Trout Club Talks of Music Both Releasing and Making, and the Plans for the Future!


Indie rockers TROUT CLUB have a debut album, as well as a follow-up EP release, with them demoing and writing even all new music! The band goes into great detail about themselves, the music they create, and the future plans for this year!


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

Trout Club is a four piece rock band made up of four elementary school buddies. We’ve all known each other close to twenty years at this point! 

We started playing music together for fun when we hit high school, but only really got serious about the band in college. What started as a scrappy classic rock cover band slowly began to shape into an indie rock unit with original songs in-tow. Quique Hernandez-Black is our lead singer, rhythm guitarist, violinist and banjo extraordinaire. Malcolm and Cedric Bobro, twins in birth and in rhythm, play bass and drums respectively. Rounding out the group is Kai Zheng, who plays lead guitar, tickles the ivories and occasionally sings. 

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

We spent many hours practicing up at the San Marcos Trout Club, a neighborhood in the Santa Barbara mountains where Malcolm and Cedric lived at the time. We spent just as many hours shooting around horrible band name ideas. Since we could never agree on one, we decided to simply call the group Trout Club after the place the band was born.

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 started in Santa Barbara, CA where we all grew up. There are a lot of really cool local bands in the music scene in Santa Barbara. The community feels tight-knit and supportive, less saturated than bigger cities. You get to know the same people and bands and see them grow over time. Lizardsmouth is one of our favorite local bands, some of us even went to high school with all those guys. ExPorter is our favorite pop-punk band that exists and they come from Santa Barbara, and we’ve gotten to play a lot of great gigs together. They even started their own label, Maxthedog, and we’re working with them to try and create our own little music community where we can support and promote one another.

4. How would you describe your style?

We are mostly focused on just making music that we enjoy. I call it indie-rock because I feel like that can kinda mean whatever you want it to. We love trying new things and adding different instruments but ultimately we are a garage rock band with fun and creative lyrics. 

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

Prior to our debut album “Land Practice,” we’ve released a four-song EP called “Welcome to the Trout Club” and a handful of singles. We’ve grown a lot, musically and physically, since we recorded our first songs in 2019, and “Land Practice” is the embodiment of that journey. Listening to our older stuff, you’ll notice that the arrangements are very rudimentary and akin to what we were playing live at the time. With our new release, we’ve taken our time with overdubs and studio craft, and the songs sound much fuller as a result. Our music ranges from hard garage rock to tender folk ballads; from romantic bossa nova jazz fusions to indie rock adventures through space and time. It’s kind of hard to describe, but you’ll know it when you hear it. Maybe call it “trout rock”? 

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

We’re currently writing and demoing what will become the next album, which we hope to start kicking into shape very soon.

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

We’re looking at multiple cities across California to get back into live shows (we haven’t had an official public gig since 2021!) and road-test some new tunes. Unfortunately, we have nothing set in stone just yet, but make sure to follow us on our socials to keep up-to-date with news!

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

We’d just like to keep having fun making music together. Whether that’s performing live shows, recording a new album, or just jamming in a garage, playing together always sparks something between us.

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

You can listen to Trout Club almost anywhere. We’re on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, Bandcamp; wherever you listen to music, Trout Club is THERE when you need them. 

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

Our music is a labor of love, wholly and 100% Trout-made. The music you hear is written, performed, recorded, arranged and mixed completely by the Trout Club (and with some help from Marc Bobro of Sink to the Sea). We’re a small town band that is truly grateful to have so many lovely people listen to our tunes, and hope you join the Club!

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