No Trigger - The World Is Not A Stage (Cover Artwork)

No Trigger

No Trigger: The World Is Not A StageThe World Is Not A Stage (2003)

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Long ago I recall hearing a small bit on a punknews.org review's comments section about a certain five-piece band from Massachusetts that compared them to Strike Anywhere. I checked out their mp3.com page, liked the song, but never bothered to follow up on it as time went on; you know how it is. S.

Long ago I recall hearing a small bit on a punknews.org review's comments section about a certain five-piece band from Massachusetts that compared them to Strike Anywhere. I checked out their mp3.com page, liked the song, but never bothered to follow up on it as time went on; you know how it is. Several days ago my friend Josh inquired if I wouldn't mind reviewing a demo he had lying around from a band called No Trigger. My memory clicked and I gladly obliged.

Put out just before last summer, this four-song demo EP from the New England quintet is screaming with potential. With the raw fury and melody of Strike Anywhere's Change is a Sound era, the smartest, most solemn moments of Pennywise's career, and the occasional Kid Dynamite-esque pop-oriented flavor (think "Never Met the Gooch"), No Trigger could easily take the world with their socially-conscious minds and cathartic hooks.

"Map and Compass" starts with a quiet feedback, quick drum roll, and then Tom Rheault's yell of "one planet, one chance and look what happened, the prophecies of doom are beginning to turn true." The group behind him occasionally shouts in unison, an effort only paralleled by the constant, impervious pleas to simply be aware of the ongoing world. Rising chord progressions and bass/drum combinations dominate "Domesticated," and ironically tells you to "stand up and listen to the sound." The subject matter of "Call it a Day" addresses a common issue - the nine-to-five grind - but at one point smoothly uses a rail train metaphor to present the point, only to state later "for mere pennies on the dollar, trading lives for pocket change, sit back and fill out the punch card, tell your kids to do the same" before an abrupt fade.

Only recorded Memorial Day weekend, we should expect a significant step-up in sound and style soon enough, but the aggression and execution put forth on this obscure demo shows that whatever wait it'll be will be a necessary one.

"Map and Compass"
"Call It a Day"


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Anonymous (March 28, 2006)

they rip. the new cd's sick too.

mick (rip sizzlechets)

Anonymous (May 26, 2004)

Now that the sizzlechets are no longer together, No Trigger is my favorite local band. I've seen them 3 times so far and i never get sick of them, they're a great band. Pretty good demo cd too, if only my copy didnt skip....oh well.

Anonymous (February 11, 2004)

Song lyrics are very weak but their live show.... amazing.

Anonymous (January 31, 2004)

this band has so much potential. they are on a good track. they are all good at what they do. they NEED to play more shows. they all kno how to rock and the music is sick.. 5 talented individuals, show respect. pj

Anonymous (January 23, 2004)

Sounds decent, I'll probably buy their full-length once it comes out. They are somewhat similar to Strike Anywhere, but I can't see why people think they sound identical.

Can anyone recommend some good hardcore comps with bands that sound similar to these guys, Strike Anywhere, Trial by Fire, Sick of it All, etc.?

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

this band sounds almost exactly like strike anywhere.
if they could add a bit or originality to their music, that'd be cool too. because it's not bad music, i've just heard it before.

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

i love the fireside bowl. but yeah, whatever. they were going to knock it down, and they have been talking about doing it for years, but i guess they finally gave up on that that idea becouse of a lack of money; or so im told. oi oi

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

I don't think they sound that much like Strike Anywhere. I mean, they're both melodic hardcore bands, but the similarities stop there.

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

who would wanna copy strike anywhere? yuck

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. No Trigger.

2. Does that mean "no trigger," like no, this gun doesn't have a trigger

3. Or

4. "NO TRIGGER!" Like Roy Rogers really scaredly saying NNNOOOOOOO horsey! Don't do that?

5. Trigger's stuffed.

6. I'd like to get some stuffing outta that hottie.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

Sound like Fartz.


Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

this band is SICK. just what i need in an up and coming band. i cant wait until they tour the west coast...

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

Petro, you are an idiot. Nobody cares about who you saw on your one outing to the legendary Fireside. The place isn't that great: hard to see the band, speakers are too big for a small space, and also, you can't drink while watching the bands(if you can even see them). They get good shows but I prefer other venues. Ie. Bottom Lounge.

PetroBPettson (January 17, 2004)

weren't they gonna knock Fireside down to make a parking lot for the park? Anyway, I hope not, great place. Only been there once though....for The Epoxies/Vexers/Groovie Ghoulies/Electric Eel Shock/Apers show. EES, Epoxies, and Vexers rocked fucking ass! Afterwards I even got laid!

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

This band is fucking awesome and since i saw them over 2 years ago open for Bigwig at the fireside ive been hooked to both there demos. There first one when they were a 3 piece is even better then this one in my opinion. They really need to get going and do this band full time instead of only summer tours.

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

Look up "No Trigger" in the dictionary and it will say: "See Strike Anywhere."

This is sound plagiarism.

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

This band was awesome live when I saw them last summer as well. This demo EP is really good, and they have a whole hell of a lot of potential.

boba_fett (January 16, 2004)

well i just listened to the 2 mp3's and theyre both pretty good, not as good as strike anywhere or kid dynamite, but good nonetheless. a band that should be checked out.

ilikebandssuchasopivy (January 16, 2004)


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