Writing a new chapter in the metal tome is Trigger Point, a Los Angeles band that sounds the way fans want metal bands to sound – face-ripping and dynamic, with vocals from frontman Taylor Wallace that sound warm enough to invite you to dinner or abrasive enough to lacerate vital organs. Alternately puncturing flesh and caressing it, the band is rounded out by Mike Bashur’s guitar, Paul Kelly’s bass and Dave Gentry’s scalpel-sharp drumming.
Like prog-metal pedagogues Dream Theater before them, Trigger Point found its nascence among students enrolled at a Los Angeles music school, and after a minor line-up change and hours of hard practicing the band was ready. Trigger Point hit the Sunset Strip with such fervor that the Whisky now hangs a photo of the band on its walls.
Despite the band’s successful L.A. residence, the members of Trigger Point decided it was best not to focus their live shows locally. "We focused away from L.A.," explains Wallace. "I’ve seen a lot of bands kill themselves trying to take over L.A." In fact, the band found it so necessary to escape the streets of Los Angeles that they actually moved away for a while, inhabiting far away places like Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
"In L.A., [the problem is] most of your audience is press or industry people, so they all have other shit to do, and don’t want to waste time anywhere." Wallace laments the difficulties of trying to gain a fan base in his hometown, and goes on to explain that as a fringe benefit of leaving home, the guys discovered some warm receptions around the nation. "Some towns are just metal towns, like Florida is just a metal state."
Every vagabond settles somewhere, and after the nomadic life Trigger Point finally found its way onto Corporate Punishment Records and under the good graces of ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader.
"We were showcasing for a producer in Jane’s Addiction’s rehearsal studio and Mader was next door, helping set up a PA system," Wallace recalls. "Over the next few days, he heard us play and kept coming over to listen. He said we sounded really good and that he’d like to produce us."
Trigger Point’s story may sound like a dream come true for many bands, but the road to success wasn’t without trial.
"We hadn’t intended to release A Silent Protest as an album," Wallace says. "We just wanted an EP, but we took our four best songs from our old stuff and our new songs and created the album. We spent six days on instruments and over a month with the vocals." And after Mader placed a call to the president of Corporate Punishment, Trigger Point officially became a CPR act.
Now, after being on the road in support of their album for nine months, the guys are hoping to birth something new. "After a small break, we’re going to hit it hard until next summer, and depending on what festivals we get onto, we’ll either stay on tour or get back into the studio to make a new record," Wallace forecasts, adding "… then world domination."
So, the constant cycle of metal continues and new acts keep the chain whole. When the popularity of aggressive music cycles and starts anew, it’s the basic, grassroots elements that make Trigger Point accessible and legitimate – that gives metal its longevity.
A Silent Protest, Trigger Point’s debut LP, is currently available. For more information, visit www.triggerpointmusic.com.