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A Dirty Dozen with PETER GELOSO of TROUT – December 2018

| 21 December 2018 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Detroit, Michigan classic rock band TROUT has released their self-titled record to digital outlets, as well as on vinyl through Rouge Records. Formed in the northernmost reaches of the Detroit area, TROUT’s eponymous debut LP provides true credence to the soul of rock music. This isn’t a band wearing “vintage” on its sleeve like it’s a Halloween costume– their classic swagger is seemingly effortless and carries a very tangible authenticity that cannot be denied. TROUT’s vocalist and lead guitarist Pete Geloso leads the band through flashes of blues, soul, R&B, and hard rock that puts their sound alongside a wide array of classic and modern acts such as Grand Funk Railroad, Natural Child and Blue Cheer.” We get Peter to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest release is our very first full length album. We released a 7” single with two songs about a year and a half ago which featured two track that we re-recorded for this album. I guess it’s up to diehard fans to decided which versions they like better.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Members of our families whether it was listening to music they played around us, or whether they were a musician themselves.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

What’s funny about this question is that we could go on for days about that but it all really comes down to The Beatles and Black Sabbath. Everything about them.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Phil Spector. Not only is he arguably the greatest producer ever, but I’d like to see what would happen if he tried to point a gun at any of us. We have guns too.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

It’s blues rock with spices of R&B, Soul, hard rock, and some even say country. Someone once compared us to Pat Travers. Not so cool.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Like any form of art, it’s a release from the daily drag or anything that’s bothering you. It’s a good drug.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We don’t really cook or play acoustics and do singalongs, but we all like the drink aspect. Budweiser’s and Traverse City Whiskey. Kyle Shelest is usually the first to take his shirt off.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

One time we got to open for Against The Grain here in Detroit and I don’t know why but we had a tough time trying to talk to Kyle Davis. When we finally did, he was a huge prick. Very disappointing.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

None of us play music full time. So I guess playing music full time!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I think we all agree to say what happens in the passed stays there and we move forward. But then again, none of us seem to look back and have a point in time in our music career we wish we could do over. Maybe a few shows, but that’s going to happen.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

The Beatles Sgt. Peppers. It changed music forever especially because they themselves decided they wanted to make a record that they at the time decided they couldn’t play live so they would just stick to the studio.




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