Robert Balfour and Chris Thomson sat down at the tail-end of 2012 to write some songs together in their living rooms. After penning nearly an album’s worth of material over many teas, coffees, tins, and even gins, they started performing at the local singer/songwriter night in Mareel.
Several public performances followed in 2013, including a spot at Glusstonberry, and a well-received opening slot at the Lerwick music festival “Oxjam” was a particular highlight for the quirky duo.
After recording a demo of one of their songs, Birds in the summer of 2014, and after nearly two years as a dyad, in the early of Autumn 2014, Chris Cope (Bass) and Erik Peterson (Drums) were added to the lineup, and Trookers had their debut as a foursome at the Oxjam Takeover event in the Lerwick Boating Club.
Their music has gathered some warm reviews from critics throughout the past few years, and the foursome began recording an album’s worth of material in late 2015, releasing their first single Minute Steak in November 2016. In 2017 they released their second single The Temporary and produced a music video which was shown at the Screenplay festival in September that year.
Despite the departure of drummer Erik for mainland Scotland, they are looking forward to bringing their ‘making the easy way look awkward’ blend of warm pop glazed with charm to snuggled listeners here in Shetland and beyond its shores in the hopefully not too distant future.