Q&A with Trickshooter Social Club

Rock band Trickshooter Social Club filled out a quick Q&A for us!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?

Steve Simoncic (Co-founder of TSC, lead vocals, guitar): He was super-
collaborative from bar 1 and instinctually had amazing ideas that served the
song. We were just bouncing ideas back and forth. And I knew I wanted to
write songs with this guy. And we haven’t stopped.
James McNaughton (Bassist): The guy just walked in, threw on one of his many
cool hats and laid down groove after groove. Thus earning the name, “The
Silent Assassin”.
Chris Bartley (Keys/Synth): I immediately thought he was a tech wizard and a
mad scientist with the sounds he could get. But then I realized that paled
compared to his virtuosity. A complete monster who always had his finger on
the pulse of the song.
Ruthie Margraff (Accordion): She entered the space like a gypsy with her
accordion and her pedalboard and all I can think of is that she has this aura
about her. She had this joy, this spirit that was infectious.
Chris Ellison (Drummer): In his first rehearsal, he walked in, hugged me, sat
down and bashed drums with more swing than any one person should have and
never stopped smiling. And my thought was, I’m never letting him leave.
Beltran DelCampo (Violin): My first impression of him, was shit, I wish I had
that hair. My second was that this guy’s instincts were unbelievable. He could
shred like the best of him and then seconds later he would play the most
heart-wrenching three notes, reducing you to a puddle.
Amelia Finefrock (Vocals): Pure badass. She delivers every word with so much
soul, so much energy. I was immediately drawn to her voice and how much she
put into her performance.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS? 

We were opening 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 and told us stories, chatted,
showed us their gear (even asking if we’d like to use it). Just warm, incredible
humans.

WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

Tom Petty. To be able to collaborate with someone who does so much with so
little-every chord and every note is so purposeful. There’s never any fat. He
just takes these three chords and builds them into these unforgettable, iconic
song. To be in the room and bounce ideas back and forth, that’d be the dream.

WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?

I’d say the first song off the new EP called “Honey I Believe”. We wrote and
recorded our latest EP “Monte Carlo” during the pandemic – which forced us to
learn new technologies, new techniques and new tricks – which is ultimately a
good thing. We learned how to embrace abundances and recognize scarcity
with a sober, clear-eyed gaze. We hit our share of brick walls – hard drives
crashing, files not opening — and dead ends – we worked and reworked the
songs changing the vibe and feel over and over until we landed where we felt
we needed to be. And all the other songs followed that. And this story of
redemption, resiliency and the sublime freedom of saying f*ck it just really hit
home for us. The female protagonist is simultaneously filled with hope and
hopelessness, fear and fearlessness, despair and ecstasy. She decides that she
believes she can change everything. The “Honey” she is talking to is, of course, herself. And she does, in fact, change things. She grabs her partner, her
cigarettes, and her dignity, and she hits the road in search of her own demons
and angels. And she finds a glimmer of something that looks like truth among
the ice machines and Bible drawers of a questionable Motel somewhere in East
Tennessee.

Photo by @WillByington

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?

I’m a coffee fiend. And gas stations notoriously have some of the best, darkest
coffee. I like fancy as much as the next person, but there’s nothing like
driving, music blasting in your ears, with a legit cup of mud.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?

I’ve always been swayed by things that have rhythm. A beat-even beyond
music. So I’m a pretty big Aaron Sorkin nerd. There’s such a distinctive rhythm
to his writing-no matter what the subject matter, they never just feel like
words explaining whatever he wants you to know. It always has this poetic
cadence that moved me not only with the words that he writes, but by the
pacing that they’re spoken. It’s an enviable talent. And one that sucks me in
every time.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? 

Write it down. We spend so much time chasing ideas, that when we land on
things, we just take them for granted–assuming it will stick with you. I used to
think “if it’s a good idea, you’ll remember it”-which sounds just like the
ramblings of a punk kid. Now, no matter what it is, a riff, a lyric, a melody, a
video idea, an album cover idea-it goes on the phone.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR? 

We just launched our first single “Honey I Believe” on the incredibly cool
Animal Farm Music label. The full EP “Monte Carlo” comes out on July 30 th
2021. We will resume touring the Midwest, with some spot dates in LA,
Colorado and NY in the fall and hopefully a trip to the UK in winter.

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