Review of Triggers by Michael from 331arts

Review by Michael Del Vecchio of 331arts
If Triggers came from a city like Oakville or Kelowna, they would probably sound a lot more like Blink 182 or Simple Plan. It seems the experience of living in Winnipeg, a city known for its bitter cold, crack problems, high murder rates, and hometown heroes Propagandhi, has molded their music into a gritty, aggressive, yet insatiably poppy form of punk rock. The predictable yet catchy break downs keep the tunes rooted in the pop-punk genre while the growl in the vocals suggest influences reminiscent of the late 1990s and early 2000s sound that come from bands like Avail, Face to Face, Hot Water Music, and of course, the aforementioned godfathers of Canadian prairie punk. Triggers have taken all the pop from pop punk but given it a mature and brash edge.
The album, simply titled “EP,” is the first release from Triggers. It begins with “Onward Upward,” a solid introduction to the band and preview of what to expect in the songs to follow. Anyone who has ever written a song can relate to the band’s decree “these six strings keep me honest.” The “whoahoahoahs” that open “Structures,” the albums second track, is immediately followed by a lengthy break down filled with addictive guitar licks and reaffirms the listener they will be listening to a pop-punk album. The band’s ability to produce memorable and catchy tunes becomes even more clear by the end of the third song, “Collected,” when you realize you are singing along to the lines “I keep myself together”, even though it is the first time you have ever heard it. Although the albums fourth song “Gaining Ground” sings about “the wheels falling off” it is this point in the album that the listener can start to fully appreciate the sound the band is trying to craft. The album stops sounding like this band or that band, and starts sounding like Triggers. Just in time too; the final track of the EP, titled “2.0” is the song that provides the most original contribution to a Canadian punk scene that is quickly revitalizing itself. It was almost as if the rest of the album was a precursor to this one song. The album’s sound slowly evolves from a tribute to the (pop) punk bands of yesteryear, and an excellent one at that, to an innovative and original style that merely hints at influences rather than mimics them. Hopefully,
Triggers hits the road soon and brings their aggressive style of pop punk to Southern, Ontario.

By Michael Del Vecchio, 331arts