The proliferous nature of Memphis’ garage rock scene is due, in some part, to artist/musician/Contaminated Records owner Alicja Trout. Starting with new wave band the Clears, she has co-founded — or anchored — numerous groups, including Lost Sounds, Nervous Patterns, Black Sunday, the Fitts, the Ultracats, and Mouserocket. She’s also served short stints in backing bands for Monsieur Jeffrey Evans, Ron Franklin and Arthur Lee.
In July 2004, River City Tanlines — Trout on Flying V, Terrence Bishop on bass, and Bubba John Bonds on drums — combined their love for blues, garage rock, and the Ramones, debuting with the now-scarce “Black Knight” 7-inch, originally released on Misprint and since reissued as part of the RCTL’s 2005 compilation available on Dirtnap Records (CD) and Soul Is Cheap (LP). Five years later, the band is still releasing killer sides like “I’m Your Negative” and “He Said Yes.” Most recently, Trout became a mother, “Black Knight” turned up in an EA Sports video game, and RCTL appeared in Craig Brewer’s MTV series “$5 Cover.”
River City Tanlines will perform at the Saturday (Sept. 26) Afternoon Blowout at Murphy’s during Gonerfest VI.
Go here for a great interview with Alicja Trout.