Song of the Day: Rhinestone Pickup Truck – Sinking

Rhinestone Pickup Truck is the work of Applachian singer-songwriter Tristen Colby, a self-described glitter grunge project that originally started out as a way to pass the time with home recordings but soon grew into something much more. After a series of releases since mid 2020, Rhinestone Pickup Truck has now signed with Stockholm, Sweden based indie label PNKSLM Recordings for the release of new EP Adore Me, which was was mixed by Jake Orall of JEFF the Brotherhood and is due out on October 21.

Colby started out recording and touring the US at 16 years old as part of the duo The Styrofoam Turtles, receiving attention both nationally and internationally for their debut album Burnouts Watered Town, the band came to a stop during lockdown in 2020. Rather than turning away from music, Colby started recording new songs at home with a Tascam 24 track and a 20 dollar microphone, songs which would become the start of Rhinestone Pickup Truck. A self-released first record, Sobbing in the Moshpit, was released in the fall of 2020 and was followed by his second record Happily in Dismay and third Sad Planet, both of which were released with Richmond, VA indie label Sockhead Records during 2021.

At the end of 2021, Colby set to working on what would become the Adore Me EP, finding himself moving in a different direction towards a sound more akin to early Weezer or Teenage Fanclub, and opting to work together with Jake Orall of long-time heroes JEFF the Brotherhood. Colby’s strongest work yet, the Adore Me EP includes four tracks covering broken relationships, anxiety and insecurity – and finding your way through it all. Written as a long term relationship came to an end, lead single “Sinking” mirrors the conflicting emotions and overall sense of loss that Colby was going through at the time. Enjoy the tune!