TRIGGER: TO INITIATE OR PRECIPITATE (A CHAIN OF EVENTS, SCIENTIFIC REACTION, PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESS, ETC.)
SLIP: A MISTAKE IN JUDGMENT OR TO LOSE ONE’S FOOTING.
Existing somewhere between country, folk, and roots rock, Triggers & Slips have been making music blurring the lines of genre for over a decade. Breaking these rules and proverbial boundaries has resulted in a fiercely-loyal following akin to other genre-benders like Lucero and Frank Turner in their hometown of Salt Lake City.
While the music is unabashedly honky-tonk in its origins – rife with twangy electric/acoustic guitar work, and lead singer/songwriter Morgan Snow’s country drawl that belies his roots as a sixth-generation Utah native – the songs themselves subvert classic country storylines of love, loss, and substance abuse by viewing them through a gritty, real-world lens. Snow has lived every line and every phrase within.
There’s a lot of heartache in country music, and Triggers & Slips aren’t afraid to lean into those traditional themes in their songwriting. What sets them apart is their ability to find hope and resilience in their work, rather than a punchline (as so much modern country music does). It’s meant to be a light in the darkness. In fact, Snow credits his foray into songwriting and performing as the very thing that saved him from himself over a decade ago, and it remains the rock on which he leans — the band’s name itself being a reminder the constant struggles we all face as individuals.