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Album Review

The tenth studio long-player from the mercurial L.A. punk legends, Trigger Complex is a muscular and melodic, hook-driven romp through the band's myriad guises that strikes the perfect balance between convivial, nostalgic, and apoplectic. Opener "Give Me More" sets a familiar tone, splitting the difference, sonically at least, between vintage west coast punk and sunset strip sleaze, while no less propulsive and earworm-worthy offerings like "Sometimes" and "Satellites" suggest a predisposition toward Prison Bound-era Social Distortion-inspired heartland rock. Like their closest U.K. counterparts the Damned, T.S.O.L. have spent their careers marching to the beats of many drummers — in this case, it's new man behind the kit Chip Hanna leading the way — and founders Ron Emory (guitar), Mike Roche (bass), and Jack Grisham (vocals) seem more than content keeping up with their long streak of pop culture non-compliance. They vamp it up on the bawdy "Don't You Want Me," tear it up on the propulsive "Right Side," and even dial it back on the heartfelt, strings-laden "Nothing Ever Lasts," but the constant shifts in tone never feel inauthentic — the whole ride feels like an amalgam of early-'80s Damned, the Cult, Against Me!, and the Killers. Trigger Complex is a late-career gem that's both resonant and a s**t-ton of fun, and its lack of any sort of agenda is its greatest strength.

Customer Reviews

True Sounds of Liberty

True Sons of Liberty rocking the house again.
Ever evolving- that's the point, right.
Killer album.

I Loved The Joykiller....

....And this to me sounds like the progression that band would have taken, and Not necessarily TSOL. Now, I Like This Album A Lot!
Its Musicians growing and taking chances, and doing what they need to do musically, and thats a Good Thing! The songs are well crafted, the keys add a nice touch(ala Joykiller), and Jack's singing sounds better than ever. Simply put, this is a fun well made album, by a band thats been unfairly pigeon holed more than twice in its 35 plus years. It's going to bum out a lot of Old Punks, so that makes me like it even more. Good Stuff TSOL.




Formed: 1978 in Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the early years of Los Angeles punk, one of the premiere hardcore bands was T.S.O.L., which stood for True Sounds of Liberty. Offering poppier music than many of their contemporaries and featuring an image that appealed to punks who wanted to dive deeper into the gothic subgenre already being offered by many British punk bands, T.S.O.L. became hugely popular on the local scene but never translated that success to national exposure because of their ever-shifting lineup and sound. Formed in 1978...
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