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Pick Up the Pieces With TruckerBomb's, "Broken Like Me"

TruckerBomb is known for its eclectic concoction of dive-bar grunge and the up-tempo swing of honky-tonk. Although this city is not a source for the sounds of country-rock, Los Angeles where you can find TruckerBomb keeping unmatched energy, and love for the music they craft.

Returning with the nostalgic essence that is wedged into their latest single “Broken Like Me,” the similar yet profoundly exclusive liveliness that TruckerBomb brings forth has us swept into their knack for expressively forward, guitar rich hits. There’s a simmering ambiance in the mid-tempo rhythm that has us swaying towards the heartfelt tenors placed into a composition of this caliber.

With an exquisitely constructed instrumentation that is formed on the basis of classic rock elements, the breath of fresh air that TruckerBomb offers listeners has us swimming in a pool of authentically intensified scenarios. With a remarkable narrative that plays upon two people being perfectly imperfect, TruckerBomb highlights that although broken, two people can still care for each other in a way that doesn’t have to make sense.

Latching onto lyrical motifs like, ‘You’re broken like me. Any fool can see it. You and I could be. A one and only special fit,’ the fervently fulfilling origin in which words like these stem from have us wrapped up in a world of emotion that comes from listening to a TruckerBomb record from start to finish. Always amazing us at what they’re capable of providing, the rush of euphoric tendencies that pull us into the undertow of reflection is rather notable.

Always a pleasure to sit down and chat with you at BuzzMusic TuckerBomb. It’s wonderful to hear a song like “Broken Like Me,” showcase a different side of you all while sticking to your realm of musicality. Was there a particular moment or story that inspired the lyrics we hear?

Well, it was a few ex-girlfriends ago … I always knew this particular situation was never going to work out, no matter how much effort I put into it. I suppose I started writing the song as I was thinking of what kind of partner she’d need to be happy if she could ever really be happy, and what that would look like. It’s unfortunate that there are some people in the world that are always going to be broken. I put a lot of work into getting myself un-broken, and I felt that I needed to get away from her to stay that way. With the relationship a few years in the rearview mirror, I was able to finish the song. I switched the narrative around a little bit so it’s a song about the relationship working out. I didn’t think the world needs another song with a guy complaining about his ex. While I tried to make it a song with a positive message, I’m not really sure who’d listen and think, “Broken like me … wow, how romantic!” Hopefully, it just means there’s someone for everyone.

How would you say “Broken Like Me,” compared to the previously released ‘Mobridge, South Dakota?' What does this particular song say about you as a band?

TruckerBomb has two new members since the last single was released. I like that we can kind of document what’s going on musically at each stage. Each single has us moving forward and capturing more sonic landscapes. “Broken Like Me” is one of our more upbeat songs. More rock or Americana, a little less country. Lyrically, both “Mobridge, South Dakota” and “Light of Jesus” had some existential dread going on. Maybe this one does too? They are my lyrics so … I don’t know … maybe I need therapy.

Looking back at the last time we spoke, we got to hear the wonderful pieces of advice that you’ve been given along your way. What is the best piece of advice that you have to offer anyone looking to follow in the footsteps of TruckerBomb?

We have four people who really believe in what we’re doing and are 100% committed to doing it. It took a while to get here, but it’s great to have finally arrived. What TruckerBomb does is easy to say but hard to pull off. My advice is to find people who have the same goals and are all equally committed to achieving them. Also, find people who like each other. It’s really important. We’re all going to spend a lot of time together for no money. It’s not like a job where you put in your eight hours and then go home. I don’t think TruckerBomb is ever off the clock. We’ve all got something going on in the back of our heads as far as the band is concerned. We wouldn’t have that if we … okay, this will sound like a cliché … but we wouldn’t have that if we didn’t feel like a family. I spoke with a lot of guitarists as we were getting the band back together early this year. As we got close to meeting, I’d tell them how I felt about the last election, progressive causes and mask mandates, whatever. If we weren’t on the same page, they didn’t get an audition. I was accused of wanting to stay in my own little echo chamber, but I don’t care. These songs are a part of me. I’m not allowing some crazy-person DNA to come in and infect them with conspiracy theories. When it came down to the time to have Salty Rose and Ursula Lari join Dave Rodway and me and play some music for the first time, it wasn’t even like an audition. It was like we were just double-checking that everything was right. And it was.

What’s your mission statement as a whole? How do you ensure that transfers over through everything that you do?

Keep moving forward. Even the smallest advances are still advances. They add up over time. We’re all just working toward making the best music we possibly can. And, the only people we need to impress are ourselves. We’re all pretty critical of what we do, so if the four of us are happy, that’s really all that matters. If we never make it big, at least we can leave a lot of audiences saying, “Wow, I can’t believe they never made it big.” I’d prefer a bunch of people saying, “Wow, I saw them before they were huge,” but there are a lot of factors that have nothing to do with us there. All we can do is keep moving forward.



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