Trickshooter Social Club is a band from Chicago which is where I happen to live. My first thoughts after spending some time with their release American Experiment is that It’s the type of music that feels like it’s meant to be experienced live. The album is a mix of rock, blues, garage and country but the one thing that remains fairly consistent is that it feels like a celebration. In fact according to their Facebook page the band has eight members which seems like a party to me.
The band come out of the gates with the energetic “Boxcar Racer” which sort of sounds like a mix between Cheap Trick and the popular song from Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s a romp with guitars, bass and drums that feel like they are charging forward. Better yet the hook is really catchy.
Up next is “If I Could” which is a bluesy hard rock inspired song that also drives. The vocal melodies are memorable in a way that you can imagine a whole audience singing along. “Duck and Run” felt like another memorable song. It rocks hard and the implement of a lot of classic rock moves that get your adrenaline pumping.
I thought the band went for a romantic classical on “Twisting in the Wind” but that was just the intro to the song. This song is the most mixed in terms of combining styles. It’s funky yet there are moments where it feel like a classic rock song. Once the fiddle is introduced the song has a bit of a country flavor to it.
The band slows things down for the first time with “Carry Me Home.” It veers towards a country ballad and I am happy to report they pull off this style really well. Melancholy sounds good on them.
There is a bit of a hoe down with “Until I Die” which does a one eighty in terms of mood and energy. They dip back into celebratory rock with piano leading the charge on “Whiskey On My Grave” while “The Promise” is perhaps just pure rock.
“Hotel Nowhere” has a single worthy John Mellencamp feel to it. There is some attitude on “Time To Get Out” while “American Experiment” is a dynamic rocker. They close with some warmth and nostalgia on “Rolling Blue Light.”
I can hear why Trickshooter Social Club has an impressive following. The band is versatile and takes you through different styles which bring about different emotions. Make sure to take a listen. I’ll see you at their show.
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