Triggerman - Learning to Lie
Record Label: 1124 Records
Release Date: May 15, 2012
The biggest problem holding back Triggerman is a very long period of inactivity. Their last release was a 7" in 1993, their last full length being released the year before. Now this isn't always a bad thing, but it's really hard to take the punk rock sound of the early 90's and bring it into 2012 since there are very few bands left that do this. The bands that still do are most likely ones that have been releasing albums consistently since their debut. That being said, this album is very good. It takes the essence of punk rock and delivers it strongly, it's just that the album would've done a lot better in '94.
This band calls themselves an Orange County hardcore band, and 'post-hardcore' is their listed genre on Facebook. However, this isn't true at all. The band has a pure punk sound, delivered with dissonant riffs and and edgy vocal delivery. Almost every guitar part and vocal melody is catchy enough to get stuck in your head, although it may take a few listens. This full length physical CD happens to come with five bonus tracks, so it's a lot to take in. If it had just remained a nine track album, it would be much easier to digest in one listen (even though the bonus track "Desolation Angel" is one of the best on the CD).
Since Triggerman writes all their songs in strictly one style, only about half the songs stand out while the other half come off as just filler. The title track is one of the best, displaying an addicting chorus melody and raw, aggressive guitar. "This Town" also stands out with another display of perfect punk songwriting, showing off a great riff and a repeating measure of 6/4 to enhance the sound and rhythm of the vocals and drums.
There are a few other tracks that are memorable, but that doesn't change the fact that a lot of them just blend together. I'd say it's a great punk album, but it was released long after the popularity of other albums like it. To match up with the likes of Pennywise and other significant punk bands today, it would have to have a lot more standout qualities that really catch attention, and Learning to Lie simply falls short. I'm not sure if another album would help them much, but I think they do have the potential of creating something great and getting somewhere, although probably not as far as popular punk bands today.