Trixter - 'Human Era'
Peter Loran– lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Steve Brown– lead guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
P. J. Farley– bass guitar, backing vocals
Mark "Gus" Scott– drums, percussion, backing vocals
1.) "Rockin' to the Edge of the Night" - This intro opens with Mark playing a snare and tom-tom pattern underneath the rhythm guitar riffs. After the first two riffs there was a rhythm guitar change. Connecting the musical intro with the musical verse there was a vocal accent. The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change. If you were a fan of Trixer's self-titled release in 1990 then there will be no doubt who this is. The lyrical verse had a huge hook attached to it. Connecting the fifth and seventh lyric lines of the lyrical verse there was a backing vocal. There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus. The way the band arranged the the backing vocals of the chorus was very similar to the way 38. Special arranged many of their backing vocals in the early eighties. After the second chorus there was a couple lead vocal accents that lead to the lead guitar solo. After the solo there was a breakdown section. The breakdown section consisted of a lead vocal accent over the top of a bass line and hi-hat pattern.
2.) "Crash That Party" - Before the main intro this track opens with Nark playing a few snare cracks along with a couple of bass drum kicks. After the opening snare and bass drum kick the rhythm guitar kicks-in. With a classic hard rock sound to the rhythm guitar the musical intro consisted of a nice hard rock sound to it. Over the top of the intro section there was a couple lead vocal accents. There was a very simple rhythm change for the musical verse. The way the band arranged the rhythm guitar and lyric lines of the verse reminded me a lot of early Skid Row. In between the lyric lines of the pre-chorus there was two backing vocals. There was a single lyric line without musical connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus arrangement. The choruses of the song were very simple. After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to the third chorus. Though the song did not have a solo. The way the song was arranged it could have used one.
3.) "Not Like All the Rest" - This track opens with a snare/tom-tom fill. The main musical intro consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements one atop of the other. Over the top of the musical arrangement there was a couple of lead vocal accents. There as a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse both guitarist switch and play to same rhythm for this section of the song. There was a musical change for the musical chorus. One of the things that gave the chorus it's hook was the drum line change. After the second chorus there were a couple lead guitar licks leading into the musical breakdown.
4.) "For You" - This track opens with a drum rhythm before going into the main intro section. The rhythm guitar arrangement opens with a pick-slide. The rhythm guitar riff over the top of this intro had a very heavily influenced eighties sound to it. Over the top of the rhythm guitar there was a vocal accent. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The way the band arranged the rhythm guitar riffs aloud the drum and bass line to bleed through. The band used the basic rhythm guitar arrangement for the pre-chorus as the one for the intro. The choruses were short however, effective. The band repeated the rhythm guitar of the intro to connect the musical chorus with the second verse. Underneath the second verse there was a couple lead guitar licks. After the second chorus there was a blistering lead guitar solo section.
5.) "Every Second Counts" - This track was a fairly simple semi-ballad.
Trixter was formed in 1983 by Paramus, New Jersey natives Steve Brown, and Pete Loran. In 1990 the band released their freshman self-titled release. The release spawn two hits titled, "Give It To Me Good" and "Surrender". Going by just these two releases I actually thought the band was going to be the next Warrant. However, back then that sometimes wasn't how the music bCD siness worked. Though the band never really spit up they did however take a hiatus between1999 and 2007.
In 2012, the band signed with the Italian label Frontiers Records and released "New Audio Machine". Though "New Audio.." was proof the band was on the right track it is no comparison to "Human Era"! "Human Era" is the best CD the band has released to date! I already can't wait for the next one. If you are a fan f hard rock this release is an absolute must buy!!!