Interview - Truckerbomb

TRUCKERBOMB is a Los Angeles-Based Alt-Country Rock Band and Here we are with Troy, singer and bassist, and main songwriter of the band.

- Hi Troy, and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Cannibal.
I had writer's block one day that I had set aside to work on lyrics. I couldn't think of a thing to write about. So, I thought about what was around me. I lived in an apartment where the neighbor put his trash in the hall rather than take it down to the dumpster. Maybe he had a cat that got into it or something. I think he liked fish because it usually smelled pretty bad. I just took that basic idea and made up the most fantastic story I could imagine.

- How would you describe your sound?
We usually get put in the Americana category since we have a few country-rock songs. We mix many styles, but Americana or alt-country is accurate, although Cannibal is fundamentally a straight-ahead rock song.

- What do you write about?
Whatever strikes me as interesting. I may hear someone say something, and that becomes a line. Sometimes I start to write about things in my life, but it inevitably becomes a work of fiction because that's more interesting. I had a writing teacher in high school who said, "no one in the history of the world or the future will see the world exactly as you do. Just describe what that's like." I didn't think I was particularly good at anything back then, much less writing, but I always remembered that. I thought, "Okay, I can do that."

- What do you listen to when you are home?
Usually, my dog snoring. I find it relaxing. Other than that, I like the latest Jason Isbell album a lot. I've been listening to the recent Replacements remasters, too. I just found a great songwriter out of Texas named Aaron Mcdonnell. He’s really fantastic.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
My favorite performance is always the next one. Apart from that, there was something magic about our first show after a year of the pandemic. It was our first performance with the band's current lineup, and we didn't know what to expect. I can honestly say we were great, but the crowd was amazing. They were really ready to have a good time. It was a special night.

- What would you ask backstage if you were the most important band on earth?
If we were the most important band on earth, I’d hope we’d have better things to worry about than what’s backstage. I don’t know… not giant piles of coke or anything to do with sorting M&Ms. Maybe fill the green room up with rescue dogs and give fans a chance to come back and play with them.

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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