Vintage Trouble are known for their raucous live shows, where molten guitar riffs and classic R&B grooves pour from the stage like tidal waves. The L.A.-based quartet has been generating buzz on the road for years now, parlaying a groundswell of fan devotion into opening slots for The Who, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Lenny Kravitz and Willie Nelson, among others. (We pegged them as a band to watch back in 2012.) But at the group’s recent Paste Studio session in New York, they flaunted their softer side, putting acoustic treatments on three of their best songs in a show of musical versatility you don’t see from too many rock bands.
“It feels a little porchier and a little less basement-y,” singer Ty Taylor said of the vibe at Paste, where Vintage Trouble performed songs from their first two records, The Bomb Shelter Sessions and 1 Hopeful Rd., as well as a newer track from this year, “Knock Me Out.”
“It’s really nice because it makes you remember how the songs were written before they got blown up into big production,” Taylor said. “There’s also something really nice about it feeling a little more rootsy, a little folkier. When you write songs a lot, you hear this thing about, the better the song is, the more stripped down you can have it be and it feels full. Although most times it’s nice to do acoustic songs because they remind you how good the song is, sometimes they out you, too.”
Vintage Trouble opened with “Doin’ What You Were Doin’,” from 1 Hopeful Rd., and followed it with the first song they ever wrote together, “Blues Hand Me Down,” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions. The group is working on a third full-length album with a target release date in 2018, but right now you can catch them on the road with Trombone Shorty. Find tour dates here, and watch their full Paste session below.