Triggerfinger's 'By The Absence Of The Sun' Deserves Wider Recognition
Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium Triggerfinger are an exciting three piece who are clearly on a mission; to spread their enthralling and exciting brand of blues/alternative rock among the masses.
I have to confess that before listening to 'By Absence Of The Sun' I had not previously heard of Triggerfinger. However, after a quick look on the internet, it is apparent that these guys are no musical slouches with chart number ones in both Belgium and the Netherlands along with supporting slots for The Rolling Stones under their collective belt. However, for reasons unknown, this band still has not made the breakthrough they deserve in the UK.
From the outset of the album you can hear a confidence and sophistication to the band's sound that allows the listener to accurately imagine the presence they cut on stage. The sound can be best compared to a contemporary mix of Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden and Led Zeppelin which they carry off with aplomb. This is a band who deliver an intoxicating mix of balls to the wall punchy rock with great hooks which you cannot help but imagine yourself shouting along to in a summertime festival field with a beer in hand.
With this latest album being recorded in the historical Sunset Sound Recording Studio in Hollywood the production values are suitably high whilst not detracting from the implicit energy and excitement that exists in each song. To try to pick out a stand out track is incredibly hard owing to the overall quality of the album. However, if I had a gun to my head and had to decide on one it would be the album opener 'Game'. It's dissonant, feedback soaked opening chords leading into a catchy guitar riff and strong chorus can't help but to enthral the listener from the outset.
If there is any musical karma in the world this will be the album which delivers the band that well deserved UK breakthrough. If not, you can always travel across to continental Europe to see one of their numerous live dates there. Who wouldn't fancy a road trip to experience that potent mix of good Belgian beer and fantastic rock tunes?
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Words by Dominic Munden