SLUG Magazine Album Review (2015)
Triggers & Slips
Buffalo vs. Train
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
Salt lake magazine small Lake City Concerts (2019)
Up until he was 23 years old, Morgan Snow’s sole ambition was to become a professional baseball player. But after playing college ball in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and after several attempts with pro-MLB tryouts, he decided to let go of his big-league dreams. Soon after this life-altering choice, Morgan bounced around a bit and found himself working the door at a dueling piano bar. A friend and co-worker started teaching Morgan how to play guitar. Adjusting to life without baseball, music became his new outlet, “I started to practice guitar for hours a day and getting lessons every night after the bar shift.” In 2005, Morgan’s guitar guru was killed in Iraq. Years later, one of the Triggers & Slips first songs “Old Friends,” was inspired by this friendship that gave Morgan a new purpose and direction.
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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."