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SLUG Magazine Review of album Buffalo vs. Train (2015)

SLUG Magazine Review of album Buffalo vs. Train (2015)

SLUG Magazine Album Review (2015)

Triggers & Slips
Buffalo vs. Train
Self-Released
Street: 04.18
Triggers & Slips = The Felice Brothers + Trampled By Turtles

Buffalo vs. Train is a collaborative effort between Kate MacLeod, Michelle Moonshine and Duncan Phillips, and Salt Lake locals Triggers & Slips’ Morgan Snow and John Davis. Contrary to Triggers & Slips’ 2012 EP, Buffalo vs. Train is both twangy and haunting. With a slower tempo and emphasis on the violin, it’s more country-folk than country-rock, like their previous self-titled EP. This album is a mostly gentle acoustic listen with a lyrically sentimental touch, though certainly not lacking in devout energy. On the track “The Modern Age,” the lyrics say, “Looking for something that will remain.” It’s true that art lives forever— Buffalo vs. Train is a piece of beautifully compiled art that will truly, always remain in the modern age. –Lizz Corrigan

SLUG Magazine Review of Morgan Snow opening for Richard Thompson at The State Room in Salt Lake City, UT (2015)

SLUG Magazine Review of Morgan Snow opening for Richard Thompson at The State Room in Salt Lake City, UT (2015)

SLUG Magazine review of Morgan SNow opening for Richard Thompson (2015)

I’ll never understand how Richard Thompson isn’t a household name. From his folk rock work in the 1960s with the Fairport Convention to his dozens of acoustic and electric solo records in the years since, Thompson has been a driving force in guitar-based rock for his entire career—and he’s managed to do it all without borrowing from American blues guitarists like many of his UK contemporaries did (*cough* Clapton *cough*). Being somewhat unknown to the general public didn’t seem to affect the crowd at the State Room at all, as Thompson and local opener Morgan Snow performed to a sold out audience.

Snow started the evening off with a half-hour acoustic set. When he’s not performing solo, he is part of local country-rock band Triggers and Slips. A few of his band’s songs worked their way into his set. He also did some solo songs, one about curse words and another that referenced his great grandfather and early Mormon apostle Erastus Snow. He also laid out a gorgeous cover of the Utah Phillips ballad “If I Could Be The Rain.” His slightly nasally voice was a little more country and Western than many in the crowd were expecting, but in all, Snow served well as a warm up act.

The Cast of Buffalo vs. Train album. (from left Kate MacLeod, Morgan Snow, John Davis, Michelle Moonshine).

The Cast of Buffalo vs. Train album. (from left Kate MacLeod, Morgan Snow, John Davis, Michelle Moonshine).

City Weekly article (2015)

"Triggers and Slips ride the rails between music's past and present."

"They drew on time-tested musical styles to create Buffalo vs. Train, yet the record is still largely about what it means to be present, exploring a crossroads where old meets new."

"Buffalo vs. Train was recorded live—songs were often captured in only one take—in a studio Morgan and Davis made to look and feel like a living room. It's easy to hear the chemistry and camaraderie between Triggers & Slips and their guests. Intimate and inviting, the acoustic-driven Buffalo vs. Train provides an overview of Utah's musical past and present. It's also a snapshot of the magic that transpires when a group of modern musicians pay homage to their roots."