Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Easy Trigger - "Ways Of Perseverance"

Street Symphonies Records

As the band AC/DC famously put it, "It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll". As a case in point, Easy Trigger, which was born in 2009 and originally started out with the intention of playing rock covers, has slugged it out from the get go and had more line-up changes than one could possibly imagine! Now joined by drummer Fabio "Pane" Ferrari (ex-Raw Power) and a fucking slick new lead singer who almost sounds like a young and inspired Axl Rose on a punk rock binge (Nico), Italy's Easy Trigger flat-out rocks and roars it's way back into the spotlight with this new 10-track release! It's out now on Street Symphonies Records and pretty much available wherever fine digital music like this is sold. Opening by way of the sample-filled "My Darkness", "Ways Of Perseverance" is a some-what sleazy hard rock/heavy metal recording that is overflowing with the same kind of attitude as "Appetite for Destruction"! In a lot of ways this 36 minute recording feels like the bastard offspring of G N' R's full-length debut and their covers album, "The Spaghetti Incident?". Or at least that's the vibe. OK., and maybe a small part of this band's influences. Along with G N' R and band's like Skid Row, Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns, Mötley Crüe, and Hanoi Rocks, the music of the Italian band Easy Trigger (which incidentally also features guitarist Caste and bass player Vale) likely draws from older punk bands like the U.K. Subs, The Damned, Chelsea, Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Jam, and 999. And then you have the heavy metal influences. The riffs don't lie as this is certainly a four-piece band that has grown up on classic metal. Admittedly I cannot pinpoint the exact points of reference, but along with some nice modern hard rock touches this is one album with a nasty bite!  Interesting enough, Easy Trigger also lists Rancid as a influence. While I might not hear a lot of Tim Armstrong's' band (which I happen to love!) I did pick notice the similarities vibe-wise. If anything the album "Ways Of Perseverance" has that same kind of strikingly honest and real approach as Rancid's releases do. You can almost feel the heat that this four-piece generated while recording this disc and you can easily pick up on the sweat and blood* (along with the cold beer!) spilled during the sessions for the group's second album. Ultimately what you get with Easy Trigger's new album is a hard & heavy platter with a decidedly wild and reckless edge and just the right amount of sleaze to please the pallet. Granted I only have this album to go by, but if Easy Trigger can hang on to this particular line-up and get the proper push in the right direction....well, we could be looking at Italy's next big hard rock band. There's something really special going on here and I simply cannot wait to find out what comes next! .

*Based up on how much the guitarist, bassist and drummer ROCKED out on this album I can imagine sore and blending fingers were a common, everyday occurrence!

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