GIG REVIEW: Little Triggers (scroll down for some live concert footage!)
These guys hail from Merseyside and purveyors of some damn fine rock n’ roll Little Triggers storm back into Brighton with their new album Loaded Gun. I had missed these guys when they last stopped off in Brighton. They were on their way to play some European gigs but had stopped off in Brightons record store – Vinyl Revolution. They created quite a stir when the delivered a 30 minute in store set. I wanted to see, and hear, what the fuss was all about!
Chatting with the guys Tom and Lowell had been to college together and have known each other for some time. Little Triggers, formed about 18 months ago and the feedback I had heard indicated that they have become known for electrifying live performances and gigs, and have supported such luminaries as Iggy Pop on tour. Lowell who shares vocal duties and guitars has his brother in the band, Chris who plays bass and also vocals. Jay is the man on drums.
Tom Hamilton: Guitars and lead vocals
Lowell Carragher: Guitars and vocals.
Chris Garragher: Bass guitar and vocals
Jay Radcliffe: Drums and vocals
Little Triggers – The Set
I had expected an outside performance and as I had been shooting in Brighton I had arrived with lenses that were for outside, and it was indoors but quite well lit, but from the minute Little Triggers took to the stage they didn’t keep still for a second! It made capturing the guys tricky! But – boy was it worth it! The venue was the Brunswick in Hove, a venue I had not been in for some time. A sizeable but comfortable crowd had gathered to watch them play.
A quick last minute tune up and we were away for what turned out to be one of the most exciting live rock and roll sets I have seen in a while. The hook laden guitar riffs fired up from Tom and Lowell, in came Jay kickin’ and stomping on those drums and an intestine shaking bass guitar from Chris. The sound produced was incredible, sure it was loud but you could hear every note played and sung. Sadly Jay was kind of tucked out of sight behind a pillar, but you could hear him as he provided some superb drum patterns and heavy fills. One of my favourite tracks from these guys is the opener for the new album is Giving Me Up – that’s a track you have to hear! The superb roof shakers It Aint Over and What You Gonna Do About It were also in the set.
The guys gave us about half the tracks of their first album. Tom had said afterwards there was a lot of new stuff in the set as the band are working on a second album which may be out later in the year! The sounds, people always ask what did they sound like so I picked up some Bad Company, Lizzy, Queen (early) and some of those riffs were easily up there with AC DC. But – please go see them for yourself and see what you think. These guys are worth your time and the price of a ticket.
These guys are cool. They are brilliant musicians who clearly have worked hard to hone their skills and to deliver a set at such a breakneck speed. Its modern and they describe themselves as Purveyors of The New Rock n Roll – yep, agreed! But there is a twist to their sound, its almost vintage 70s rock which, whilst sounds familiar, somehow, will catch you out as the songs twist and turn. If you add into the mix the bands seemingly endless energy and a clear relentless sense of wanting to deliver their music, then ladies and gentlemen, you have yourself one helluva rock and roll band. And this band have been one of the best outfits I have seen this year.
The set of old and new material was just phenomenal. The material they play is strong. The guys had said they were putting in an hour long set and a quick look at the watch confirmed indeed that the time was ticking down. A slower tempo track was a past single release – Silly Cigarettes. There was no mosh pit on this Sunday afternoon in Brighton, but there were lots of happy faces and tapping feet. The final songs are delivered and belted out with as much gusto as the first and their audience responded accordingly.
The last song had an audience participation spot – brilliantly executed and mixed in with one of their own tracks. No spoilers here – just go see them play and find out! The guys thanked everyone for coming out on a Sunday afternoon. They left the stage and within minutes they were outside chatting to folk and signing their album and well, just being themselves.
LITTLE TRIGGERS: A VIDEO
Turn it up and these guys could be your next favourite band, they are mine! Turn it up, move the chairs, open the windows and rock out!
They are a great bunch of guys to talk with, warm and full of humour, stories and happy to share past antics. They had put in a huge set to a large crowd at Bardfest which they had been happy with.
Little Triggers: Loaded Gun
I grabbed a copy of the new album, that’s how much I had enjoyed the Little Triggers and their music. These guys reminded me why I love doing what I do – a new band you hear for the first time who just nail it. I have a feeling that these smaller gigs and venues may soon not be sufficient for this band. They deserve a big stage and an ear busting sound to go with it. I was buzzing after their set and promised to see them again when they head back down this way.
These guys were superb, and the album doesn’t disappoint and allowed me to continue enjoying their music when I got back to Scene Sussex towers. Thank you Little Triggers for a terrific afternoon, for your time, conversation and for a kick ass album. Keep doing it and just come back soon!
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