The Down Trunks
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The Down Trunks

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The best kept secret in music


"The Down Trunks"

"Rock Unincorporated" (Independent)

Yeah, the name's a spoonerism of town drunks. But we can forgive that. The music hits a pleasant, boozy stumble now and then, but these KC boys aren't nearly as sloppy or as stupid as such a handle implies. In fact, Rock Incorporated is damn near tasteful, with jittery jangle-pop, mild alt-country seasoning and melodic lead lines that, thank God, owe more to VU or Television than to the Byrds or the Burrito Brothers. The guitar work -- crisp and wide-ranging without showiness -- is the star here. Not that the songs don't kick -- I'll stack the killer choruses of "A Lay Down" and "Falling Up" against any recent indie offering, and the chirps in "Punchcard" will buzz in your head all day -- but the sequencing is a little off. A few too many 5-minute midtempo shuffles gum up the levers, and even though the songs capture the warm lurching feel of knocking back a couple of brews, a little more variety would help. Minor quibbles for an album that manages to be spare and rich at once.
- The Pitch by Alan Scherstuhl

"Nice song!"

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by crashmodem from Wills Point, Texas

Nice song!
A great toe-tapper, and something I would expect to hear on KNON or KHYI in Dallas. This band definitely has the potential to make a splash in the Texas music scene. I couldn't pin down the similarities of the vocalist to any one artist in particular, but more of a mixture of an on-key Todd Snider, Ryan Adams, and... see this is where I got lost, I was reminded of some old 70s artist or band that I couldn't place. A wonderful sound where the vocals were the emphasis. -


"Fifteen Even"- 2001
"Rock Unincorporated"-2003
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The Down Trunks formed in early 2001. They are a regional touring act that have taken them to numerous locales including Minneapolis, Stillwater, Des Moines, St. Louis, Chicago, Wichita, St. Paul, Lawrence, Kansas City, and Iowa City. Their music is simitaneously original and timeless. The DT's do not miss a beat when switching between heavily distorted rockers to stripped down acoustic driven songs.
The Down Trunks are influenced by Wilco, The Grateful Dead, Uncle Tupelo, Tom Petty, Split Lip Rayfield, The Replacements as well as others. The Down Trunks distance themselves from other bands by letting the songs themselves dictate where they will end up rather than trying to put constraints on them.