Trigger Point Premieres New Album "Giving Up The Ghost" Making-Of Footage
Los Angeles based outfit Trigger Point will release the Shaun Lopez (Far, Deftones) produced new album "Giving Up The Ghost" via THC Music/InGrooves on March 25th, 2014.
Today we bring you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the album, which can be seen in the player below.
Trigger Point previously released debut LP "A Silent Protest," produced by ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Five Finger Death Punch), on Corporate Punishment in 2003. The band found success on U.S. radio with the album and toured relentlessly for several years with 36 Crazyfists, and sharing stages with the likes of Hatebreed, Motorhead, Meshuggah, Otep, Devil Driver, and more.
Check out footage from the "Giving Up The Ghost" sessions below, and see what front man Taylor Wallace had to say about the album in our exclusive interview after the jump.
xFiruath: What’s happening on this album as far as themes and lyrics?
That is a really good question. The entire album has a theme of letting go and moving on, which is why we chose to name it “Giving Up The Ghost.” The first song we wrote was “Letters to the living” which is about me dying in a car crash and writing a letter to my mother from the grave. It got me thinking about how short life is, and how we never really know when it is going to end. That frame of mind stuck with me throughout the entire process of making the album. I wanted to treat it like it was the last album I would ever make, so I really tried to get everything out on the table and explore some fears and sadness I had about dying. The lyrical conversation ranges from topics such as society’s dependence on technology, to grasping with your own spirituality, and even insomnia. I hoped that the listener would take away a sense of relief and closure after hearing the album. I really feel you have to listen to it front to back to really take in the entire concept.
xFiruath: Fill me in on the cover art design – who handled that and what is the connection to the music?
The cover is a photograph that our guitar player Mike took. He is a very talented photographer and he did this series of photos of dead insects and animals and it immediately struck a chord with me. I feel the dead mosquito was the perfect for the cover; it’s such a powerful image that immediately brings up the idea of death and sadness but also has a beauty to it that makes it feel soft and inviting. We are using his other photographs for the rest of the album artwork as well.
xFiruath: Will Trigger Point be hitting the road to support the new album in the near future?
Currently we have no tours on the horizon. We are all working on our own projects and though we have a desire to tour, we are not going to run around in a van playing any show we can get our hands on. We did that for years and it was a lot of fun. But at this point we want to present this music in the best way that we possibly can, and that means that it would take the right tour at the right time for us to get out and play. I think it is something that will happen, but we don’t want to do anything half-assed. We are also really focused on getting over to play Europe for the first time. Hopefully we can get that set up soon.
xFiruath: Are any of the Trigger Point guys working on any other musical projects at the moment?
Oh yeah, Dave has been working hard on his band Malakai and Mike has been working for years with his other band, The Ohio Sky, as well as some solo stuff that is really cool. I have taken a break in the last few years but am looking for a new project right now, hopefully something really heavy. I have been talking with Holt from 36 Crazy Fists about possibly doing something together in that vein soon. But who knows if it will actually happen, right now it is just talk.
xFiruath: What music are you personally listening to lately and what’s coming out soon in rock/metal that you are excited about?
Dave has been listening to Twelve Foot Ninja, Bad Rabbits, and Protest The Hero lately.
Mike has been diving into a lot of Duke Ellington, Converge, and The Velvet Teen. As well as his classic stand by Neil Young.
I have been listening to the new Dillinger Escape Plan as well as the new Living Sacrifice. Karnivool and RATM is always on regular rotation in my house. I am really excited for the new Crosses stuff, Shaun Lopez produced this album and I am always a fan of what Chino does. It’s great to see them working together; the songs are great! I am also really interested to see if the new Tool album is going to surface this summer.
xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to add?
We really hope people take the time to listen to this new album; we put a lot of time and effort into it. We made the album that we wanted to hear, because we were not hearing it from other bands out there. Maybe that hurts us because we didn’t want to sound like everyone else. But at the end of the day this is the best thing I have ever made and I am glad my brothers went through the trenches with me to make it a reality.
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