Trouble in the Wind
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Trouble in the Wind

Carlsbad, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Carlsbad, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Folk




"2012 Review - Extraspecialgood Section"

- No Work Dancing

I was kinda hoping that these guys sucked, as their name is perfect for a creative slam. No dice. The skilled quartet filters things like Talking Heads and The Walkmen through a tattered Calexico cheesecloth, turning the 11 tracks here into dusty and original gems. Hard to classify and solid throughout, “No Work Dancing” deftly blurs the line between trainhopping sing-a-longs and quirky accordion rock without ever coming off as pretentious or straining. Nicely varied yet cohesive, it’s difficult to imagine this album benefiting from anything other than people taking the time to check it out.

—Scott McDonald - City Beat San Diego

"If I Were You"

Trouble in the Wind take inspiration from outlaw country staples like Johnny Cash, but you can also hear hints of The Ramones and Modest Mouse in this local band’s sub lime, slightly ramshackle songcraft. - SD CityBeat

"Trouble in the Wind - Gone and Done It"

From the first listen, this North County folk quartet’s EP has secured a place as contender in my best of 2011 list (though, technically, it was released Dec. 20). The group doesn’t force its country instrumentation—including accordion, slide guitar and stand-up bass—on the listener. Rather, the band serves as a solid platform for Robby Gira’s gusty vocals, which are less singing than direct, wailing blasts from a tender, tormented heart. I hate to compare, but the record’s reminiscent of Bobby Bare Jr., Beat Strings and Townes Van Zandt, with a touch of Arcade Fire.
—Dave Maass
- San Diego CityBeat


Still working on that hot first release.



It started four years ago as a country/rock trio called Cactus Bob. We used to play at the E Street Cafe in Encinitas, says singer/guitarist/songwriter Robby Gira, about the early acoustic days of the group that would become Trouble in the Wind. The band, also including drummer Ryan Fox and bassist Trevor Mulvey, still had its feet in Americana. But with the addition of Kyle Merritt (banjo, accordion, melodica, guitar), the North County band blossomed into a multi-instrumental collective, able to spin larger-than-life rich cinematic tales. Trouble in the Winds multi-faceted instrumentation and their expansive lyric/yarns allow them to paint movie-like pictures on stage full of drama and imagery.

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