Trevor Cole Band drummer talks about group's 'Texas country' music
IF YOU GO
• WHAT: Trevor Cole Band
• WHEN: 9 p.m. Friday
• WHERE: The Barn, 12201 Farm-to-Market Road 236, Mission Valley
• AGE: 21 and up
It's not all back roads and pretty girls for the seven country guys in the Trevor Cole Band.
Drummer Gabriel Muniz caught up with Get Out to talk about the band's latest single, injecting a little rock 'n' roll into traditional, dance-hall country and how even when you forget the words, there's something to laugh about.
TCB definitely has a southern rock feel. How would you describe the band's spin on Texas country?
It's hard to be just country. The only thing country about it is the fiddle and steel. That's what we do - it's Texas country with our own little spin.
It's hard to put it in a box. Everybody wants to say they're country. It's just what we do. It's hard to explain what we're doing without putting a label on it.
If I really had to put a label on it, I'd say we're more southern rock, Texas music.
What's the story behind the band's next single, "Back 40 Tank"?
Trevor wrote that song. He and I write all the songs. He brings them to me, and I arrange them and iron them out.
The story he was trying to tell had to be radio friendly. He ends up meeting this girl, and the only thing he was trying to do is get in her pants, but he falls in love with her. He runs into her at a party and says, "Hey, let's get married."
The back 40 tank is the back tank where the cattle go. If you're country, you'll know.
Is it true if you're going to play in Texas, you've got to have a fiddle in band?
Absolutely. We stumbled on our fiddle player. He's phenomenal. His name is Cory Blair. He moved to Hallettsville from Fort Worth. He's 22 now. He's been playing in competitions but had never been in a band.
Since we're based out of Hallettsville, and Hallettsville has the Fiddlers' Frolics, it was funny we couldn't find one. The fact that we found one, and he comes from Fort Worth is hilarious.
He came on board in March or April of last year, so it's been a little over a year."Turn the Party On" seems like one of those 5:01 p.m. on a Friday type songs.
That were definitely Trevor and I putting our heads together.
It tells a story. It jams. It's kind of corny, but it tells a story of what it's like to be working all week, and you want to get off.
It's that straight Texas country beat, that driving-kicking Texas beat - that's what it feels like when we're finally done working, and we want to go out and hear a good band play.
How has the band evolved since you started playing together in 2010?
In the beginning, it was a big mess. Everybody wanted to be in a band; they just didn't know how.
Trevor was playing with another group called Country Crossing.
When we first got together, we had a practice, the talent was there; it was just a big mess. Then, we actually started playing real music, playing like a band.
As we evolved, that's when we started figuring out our style, what kind of band we wanted to be and what kind of music we wanted to play. We evolved from being just a jam band to trying to make some real music.
The stuff we've written since the EP is a lot different. It includes a lot more fiddle and more of a down-home feel as far as the style. It's not so "Nashville." That sound is great if you want to listen to that kind of stuff, but people going for Texas country want something more hard-edged and to the point.
What's been your favorite experience on stage?
Trevor forgets the words a lot. We play about four hours a night - a lot of originals and a lot of covers. Sometimes, you just go blank.
One night, we were opening up for Stoney LaRue and we're playing one of our originals - a song that's going to be on our next CD, "Old Stomping Grounds." He looks at me with that look in his eye: a total brain fart.
It happens; it's just funny because the idea is to not let anybody else there know he forgot the lyrics. We just play it off like nothing's wrong.
With summer on its way, is there anything we should be on the lookout for from the band?
We've got some good gigs coming up. Cory Morrow in June, some stuff in July in Fort Worth, and "Back 40 Tank" comes out in August. We'll be at Turkeyfest and Schulenburg Festival. The fall is when we'll be hitting it hard.