Band Interview Of The Day – Trickster Social Club

Hello everybody and today for you we have another edition of the Band Interview Of The Day segment!

If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
We are Steve Simoncic and Larry Liss–Co-founders of Trickshooter Social Club.

How did you all meet?
We were introduced by a friend, joined a band together. When that band
called it quits, we immediately started writing songs together. That was over
15 years ago. We haven’t slowed down or looked back.

How long have you been playing?
While Steve and I have been together for many years, this iteration of
Trickshooter has been around for about five years. We have drums, violins,
keys, accordions, bass. Vocalists. But on any given night we have rappers,
pedal steel players, cajon players, spoken word artists. So we never meant to
start a band-we wanted to build a community. Where there’s always an open
seat for an instrument or a voice.

What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Fuzzy. Twang. Dirty.

What are your musical influences?
We love Tom Petty. The simplicity. The ability to every note meaningful. Wilco
for their beautiful chaos. Cheap Trick because they wrote songs with choruses
and hooks and memorable lyrics. We also love Social Distortion for their tales
of urban street life and the ability to push so much air out of a Marshall amp.
Neil Young because he’s always fucking Neil Young. Leonard Cohen. The Rolling
Stones. And, of course, Metallica. Because they’re all riffs–one killer one after

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Well, we don’t have any weird stories, but we have an amazing one when we
opened up for Pegi Young and The Survivors. Her backing band consisted of
some of the legendary “Swampers” including Spooner Oldham. Being huge fans,we said hello and bought them drinks. They were wonderful folks who watched our soundcheck, sat us down, chatted, showed us their gear (even asking if we’d like to use it). Just warm, incredible humans. We don’t have any exciting train wreck stage stories or backstage antics. We’ve been fairly lucky to meet so many great bands and club workers.

Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d
visit when the restrictions are lifted?

We’ve always had a soft spot in our heart for (Cabaret) Metro in Chicago.
There’s nothing more iconic-with a history that’s seen so many legendary bands
come through. Pearl Jam’s first tour. Nirvana. Rage against The Machine.
Smashing Pumpkins. Bob Mould. Even saw Ice-T (who did his rap and metal act
there in the same night.) And you feel that history walking through the halls,
coming up on stage-and they treat every band like rockstars. It’s a pretty
special place we can’t wait to get back to.

What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
I’m a huge Wes Borland fan. He’s an unbelievable guitarist. A stompbox zen-
master. And, as it happens, a pretty tasteful songwriter. He churns out riff
after riff that is endlessly simple and highly enviable. Which, in turn, led to the
purchase of a Limp Bizkit album. Or two. But, even though it’s in here, still not
admitting to it.

What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
Been rediscovering a few things lately. Had a steady diet of Black Crowes
lately. They are so damn good. The riffs are amazing. Their harmonies almost
give it a gospel feel sometimes. And just the way the songs ebb and flow is
amazing. The breakdown in “My Morning Song” ranks high on the envy meter as I wish I had written that. And I’m hard-pressed to find a more joyful tune than “Soul Singing”. Just great southern rock mixed with unbelievably talented

Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Right now, we’re laser-focused on putting out our new single, “Honey I
Believe” and the new EP, “Monte Carlo”. We have a new label, Animal Farm
Music and they have been spectacular and a true partner and look forward to
working with them more. We are always writing and recording. So we’ll
definitely have more to come in the future.

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