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Trapper Schoepp & the Shades: Run, Engine, Run

Last Updated 10/30/2012 9:43:46 AM

By: John B. Moore

Trapper Schoepp & the Shades Run, Engine, Run (SideOneDummy)Trapper Schoepp & the Shades

Run, Engine, Run


Whiskeytown, Old 97’s, Son Volt, have you met Trapper Schoepp & the Shades yet? Despite the awkward moniker (the Shades, really?), I think you guys will get along.

These kids from Milwaukee (yeah, I know!) play a particularly satisfying brand of alt country that borrows some of the best parts of those bands mentioned earlier, as well as some rock chops from groups like Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Lucero. On Run, Engine, Run, the band’s third effort, thanks to a deal with indie powerhouse SideOneDummy, they are bound to start winning over fans beyond the Midwest. The album, a lyrical love note to the locals, has enough charm to appeal well beyond its roots, destined to be a fave among everyone from hipsters in Williamsburg to surf rats in SoCal.

Not completely flawless, the album does include a few songs that sound like the band is trying a bit too hard to write a few “aw shucks” ditties in the vein of John Mellencamp (in particular, the title track). And it does take a couple of spins for the songs to really take hold, but it’s more than worth the time spent when you realize songs like “Pins and Needles” and “So Long” will be making it to the top of your playlists (or on all your mix tapes? Gotta admit I have no idea how old you are) for years to come.

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