Trickshooter Social Club Discusses New EP, Music and Shows!

Rockers TRICKSHOOTER SOCIAL CLUB have a new EP "Monte Carlo", with new music underway. They plan to also start playing shows real soon as well. The band discusses this and more below.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Trickshooter Social Club was formed and forged in Chicago. It began as an idea as much as a band. The concept was a social club – a group of generous, talented, like-minded musicians who want to make music and make the world a little better through music. The concept is to always keep an “open chair” in the social club. While we have a solid core, we always welcome folks to sit in and add to the sound – it is a musical social club more than a traditional band. The two founding members, songwriters, and band leaders are Larry Liss and Steven Simoncic. The goal is to make authentic American music that tells a story and stands the test of time. Our influences come from rock, blues, country, punk and pop – our music is eclectic – we love everything from Kiss to Wilco -- and sound is always changing and evolving and we think that is a good thing.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Social Club because we didn’t want this to be a band. We wanted this to be a community of artists. Trickshooter because in the West at the turn of the century, Trickshooters would ride into town like a carnival, dazzle the locals with a combination of talent and deception, and then head off to then next town. We related to that.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are born and forged in Chicago. The scene here is tricky. Too big to have an awesome indy scene and too small to be NY or London. But there are incredibly talented musicians here and awesome engineers and producers. And the blues still runs like blood in the streets here.

4. How would you describe your style?

Eclectic. American. Unapologetic. A gumbo of rock and blues with a dash of country and punk. We like songs, not soundscapes. We like melody. We grew up on the Beatles and the Stones. We like story. Which means we also listened to Springsteen and Steve Earl. The idiom we operate under was forged by bands like Social Distortion, Tom Petty and Cheap Trick. We believe in telling stories 3 minutes at a time.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

This new EP, Monte Carlo, is our 3rd release. And we are super proud of it. It feels like our song writing has matured and flourished with this work. Our first two albums were Generator and American Experiment. The thread that runs through all our work is that it is real, genuine, American rock-n-roll. We believe in the power of rock to change the work is – mostly because it changed our world.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Always. We are working on a new album to follow up on the Monte Carlo EP. We are always writing. During the pandemic we were able to flex a new muscle by learning how to more properly record on our own. So we’re currently tracking new material.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We plan to start gigging again in the Fall. Chicago as well as some stops in Austin, New York and LA.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

More music. More gigs. Also leaning heavier into video/visual art. The goal is to always evolve. To grow and hone our chops as songwriters. And continue to play with new people who push the sounds to new places.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

All the major online outlets – Amazon, Spotify, Apple, etc.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

That we’re all in this together.

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