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""Elude the Suits" Review"

JANUARY 4, 2007

Triggers release power-poppy debut EP

Elude the Suits self-released When you start with herky-jerky piano pop and throw in a lot of falsetto whoo-hoo-hoo's, it's tempting to immediately make the Ben Folds comparison. But on their debut EP, Elude the Suits, Triggers manage to sound like a different group on almost every power-poppin' song, starting with the adenoidal Costelloish anthem, "Eyes Like a Ninja."

You may recall Triggers' vocalist Brett Zoric from his stint in earnest hopefuls Monarch; this more fun-loving context seems a much more natural fit for him, alongside Joe Kasler (bass) and ex-You members Adam Rousseau (guitar) and "Woody" Kawood (drums).

As I was saying, Triggers cover a lot of ground over five songs and barely 17 minutes. "She Had Me on Takeoff" ignites with a chopsticky keyboard line reminiscent of Manfred Mann's "Blinded By the Light," before switching into junky percussion, breezy falsetto vocals and clap-and-sing-along choruses -- a groove on the order of "Peaches and Cream" from Beck's farcical romp, Midnite Vultures.

The strong Elvis Costello influence resurfaces on "Body English" (itself a very Costello title), in lines like "Forget the words that I don't know / They changed but I'm not here anymore," delivered with a cynical glee. The raunched-out "Anyone at Anytime" smacks of Beatles via Supergrass, while the closer, "Change It Up," does just that, blending pop-rock with a taste of ska.

I could do with two-thirds of the whoo's dying a quiet death, and the songs would certainly benefit from a little more shine. That said, Rousseau's guitar-playing is unexpectedly bracing, and Elude the Suits accomplishes precisely what an EP from an ambitious new group should do: show a band experimenting with sound and style, demonstrate a certain room to grow, and hint at future accomplishment. With this kind of a start, Triggers just might be next year's model.

– Aaron Jentzen, Pittsburgh City Paper - Pittsburgh City Paper

""Elude the Suits" Review"

JANUARY 14, 2007

Imagine if Ben Folds and Devo joined forces with some help from Elvis Costello to form a band, and you have an idea of what Triggers sounds like. Triggers new EP, Elude the Suits, takes the sound introduced on their first demo and refines it even further. From the jumpy staccato new wave guitar hook of Eyes Like A Ninja to the hyper pop She Had Me At Takeoff with its falsetto vocal, to the piano pounding rocker Anyone At Anytime, Elude The Suits is full of great pop songs.


"Triggers Show Review"

“The stereotype of indie-pop fans is either chubby girls with horn rimmed glasses or underfed, record store clerks. Local group Triggers play music that just drips indie-pop, but the crowd was atypical, to say the least. Average sized girls danced in front of the stage, and guys who looked like they just left a frat party rocked out to Triggers set. Triggers lifted a packed house at Club Cafe out of the winter doldrums: perhaps they will be one of the few to lift Pittsburgh out of their musical doldrums.

The music is quite poppy, with easy references to Ben Folds and Weezer; the band is a four piece ensemble with a guitar, bass, drummer and a piano. The real influence of this band is Brian Wilson -- as Weezer was clearly influenced by Brian Wilson too. (Anyone who has heard Brian Wilson's new work could possibly make the argument Brian Wilson is so far gone that he too, is influenced by Brian Wilson.)

Falling between the ages of twenty-two and twenty-four, the members figured out the path to the infectious hook. Adam's guitar parts were simplistic, yet stayed with the listener for days after the show. Woody, the drummer, kept a solid steady beat throughout the set. Brett's piano playing was key to every song. Joe, on bass played well throughout the set. The best stage antics went to Brett, with his hand gestures from behind the keys. The most notable hand gesture was "the shooter".

No one song was head and shoulders above the rest, but every song kept the crowd tapping their feet. This was a rare occasion where each and every song was enjoyable and no one song brought the evening to a screeching halt.

Triggers have yet to pack up the van and go on tour. Then, they might not be welcomed as warmly in other towns as they are in Pittsburgh, but this band can create believers out of any self-respecting music fan. Pittsburgh, please see Triggers before they feel the need to move to another city to score a record deal.� - The Front Weekly

"Triggers Show Review"

"The night brought forth Triggers, a Ben Folds style keyboard centered ensemble, complete with three devotees. Giving truth to the adage that guys in bands really do get the ladies despite their outward appearance, the instruments are hypnotic and well arranged. Delighted by two upbeat dance numbers and a quirky ballad, the transitions were smooth yet unpredictable." - Music: Underground Magazine


"Elude the Suits" EP released December 2006
"3 Songs by Triggers" Demo released November 2005


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The story of Triggers began in the Spring of 2005 in Pittsburgh, PA. Keyboardist/vocalist Brett Zoric, along with bassist Joe Salmond recently had a falling out with their previous group Monarch, signed to CA based Northern Records. Rather than mourn over the lost chance at greatness Monarch presented, the two looked at their situation as an opportunity to start over and pursue a new direction.

The two enlisted the help of guitarist/vocalist Adam Rousseau and drummer Rich "Woody" Kawood, whose long working relationship had seen them through several local bands throughout the years. With the addition of Rousseau and Kawood, Triggers was born.

The band's songs vary from hip-hop dance numbers to straight ahead guitar/synth rock n roll, yet are strung together with enough consistent elements to form a cohesive sound. Drawing their influence from classics such as Elvis Costello, The Beatles and The Clash, along with their love of contemporary pop such as Spoon, Blur and The Rapture, Triggers song catalogue is given a sense of breadth that is not commonly found in other bands.

Shortly after the formation of the band, Salmond left to pursue a career in the US military. He was replaced by the group's mutual friend Joe Kasler, of local math rock heroes Evergreen Movement. Kasler's strong technical playing ability and approach only strengthened the foundation of the band and added a new perspective to Triggers' pop focus.

Triggers continues to write music and play shows, both locally and regionally. They have already managed to make an impact on the Pittsburgh music scene, gain significant radio play and attract attention from local press and media personalities. Their debut EP, Elude the Suits, only promises more growth and stands as a preview of things to come.