Like many artists who had massive plans for the 12 months, Santa Barbara rock band Trout Membership has felt their share of upheaval introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic. With a just lately launched music video and a brand new album within the works, nevertheless, not even the defining well being disaster of our time has stopped these artists from dedicating themselves to their music.
Whereas the thought to start out a band took form in elementary faculty, Trout Membership didn’t come to fruition for a number of extra years.
“Malcom [Bobro] and Cedric [Bobro]’s dad put us all in a band collectively. They have been enjoying devices on the time and Quique [Hernandez-Black] preferred to sing, so all of us began enjoying on account of him being like, ‘Do you guys wanna come up and jam?’” Kai Zheng, a fourth-year communication main who performs guitar and piano, defined. They’d then drive as much as Trout Membership on San Marcos Cross the place the Bobros lived. This space was the inspiration behind the title of their newly fashioned band: Trout Membership.
The band started by overlaying rock songs, resembling “Home of the Rising Solar” and practiced “perhaps twice or thrice a month” within the early phases. Some notable musical influences on their early work included iconic rock bands resembling The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. All 4 members concur that their enterprise into music “was by no means actually critical till just lately.”
The band launched their first EP, “Welcome to Trout Membership,” in 2019 and adopted up with two singles, “Dreamboy” and “Fog,” in March and Could of final 12 months, respectively. Earlier than the pandemic introduced the whole lot to a grinding halt, the band had plans to report and launch extra music and have been even lined as much as play at “SB Jam Sandwich” at SOhO in downtown Santa Barbara, which Zheng described as “an enormous gig of all the younger Santa Barbara rock bands.”
A few months into the pandemic, nevertheless, Trout Membership seized a chance to proceed certainly one of their music initiatives. That they had been considering of making a music video for over a 12 months, and a cousin of the Bobros approached the band with a visible idea for his or her observe referred to as “Solely A Boy.”
“He has a gaggle of pals and colleagues that he works with at a video manufacturing firm,” recalled Malcolm, who graduated from UCSB in 2019 with a level in philosophy and performs bass. With the beginning of lockdown, this mission between the Trout Membership and the manufacturing firm, referred to as Peyote Footage, didn’t appear attainable for the foreseeable future. As soon as the corporate had filmed and created two music movies for 2 different artists with security precautions, nevertheless, the band was decided to start manufacturing for their very own video.
Cedric, the drummer of the band, added that the tune “Solely a Boy” was chosen for the music video as a result of the corporate got here up with an intriguing idea and in addition as a result of the tune is the shortest on their EP. He famous that “each added ten seconds of the tune [would] add hours of labor in manufacturing as a result of there are such a lot of takes [they] need to do.” Different concepts that accommodated filming through the pandemic have been applied as effectively. Malcolm described the precautions the band undertook, revealing that there have been “solely 4 crew members” and that “[they] thought it might be an amazing thought to [shoot the video] outdoors to be additional secure.”
One of many units was fittingly filmed at Trout Membership in Santa Barbara, and lead singer and banjo participant Hernandez-Black, who graduated as a philosophy main in 2019, elaborated on capturing at out of doors places there through the pandemic. “We needed to lug our amps, devices and the recording stuff via a path whereas additionally preserving a distance from one another and we wore a masks the entire stroll up.”
Regardless of the mandatory precautions, the music video was “a extremely good expertise” for the band and the manufacturing firm did “a killer job.” Hernandez-Black stated that he hopes the band will have the ability to “do one other [music video] down the road every time it’s secure.”
At present, the group is engaged on their upcoming album, which is “nonetheless within the early preparation part.” The band’s collaborative musical course of contributes to their distinctive storage rock sound. “We do our greatest to maintain the songs dynamic,” Malcolm stated, including that they attempt to swap up the sound and composition of the observe in the event that they appear to be too “cookie cutter.” He additionally elaborated on their inventive course of, saying that “a whole lot of the songwriting course of is spent enjoying dwell with one another and simply feeling it out, making tweaks, enjoying it once more.” Hernandez-Black additionally added that they’ll actively talk about the musical association of the songs in order that “everybody places their very own elements and influences.”
“Welcome to Trout Membership” was recorded all collectively “in a extremely small room,” which is not possible due to COVID-19. Now, with a view to report their upcoming album, the band’s plan is for each member to report their very own half at their very own home and construct upon a single backtrack. “Quique does a scratch vocal observe, after which I do a drum observe so that everybody else can play to that and have a constant rhythm. Everybody simply piles on tracks by simply emailing audio information backwards and forwards,” Cedric defined.
Whereas distant recording is a stark distinction to their regular inventive course of, the group identified that there are some constructive facets. As their songwriting course of primarily concerned working towards and enjoying together, Hernandez-Black revealed that “after jamming typically, [they] get exhausted and simply need to go house.” This new course of will enable the band to place songs collectively right into a completed product, because the band would normally begin working towards a observe that was barely full. Nonetheless, “it does blow not with the ability to play collectively as a result of that’s the primary manner we all know the way to collaborate,” admitted Hernandez-Black.
There may be a whole lot of uncertainty round when “regular” will return and occasions can happen. The band revealed that their upcoming album’s launch date continues to be within the works however “as quickly because the lockdown is lifted and it’s secure to play dwell exhibits,” they plan to do as many as they will. In the interim, the members of Trout Membership are “actually grateful for the band” and one another’s friendship throughout a tough and isolating time.
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