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HughShows Live @ Eide’s – Brett Zoric Interview

HughShows X Live @ Eide's is in it 6th installment! Wow time is flying. This month Brett Zoric, keyboardist and vocalist, of Triggers is featured on Hugh's flier. As we have the past two months, we interviewed the featured head so you can get to know the person behind the face. Triggers also consists of Adam Rousseau on guitar and vocals, Rich Kawood on drums and Joe Kasler on bass, keys and vocals.

Sound Scene Express: What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name? Have you changed the band's name before?

Brett Zoric: Triggers. The name comes from an Elvis Costello song called “Little Triggers” combined with a band Adam once liked named (I believe) “Clickers.” We’ve never “officially” changed it, but we’ve definitely talked about it seriously a couple of time. My favorite suggestion was Woody’s which was “The Spidermen”. A lot of times we get “The” Triggers on signs or just “Trigger” or even once “The Tiggers”.

SSE: What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your
major influences?

BZ: Indie Rock, I suppose. We all tend to gravitate towards different music. But I guess we all generally agree on The Strokes, The Beatles, Phoenix, and of course the name that is always (always) brought up with almost every review we’ve ever gotten: Seven Mary Three. Hahah. KIDDING*. I meant Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

SSE: How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

BZ: Maybe we’ve known each other for 6 or 7 years? We all were fired abruptly from our previous bands so we got together as kind of a band of rejected misfits.

SSE: Who writes your song lyrics? What is your inspiration?

BZ: Adam and Brett. It started out on the first full-length record as being a total mess. We wrote songs about the movie Ghostbusters (Louis’ Party) and this bar in Homestead (Hotel Parry). Later on the next record I think it started to evolve into being much more personal…things that we were going through in relationships or the usual. At this point, Adam likes to include some things he likes to read about (Astro-physics, Theoretical Physics) and uses it to frame his everyday experience. Those are some of my favorites, lyrically.

SSE: When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

BZ: Maybe 2007? Adam would know better. I think we all just admired one another from other bands and we musically ‘clicked’ right away. We wrote something like 5 songs in the first 5 practices or something.

SSE: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite

BZ: We’ve performed all over the country. The furthest away was probably the Viper Room in Hollywood. Our favorites are our local spots Brillobox and Howler’s in Bloomfield. I can’t speak for the others, but I generally hate playing anywhere Texas other than Austin.

SSE: What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each
week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

BZ: It depends. We used to do a solid two-day a week practice but now that we’re recording new material, we really only practice when we have a show coming up. Practices tend to be 50% work and 50% fun. We usually devolve into some sort of parody of another band for a half hour before we get back on track.

SSE: What are your day jobs? If any.

BZ: Adam and Woody (Rich Kawood) both work at CMU. Joe works for a mortgage company and I work helping to get hospital patients Medicaid and/or Social Security.

SSE: What's your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame
and fortune?

BZ: Yep. Tons of money. Haha. Nah. We just want to make records that keep evolving and live shows that people enjoy. That’s all there is to it.

SSE: How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website
with sample songs or a demo CD?

BZ: Yeah, we have a facebook page ( along with Bandcamp, Revebnation, etc. And a Youtube Channel. We have a new EP out called “What Part of Strangers Don’t You Understand?” and you can get that at one of our shows or Itunes, Etc.

SSE: How do you feel about being featured on HughShows Live @ Eide's flier?

BZ: Are you kidding?! Honored. That man has single-handedly done more for local bands than any person I know. A legend. He’s like a nice, well-adjusted Manny Theiner….and he can probably draw much better too. haha

SSE: When is your next show?

BZ: July 2 at Arsenal Lanes, July 12 at Deutchtown Music Festival

SSE: Is there any thing else you would like to add?

BZ: Thanks for the questions, very fun. See yinz soon!


HughShows is a free monthly family-friendly Pittsburgh concert series featuring:

The Hawkeyes (Blue Collar Rock & Roll) 2pm

Molly Alphabet (Country) 3pm

Triggers (Alternative Rock) 4pm

presented by The Wilderness Recording Studio

If you are attending, please consider bringing a new school supply item (listed below) for the Homeless Children's Education Fund's GEAR FOR GRADES BACKPACK DRIVE.

-Pocket Folders
-Spiral Notebooks
-Small Boxes Crayons
-Washable Markers
-Glue Sticks
-Colored Pencils
-Pencil Pouches
-Small Scissors
-Pencil Sharpeners
-Flash Drives
-Small Tissue Packs


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