Trigger – Trigger [1978]

triggerCountry USA          

Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Derek Remington – Drums,Vocals, Jimmy Duggan – Guitar,Vocals, Richie House – Guitar,Vocals, Tom Nigra – Bass,Vocals

Tracks 01. Somebody Like You, 02. Gimme Your Love, 03. Baby Don’t Cry, 04. Shake It Up, 05. Rockin’ ‘Cross The U.S.A, 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

Profile TRIGGER was a four-piece act that rocked the New Jersey / New York circuit during the Seventies. The band recorded a private vinyl at the middle of the decade, but their great opportunity arrived when Gene Simmons presented Trigger to Kiss’ recording label, Casablanca. The deal was done and Trigger’s self-titled album released in 1978. If you take a look at the cover you can see that the image suggested to Trigger by the label has pretty much in common with other Casablanca artist: Giuffria’s Angel. But musically, Trigger is timeless catchy rock ‘n roll with high doses of radio friendly melodies. They could be compared with Starz, Legs Diamond, Moxy and John Waite’s The Babys.

Despite the year of recording, “Trigger” sounds crisp and commercially close to the refined early Eighties. The album was co-arranged & produced by Corky Stasiak (who worked with Kiss at the time) and together with Jay Messina (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick) and Dennis Ferrante (Alice Cooper) engineered the whole thing. So you know what to expect here. Most tracks are sung by drummer Derek Remington with his slightly raspy throat, but guitarists Jimmy Duggan (RIP) and Richie House also did lead vocals on a couple of tracks each. With three well trained lead singers plus bassist doing backgrounds, Trigger develops here as well very nice multi-part harmony vocals.

Apparently Trigger recorded a second album but they fell into oblivion with Casablanca’s bankrupt. Their album – only released on LP – become a collectors hard to find piece for many years, until a British specialized label reissued the disc on CD some years ago. Quite rare album, packed with lovable, melodic American late seventies rock music.

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