It was a one of the hottest nights of the summer. There were lots of grumpy sweaty faces coming in and out of the venue. “Come onnnn people smile!” says Mike (drummer) to them. The organizers tried their best to keep a positive outlook on everything. They were handing out free water and two dollar burritos. The place was packed by the time Trigger came on, and it was a sweaty relief when they did!
Prior to Trigger Effect’s performance, fuses kept crashing causing fans to stop, lights to turn off, and heat to rise. The Great Sabatini opened and the fans were not working at this point in time which made it a little uncomfortable for the band and the crowd. There was a moment where they could either have the fans OR the lights working. Clearly we needed the lights!
By the time Trigger came on, they got the fans working along with the lights, and things felt a little more comfortable. It was so hot inside, Sergio Da Silva (bassist) was playing his guitar in his underwear, and shirts were just coming off on stage and in the crowd. I felt like my face was melting off.
The set consisted of four songs before the power failed again leaving the room in the near dark. I loved Nick’s (vocals) interaction with the crowd. He joined the moshers and sang with them. I was standing on the far side of the venue trying to get some light to write in my notebook. The only lights in the place were some small lights on stage so it was difficult seeing what I was writing. I didn’t have anything to drink besides the free water.
The venue has beautiful graffiti art all over it and it is a nice sized place for a good small show. I was sad to only get to see Trigger Effect play a few songs due to the technical difficulties – but what I did see was kick ass. The musical technique was almost perfect. “We’ve worked out the electricity problems”, says Nick as I caught up with him a few days later.
The band has been together for 10 years and resides in N.D.G., Montreal. Members include: Nick (vocals), Pat (guitar), Jordan (guitar), Sergio (bass) and Mike (drums). Their latest album, What’s left to Eliminate was out April 30th 2013 and they just finished their tour of Canada and the U.S. at the end of June. They released a video from the album on April 22nd, 2013 of the song XI: That Vital Force and has a very dark industrial side to it.
Written by Liz Imperiale
Photography by Naomi Orccotoma