While the four lovely ladies who make up The Trucks (Kristin Allen-Zito, Marissa Moore, Faith Reichel and Lindy McIntyre) have since split for different, less frigid parts of our fine state, they maintain a loyal following here on the tundra and keep playing shows pretty regularly in their old haunts. In these coming cold, cold months, you’ll have plenty of chances to warm yourself by the roaring fir that is the girls live show. Thus, we at the AS Review decided it would be a good call to put our crack journalism team to work doing some digging on these techno-pop sirens, coming soon to a venue near you.
Since their inception as openers for now defunct local faves Everybody’s Debbie in 2003, it’s taken a while for the band to get a long awaited LP out to fans. And as with all too few things in this life, The Trucks freshman effort was entirely worth the wait. On the heels of their self-titled debut album released in October on local label Clickpop Records, the rest of the nation is swiftly coming to realize what Bellingham’s known for years; The Trucks can rock with the best of them.
For a band that’s hitting their stride in popularity, The Trucks certainly seem to be taking their rise without developing an ego about the matter, a fact illustrated most clearly when I asked vocalist and keyboard player Marissa Moore how she felt about the bands newly minted stardom evidenced by their selection as a Band of the Day by online music movers and shakers Spin.com and MySpace, as well as their status as on venerable Seattle alt-radio station KEXP’s favorite local bands of 2006. “I didn’t know that,” Moore replied, “but that’s really exciting.”
Moore’s excitement is tempered, however, and while the band takes off, its members are keeping their feet firmly on the ground. “Nothing’s really changed for us,” Moore says, “…what’s going on right now is funny. I wouldn’t expect to feel that way, but it just doesn’t really feel like things are that different… I’m not getting used to the idea because things come and go so fast.”
So much for letting fame go to their heads.
While Moore doesn’t quite know what to make of the situation, taking The Trucks newfound popularity with a jumbo grain of salt, she and the rest of the band relish the chance to bring their music to a wider audience.
“It’s nice for sure, and it’s really an interesting and meaningful experience,” she said.
While the internet exposure is nice, The Trucks also know how to get around the old fashioned way, only recently returning from their first extended tour, consisting of three weeks of gigging up and down the west coast.
“It was really great,” said Moore, who characterized the tour as a fun and exciting trip that was also a bit of a system shock.
“We’re used to only getting together on weekends to practice or for shows, and to suddenly be doing two and half or three weeks of a show every night…it’s a big shock. We’re all really exhausted, but as a whole, the tour was a big success.”
After returning from the road, the girls took a few weeks off for the holidays before getting back into the swing of things for the New Year. They’re excited to have a new practice space of their own in their adopted home base of Seattle, with a full slate of area shows setting the stage for another tour beginning in March. And with new material for a second album already in the works (it’s a while off folks, so put your tongues back in your mouths for the moment), it’s safe to say The Trucks are ready to keep rolling right along into a bright future. So make sure you catch them in Bellingham this week when they play an all ages set at Fantasia Coffeehouse on Friday the 19th, followed by a headlining spot at the What’s Up! Awards Show at the Nightlight Lounge on Jan. 20.