PREMIERE: Big Yen Release New Music Video For “Trips Me Out”

Big Yen launches an epic guitar riff in the new killer track, “Trips Me Out”. Laid back enough that the mellowed out rockers will find their groove but amplified enough that fans that like Green Day and Twenty-One Pilots and a bit more bite to their anthems, Big Yen is undeniably magnetic. “Trips Me Out” has a cadence that crawls between punk and rock, leaving the listener dawdling deliciously about this eccentric sound.  


Inspired by the Chinese word for craving (yen), Big Yen is the moniker of James Frolio. Effortlessly creative, with a voice that has modesty and a trickle of boyhood yearning, “Trips Me Out” is a tight-sound with garage band leanings. His boyish charm is endearing and has slivers of warmth, even though you know he’s emotionally wounded. When he sings love was a game I couldn’t figure out, as a listener you get a strong sense, he’s been given the raw end of the deal in the love department. Or in the case of the companion music video, Big Yen has a wandering eye and even though he tried to make amends for his shortcomings, he just can’t seem to win. 

Underneath that sensitive shell of his is a raw, erupting sound that features a robust bass line, and heavy-handed percussion. The drummer hits the high hat cymbals frequently, catapulting the beat to that punk-hued texture. I liked the backing music – that super charged adrenaline balanced with every-guy-vocals. Love is a drug, Frolio sings. In saying this line, he echoes the thoughts of many – we’re addicted to it. I think that line and his obvious front man status, give this song the extra edge. It’s his extra chutzpah with the guitar that really shoots it into the stratosphere. You want to hear it more and more, and the spins start to add up. Frolio’s voice is bizarrely hypnotic and refreshingly authentic. I don’t think he’s trying to be anyone but himself. He’s certainly not trying to mimic another singer. 

“Trips Me Out” has a way of hooking itself to you. I found myself humming the chorus hours later. It’s a fun song and it should be taken seriously for its musicality. I think there’s more depth to this track than meets the eye. The pickups and the tones move the song along, and you never feel stagnant. I have to reiterate that there is a laid-back vibe, but I think that plays into the song’s theme that you get addicted to love, you keep going back for more. 

The music video showcases a bit more of Frolio’s personality. He seems like a character – and he has that boyish charm that makes you want to root for him. It features him in a few scenes (as mentioned above) where he’s trying to play the game of love, and just not doing the right things. The scene where he’s breaking down a TV monitor with a skateboard had me in stitches. Frolio, who relocated from Charleston (South Carolina) to San Diego, also directed the music video. 

by Jennifer Munoz

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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