Isobel Trigger is a synth pop band from Victoria, British Columbia. Recently freaking out over their first radio airplay on a station up north, they have secured a bunch of festival gigs this summer and are well on their way to taking over that friendly country above the good ol’ U.S. of A. Check out what they have to say about doughnut holes, Craigslist, and Hot Hot Heat.
1. How did you guys start as a band?
Felicia: Brett (our guitarist) and I met in music school and we met Ariel and Kyle through online dating for bands (aka craigstlist)!Ariel: Yeah, I remember walking into some weird warehouse that was their jam space for my audition, in a really industrial area of town. It was totally sketchy but obviously worth it in the end!
2. What’s your favorite snack during band practice?
Ariel: Tim bits (that’s doughnut holes for you Americans out there) and/or sushi!
Felicia: It’s not uncommon for one of us to be late and call to take dinner orders from the others. I like sushi because it’s light and easy to sing after eating… and… well… who doesn’t like doughnuts?
3. Tell me about your upcoming EP Nocturnal. Exactly how cosmically awesome will it be?
Felicia: Well, we are aiming for astronomically awesome, as in shooting for the moon, literally (you’ll have to watch our video for Tiger Shark to get that joke). We plan on releasing a video for each song and you can expect lots of gritty synth, creative dance beats and unique vocals on top of our usual dirty guitar and funky bass.Ariel: We are very excited to birth our EP baby into the world.
4. I don’t know anything about Victoria, BC. What’s the music scene like there?
Felicia: Victoria is the beautiful capitol city of BC! Actually it’s great here and the music scene is booming! We have so many music festivals it’s hard to keep track! Rifflandia, Tall Tree Festival, Rock The Shores and many more.Ariel: It’s really amazing because the city is big enough that there are so many festivals and great events and no shortage of talent, but small enough that the music scene is really a community.
5. What has been the coolest moment of your music career so far?
Felicia: So far this year (young as it may be) has been our busiest and we’re thrilled with the momentum we’re gaining. If I had to pinpoint it to a moment, I’d have to say hearing our songs on a major radio station (The Zone 91.3) has got to be the highlight. The coolest DAY was when we found out that we were Zone Band of the Month, playing Tall Tree and the Royal Theater, all on the same day.Ariel: On that day I cried and had to be put in an isolation chamber. Then I was ready to rock.Felicia: *Some facts may be exaggerated #dramaqueen
6. Hot Hot Heat or The New Pornographers and why?
Ariel: Hot Hot Heat duh because they’re from Victoria!Felicia: Hot Hot Heat! Because they’re also from Victoria and they really know how to bring it live. Not that The New Pornographers don’t, but we’ve got a soft spot for the Heat’s quirk-rock ways and Steve Bays with his awesome fro and big energy.
7. Which pop star has had the most influence over your sound?
Felicia: Currently I would have to say our “band favorite band” is Metric. We just think they’re the coolest and even though we all have different musical influences, when it comes to picking an album to listen to on road trips together, Metric gets the winning vote.Ariel: Does Metric count as a “pop star” though? I’m going to have to go ahead and say Justin Timberlake for this one, since I think that N*Sync are the bomb, and I think that we are really in sync with each other.Felicia: *facepalm … but JT is my hero, can’t lie.