Isobel Trigger at The Railway ClubPhotos by Randi Andreychuk
On Sunday September 6th, three great local acts graced The Railway Club stage in celebration of Victoria based band Isobel Trigger’s CD Release. Local Vancouver band City of Glass opened the evening with a refreshing performance that yet again reminds us all of the abundant talent this city has to offer. Consisting of Michael Champion, David Phu, Cole Godfrey, and Mark Ellis, the Vancouver based band has been making music since the summer of 2008. They showed off their talent for catchy and well written indie pop rock tunes with a thoroughly impressive performance.
Finally taking the stage for their formal Vancouver debut, in celebration of the release of their debut album “Island,” Isobel Trigger’s eclectic members include lead singer Felicia Harding, who also tuned in on guitar, bassist Dave Ruigrok, lead guitarist Brett Faukner, and drummer Todd Dekuyper. Vancouver singer‐songwriter K Phanie also joined them for the evening on vocals and keyboards.
With roots in Nelson, British Columbia, and based in Victoria, the group’s aesthetic sound is very reminiscent of their British Columbian upbringing, with their music treading the waters between folk rock and alternative. Lead vocalist Felicia Harding showed off an impressive vocal talent and range from the get go. Comparable to the vocal styles of Sarah Harmer, and Alanis Morissette, Harding’s vocals were a focal point of the group’s performance for the evening. Highlights included their opening song “My Love,” as well as their song “The Answer,” which featured narrative lyrics and vocal harmonies that made for a darker and spookier feel, compared to their other songs.
Energy from the group was consistent and abundant, and it was evident that the band was more than glad to be up on stage giving their best performance, which was refreshingly unaffected and original. The group ended the evening with a cover of a White Stripes/Eurythmics re-mix of ”Seven Nation Army” and “Sweet Dreams”, a daring choice which paid off, and got the crowd on their feet.
Overall, Isobel Trigger, with the help of City of Glass and Laura Smith held a memorable evening at The Railway Club in celebration of their well‐written, exciting new record. The Victoria‐based band is definitely one to watch for in the coming years. You can visit their MySpace for more info.