and piled in and I just remember ripping through the Blue Mountains during sunset while everyone was dead asleep in the back. We spent the first couple of hours trying to make the tape adapter work so we could rip the iPod and I just remember when we finally succeeded, we all let out this primal scream. When we got there, we hit the ground running—just recorded around the clock and had a blast in that environment with all these ideas and gear at our disposal. The trip was fun as hell.
Driving wisdom: Don't wait for a toll sign to start searching for change [James]. Bring baby wipes—and a toothbrush [Jeff].
All-time favorite road trip song: "Two Of Us" or "And Your Bird Can Sing" by The Beatles [James], and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by Jimi Hendrix [Jeff].
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