Trickshooter Social Club – Monte Carlo (2021)

Showcasing a highly eclectic sound, US-based rock group Trickshooter Social Club add elements of pop, rock, country, punk and blues in their sonic melting pot. Influenced by the likes of Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, Kiss and Social Distortion, one would expect the band to have a high-paced approach to music – and they really do. Blasting through your eardrums, their music is engaging, enthusiastic and entrancing. Featured on iHeart Radio, Indie Rock Cafe, Chicago Tribune, Buzz Music LA, Review Fix and many other blogs/playlists, TSC are reaching audiences across the globe. The latest addition to their discography is Monte Carlo.

Working with Grammy Award-winning producer Jon Zacks, it makes sense that Trickshooter Social Club’s sound would be polished and sophisticated. Then again, what do you expect from a group that has played at renowned live music venues and are regulars at Club Metro, Lincoln Hall and House of Blues Chicago. This experience and knowledge is demonstrated in all of their music but, for all intents and purposes, definitely seen in Monte Carlo. Featuring four tracks, TSC make a splash with the new EP.

Described by the group as being “…loud and unapologetic”, Monte Carlo retains the band’s brashness, provocativeness and blunt honesty in the different songs. What I find intriguing is how the band moves between different genres in the EP but also within the songs themselves. For instance, the opening track ‘Honey, I Believe’ has a pop vibe incorporating strong rock guitar riffs leading to catchy choruses. As we continue along with the list, we find a boundary-breaking movement from pop/rock to simplistic folk/country – a true innovation.

If you are a fan of more upbeat and hard-hitting sounds, then have no fear because TSC brings punk meets old-school indie-rock to the fore with ‘Duck and Run’. Of course, it isn’t a Trickshooter Social Club song unless there is a rock-inspired guitar solo within the song. Personally, I adore this distinctive element. Finishing off with ‘We’re All Forgiven’, the group bring a rock ambience to Monte Carlo being one of their heavier songs.

Anthemic, insightful, sincere and experimental, Trickshooter Social Club have you tapping your toes and bopping your head from the first second. This isn’t just on Monte Carlo, but all of their music. The kaleidoscopic soundscape is intense and intimate while retaining a light-hearted connection with its audience. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have it any other way and can’t wait for more from TSC.

For more from Trickshooter Social Club check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

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