by Mely Duong
Trigger Hippy, an all American rock and roll band originating back in 2009, is the brainchild of Nick Govrik and Steve Gorman who are the bassist and drummer respectively. The name itself is actually a play off of words on the term “trigger happy.” Clever. For years, the two had talked about forming a band outside of the Black Crowes. This was able to come to full fruition once Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene joined on vocals and Tom Bukovac as a guitarist rounding out the lineup in 2012. This most recent lineup has been the most cohesive due to the trenchant dedication of all to creating and playing original music for fans. With this common mindset and commitment, the band set forth to record and move forward for real.
It is obvious that the expertise of all the members serve to be a great strength in terms of the writing and musicianship, but interestingly enough the band perceives no musical weaknesses. Perhaps this is the confidence necessary that attributes to their widespread success in addition to the diversity of their songs. “Every song has a different story. Any good idea is pursued and considered. It can be a melody or a turn of phrase. Everybody contributes ideas openly. The songs find their path. It’s drama free.”
This equal distribution of control over song construction allows any given song to assume multiple facets and diverse meaning. This was evident in their first EP released in November 2013, but has been perfected by now and is proudly displayed in their self titled debut album to be released this September 30th. The four songs from the EP are included in this eleven track full length and actually serve as the appetizer to wet our whiskers. The album is much more hearty and satisfying with no main theme and only great tunes dished out by a great band.
The lyrics and songs are influenced by life and various artists as per the usual. However, the interesting part is that the band refuses to describe their sound as they believe it remains the responsibility of the audience to interpret and describe the music during their own unique and personal auditory experience. Trigger Hippy’s job is merely just to provide quality music.
The band will tour throughout the fall and well into the next year, so catch them at the Ardmore Music Hall on August 16th. They will continue to write and record all the while welcoming as many folks to the Trigger Hippy bandwagon as possible. To learn more about the band visit their website http://triggerhippy.net.