Like that last shot of whiskey you know you shouldn’t have, but damn if you can’t help yourself, Loose Trim rocked asses hard at The Pussycat Lounge in downtown Manhattan on March 21st.
Opening for Boston-by-way-of-Venezuela jam rockers The Highway, the boys from Mission Hill were a throwback to the seventies – in all the right ways.
Loose Trim played their first road show only a stone’s throw from Ground Zero, and right above a strip club. They were without their usual bassist, Zach Lee (Highway singer/bassist Daniel Tortoledo was kind enough to fill the breach), who’d been in a motorcycle accident and was going into surgery that night. But the rock don’t stop for nobody, and The Trim made that very clear, right off the bat with “Don’t Get Better”, the kind southern-fried classic rock song they just don’t make no more. Things took a darker turn with the following “About That Time”, and slowed up for the next number, “Guilty Pleasures”, but it all started loosening up as the band kept ordering up more drinks.
Singer John Van Dyck largely commanded the stage, with his wild hair and wilder voice. The only exception was the drum solo by Rick The Stick, where every guitar pointed his way, ZZ Top-style. The night got hotter with the band’s Austin, Texas homage, “Down South”, but hit its climax with the funky, sexy grooves of the wa-wa infused finale, “Lose That Belly (Keep That Ass)”. There’s not a lot to miss about the Me Decade, but its music has been sorely lacking these days, and Loose Trim is helping to bring it all back home.