Isobel Trigger at The Railway Club

Photos 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.

Following
 City 
of
 Glass,
 Ronatron
 favorite
 Laura 
Smith
 and 
her 
band
mates 
Andrew 
Braun, 
Jeff 
Riedlinger,
 and Johnny 
Andrews, 
took
 the
 stage
 in 
support
 of Isobel
 Trigger
 with 
a 
great 
performance 
one 
would
 only 
expect 
of 
the 
North 
Vancouver
 songstress. 
Full 
of 
energy, 
supposedly 
in 
anticipation 
of 
her 
upcoming
 Canadian tour, 
which 
includes 
a 
date 
in 
Kelowna 
with 
indie 
darlings 
Immaculate 
Machine, 
Laura
 showed
 us 
yet 
again 
why 
she 
has 
a 
promising 
future 
and 
is 
a 
consistent 
favourite 
in
 the 
Vancouver
 music 
scene.

Isobel TriggerFinally 
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.