Spanning from retro-minded power-pop hookiness to southern-rock and Americana jaunts, the Truck Stop Dangerous EP is a strong showing from Chicago-based roots-rockers Trickshooter Social Club.
“Beautiful” commences the EP with buzzing guitar distortion and a subtle synth backing flourishes. Crunchy guitars and reflective bass complement a debonair vocal presence, building to a delectable “almost famous and beautiful,” chorus. The nostalgic, hooky guitar sludge and hook-minded “wants to go now,” outpouring reminds fondly of Big Star, concocting a meshing of power-pop and alt-rock. “Clarksdale Serenade #2” follows with similarly compelling qualities, particularly in a grumbling segment with organ glimmering and bustling bass-y heaviness. “Yeah, yeah,” the vocals ascend into a lovably soaring hook, showing shades of Tom Petty in the twangy vocal adoring.
The back-half of the EP continues the melodic charisma. “Elvis Figurines” sounds like a barn-stomper in its string infusions, rollicking guitars, and “rodeo,” references — delivering a fun, more southern-set rock appeal. The finale “Lie To Me” enamors with a classic folk/rock feeling, also featuring spirited string infusions during the dual-vocal excitement in the heartrending title-referencing hook. Truck Stop Dangerous is a satiating, throwback rock achievement from Trickshooter Social Club.
“Beautiful” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.
We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.