SERIAL: NB 7042
CD REISSUE: 2009, Rock Candy Records (uk), CANDY058
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Jimmy Duggan - guitars, vocals * Richie House - guitars, vocals * Tom Nigra - bass, vocals * Derek Remington - drums, vocals
TRACK LISTING: 01 Somebody Like You * 02 Gimme Your Love * 03 Baby Don't Cry * 04 Shake It Up * 05 Rockin' Cross The USA * 06 Deadly Weapon * 07 I've Heard That Line Before * 08 Beware Of Strangers * 09 I Think I'm Ready * 10 Don't Stop Your Love * 11 We're Gonna Make It
Trigger were a New Jersey based rock band who bring to mind (ironically enough) two of Casablanca's other recording artists of the era: namely Angel
. I'm sure that by being signed to said label, the image, sound and success were designed to emulate the glory of the two aforementioned bands. However, that was not to be, and Trigger though not as successful, left behind an imprint of their music in one very hard-to-find album, released as far back as 1978, right in the hey-day of the disco era. Nothing disco about these boys though. Perhaps in a similar mould to Starz
and Canadian heroes Teaze
, though with a little less sophistication. they were initially described as power-pop, and though I hear some 'pop' tendencies shining through, I would still classify them closer to typical seventies hard rock in the same vein as those two outfits. Particularly if Kiss
' Gene Simmons has anything to do with it, as it was he who was rumoured to have 'discovered' this band, though probably all that happened was that Trigger supported the NY lip-smackers on the local New Jersey/New York circuit somewhere along the way.
Most of these eleven tracks are hovering around the 3 minute mark, hence so many of them on a vinyl release dating back from 1978. The singer (not sure who, will guess that it is Duggan), has a throaty raspy voice similar to Grand Prix
's Robin McAuley, but that is where the similarity ends, as the band take us a journey through seventies hard rock. Most of the songs have catchy, easy identifiable choruses, and the odd guitar solo spot. There is nothing wrong with the opening pair of 'Somebody Like You' and 'Gimme Your Love', while those previously mentioned pop tendencies strike home on 'Baby Don't Cry'. 'Rockin' Cross The USA' certainly shakes it up. Think The Boyzz
drinking beer rather than Jack Daniels and this what it sounds like! 'I've Heard That Line Before' contains all the street-smarts of a Starz
track, whilst the urgency of 'Beware Of Strangers' is complimented by the hard driving 'I Think I'm Ready'.
This album is about as rare as hens teeth. But if you think that's the case, then apparently the band had a second unreleased album that never saw the light of day. Occasionally you will see copies of it coming up for grabs on Ebay. If, like me, you are a purveyor of late seventies hard rock, then this Trigger happy lot should be well on your 'investigation list'.. with a bullet! A favorite among collectors out there, and who knows, this album might see a CD release one day soon. According to correspondence on the Net, House, Nigra, and Remington are still in touch and like many, would like to see their album out on CD. Duggan however, passed away in 2003 while Tom Nigra passed away in early 2011. A good band for their time, and one for the record books. Just for the record.. This band does not come from Cleveland. Thanks to Derek Remington for the confirmation.. Lol!
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