Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Trickshooter Social Club

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Trickshooter Social Club.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: We wanted to not be a band in the traditional sense. Or at the very least, push what that idea meant-definitely not a bunch of guys staring at their shoes. We wanted to create a community. Where there was always an open seat for any instrument or voice to contribute something to. While there are core members of Trickshooter, we have a revolving door of contributors that push and evolve us. On any given night, we have dobro players, percussionists, rappers, spoken word artists up on stage and in the studio with us. It’s a bit gypsy like in its intent-a bit of a traveling roadshow, but there’s always a connectedness in the music, even with our newest members.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: It all begins and ends with The Beatles. They did everything before anybody did anything. We also love Tom Petty – he made honest music without pretense his entire career. Just a badass in every way. We also like bands like Cheap Trick because they wrote songs – with choruses and hooks and memorable lyrics. Not bullshit soundscapes or indulgent pap. We also love Social Distortion for their punch and simplicity. Neil Young for his dual personality of singer-songwriter, acoustic mastery. And being a noise savant. Steve Earle for his intelligence and candor. And when it comes to lyrics – our heroes are Leonard Cohen – the Zen master and Warren Zevon – the smirking smartass genius.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: We just put out a new EP “Monte Carlo” on our new, awesome label, Animal
Farm Music. I think the thing we’ve always strived for, and are apparent on this album, is originality and authenticity. There is so much music out there that is fairly derivative and substitutes volume for substance. We look for meaning in every lyric, every chord and every snare hit. And even with as
many as nine people in this band at times, with so many different influences, you’ll know exactly where we’re coming from. These songs are honest and we think that’s why people connect with them.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: Energy. Pure, relentless energy. We love what we do. We love those moments on stage with each other and the audience and we never take them for granted. I always found it strange when I’d go to a show and dudes would stand around and just strum guitars. So we set out to write music that would move people-audience members, sound people, the people working as bathroom attendants. But mostly, we wanted to move each other. And that’s what you see. Us playing songs that we feel deeply about, are connected to and enjoy playing with each other. And the pedal is down the entire time.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB: We are always writing and recording. So in five years our catalog will have grown exponentially. That said the goal is to continue to get our music heard by more and more people. And we’ll be doing what it takes. So in five years we will have traveled to new cities. We will have figured out (or trying to figure out) the latest social addiction and get our music up on it. And we hope to have new Trickshooters with us. We’ve always welcomed new contributors to this community we’ve created. And welcome new instruments, voices and genres. As we like to say, there’s always a seat open in Trickshooter Social Club.

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