River City Tanlines
River City Tanlines
Band: Alicja Trout (vocals, guitar), Terrence Bishop (bass), John Bonds (drums)
Record label: Dirtnap Records, Big Legal Mess
The River City Tanlines (the name being a play on the concept of a “farmer tan”) is a three-piece rock band from Memphis, TN.
Alicja Trout, the principle songwriter, is a veteran of countless noteworthy punk/indie bands over the years, including The Clears (Smells Like Records), The Lost Sounds (In the Red Records, Fat Possum) and her other current projects, Alicja-pop, MouseRocket and Black Sunday. Likewise, the powerful rhythm section of Terrence Bishop and John Bonds are no strangers to success, having played together behind such names as Jack Oblivian, R.L. Burnside, Kenny Brown, and Rev Wilkins.
In 2009 they appeared in Craig Brewer’s (Hustle and Flow, Black Snake Moan) web-series (and soundtrack) for MTV, Five Dollar Cover, and performed “I’m Your Negative” in a rollerderby fight scene. They also have a song (“Black Knight,” a crowd favorite at live shows) featured in the EA Sports video game Skate.
Together since late 2004, the band has toured extensively in North America and Europe playing clubs and festivals, and has ten releases on various record labels around the world. Their first full length album I’m Your Negative was released in 2006 by Dirtnap Records out of Portland, OR.
Coast to Coast was recorded at Money Shot Studios in Water Valley, MS and released in summer 2012 on Big Legal Mess in Oxford, MS. The Tanlines took of for a European tour in October 2012. 2012 has been the last SXSW performamce by the Tanlines. Alicja gave birth to her second child in April 2013 and since then the band has not toured.
RCT will be at the New Daisy Theater(Memphis, TN) with Lita Ford Dec 15th, 2016. Also they are playing DKDC (Memphis, TN) on Feb 25th, 2017.
Links to reviews:
Below is an article from NPR written about their last showcase at SXSW in 2010.
Also features in FRICKE’S PICKS, Rolling Stone Magazine
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