Triggerfinger – Collusus (Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group) 
Triggerfinger - Colossus

Release Date: Out Now

It was love at first track with this album and largely because it reminded me of much missed Belgians Les Anges and then I realised that Triggerfinger are a bunch of Belgians too – there must be something in that fruit beer. Album title track ‘Colossus’ starts with a wheel spin and then moves quickly through the gears driving by the guitar and bass combo working in tandem. A quick pause to light a cigarette and then we’re off again with ‘Flesh Tight’, a stylish, Stooges-esque piece that manages to squeeze the word ‘Lollygagging’ in to a song – a first for me. ‘Candy Killer’ has all the edge, imagination and excellent bass work of a Muse song (a band they’ve supported on the stadium circuit) but also an element of David Lynch and Talking Heads about the atmosphere it creates.

By the time we wash up on the beaches of ‘Upstairs Box’ we’re too far in to turn back so we might as well pour ourselves a drink and slide down on the leather couch in between Josh Homme and Marc Bolan. There’s a drop in pace for ‘Afterglow’ which gets acoustic on our asses before expanding and exploring like Bowie used to do so well in his creative prime. ‘Breathlessness’ is a more straight-up indie romp, albeit with a dark and mischievous underbelly while ‘That’ll Be The Day’ is not a Buddy Holly cover but is, in fact, a slow burning and mildly industrial tune that shows off frontman Ruben Block’s stylish vocal perfectly.

Triggerfinger - Belgians, naturally
The superbly titled ‘Bring Me Back A Live Wild One’ starts like a Lynyrd Skynyrd tune but with more breathless desperation in those vocals and that T-Rex influence still up front and centre. ‘Steady Me’ is a drunken meandering song that seems to be the bastard child of the Sgt Pepper’s sessions but leads perfectly in to closing track, ‘Wollensak Walk’. This final tune sums up Triggerfinger perfectly for me as it has a cowboy swagger to it but this is not all conquering hero we’re hearing, this is the anti-hero who might save the day but his motivation is money and women rather than truth, justice and what’s left of the American way (particularly the semi-hidden line dancing anthem). A really interesting, multi-layered and challenging album that also has the wherewithal to be instantly gratifying at the same time. Not an easy trick to pull off.

Live Dates:

4th October – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
5th October – The Key Club, Leeds
7th October – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
8th October – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
9th October – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
10th October – 100 Club, London
17th October – Jazzhaus, Freiburg
18th October – Mascotte, Zurich
19th October – Kaserne, Basel
22nd October – Dornbirn Conrad Sohm, Donbirn
23rd October – Ampere/Muffatwerk, Munchen
25th October – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
26th October – U Bazyla, Poznan
27th October – Klub Pralnia, Wroclaw
28th October – Klub Proxima, Warsaw
6th November – A38, Budapest
7th November – Flex, Vienna
9th November – MMC, Bratislava
13th November – ZOOM, Frankfurt
14th November – Werk 2, Leipzig
16th November – Gleis 22, Munster
17th November – Molotow, Hamburg
18th November – Helldorardo, Eindhoven
22nd November – Universum, Stuttgart
23rd November – Gebaude 9, Cologne
25th November – Elysee Montmartre, Paris
28th November – John Dee, Oslo
29th November – Trashpop, Kristiansand
30th November – Tou Scene, Stavanger
1st December – Hovlerie, Haugesund
2nd December – Garage, Bergen
7th December – Melkweg Max, Amsterdam
8th December – Melkweg, Amsterdam
9th December – Melkweg, Amsterdam
13th December – den Atelier, Luxembourg City
14th December – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
15th December – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels

16th December – Aeronef, Lille