About Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel

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Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospelweaves a familiar yet undefinable tapestry, rich in wisdom and heartache. Named after an old Western novel, Trigger Gospel reflects a spirited sound that intertwines hometown country and rock & roll with a strong melodic-pop appeal. Holly Rushakoff, The Octopus

The Philippine-born Anna Fermin immigrated to the U.S. with her family at a young age and found herself growing up in Kenosha, Wisconsin where she was trained in piano, voice and violin. Moving to Chicago in 1989, Fermin added the acoustic guitar to her repertoire, penned her first song in 1994 and immediately started showcasing her songwriting at local open mics and coffee houses where her voice established itself as powerful and emotional instrument all on its own.

She can deliver a husky approximation of Dolly Parton in one breath and shift into deep soul belting in the next. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Several local musicians were impressed by Fermin’s voice and encouraged her to start a band. Inspired, Fermin did just that, adding seasoned guitarist Andon Davis (formerly of The Riptones/Bloodshot Records), Paul Bivans on drums and Michael Krayniak on stand-up bass. Her bandmates vast influences have become the right compliment to Fermin’s simple, slow shuffles and country rockers that smartly place her voice where it belongs—front and center. Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune

In the short time this Chicago-based band has been together, they’ve shared the stage with an impressive roster of musicians including Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Robbie Fulks, Delbert McClinton and many more. Appearances during Austin’s ’98 South By Southwest Music Conference, garnered the attention of pedal steel legend Lloyd Maines who signed on to produce their first full length CD, Things To Come, released in June, 1999. Engineered by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Sound Lab in Chicago (Wilco, Billy Bragg, The Mekons, Freedy Johnston), the album also features the stylings of veteran John Rice on fiddle and banjo, Grammy winning button accordionist Joel Guzman (Los Super Seven) and of course, Maines on pedal steel.

The band made their national debut on PBS television in the winter of ’98 when the song Blame Me off the band’s debut EP was featured in The Farmer’s Wife, a documentary by filmmaker David Sutherland.

Get to know Trigger Gospel’s lead vocalist.

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Get to know Trigger Gospel’s lead vocalist.

Musical Influences:
My dad, Nina Simone, Freakwater, Butch Hancock, Steve Earle, Prince, Patsy Cline, baroque music and really anything and everything around me.

First Record Bought:
The soundtrack to the motion pictureXanadu featuring Olivia Newton John and ELO.

Favorite Record:
Hmmm, just one? Sound of Lies—The Jayhawks, The Very Best of Nina Simone—Nina Simone (really anything with Nina Simone on it), Purple Rain—Prince,Feels Like the Third Time—Freakwater,Guitartown—Steve Earle, You Could Have Walked Around the World—Butch Hancock, and really too many to mention.

What’s in your CD player right now?
Essence—Lucinda Williams and Satan is Real—The Louvin Brothers.

First concert attended:
Erasure at the Riv in Chicago when I was 15.

First band you were in:
Anaboy.

Your ultimate rock moment:
Meeting and talking to Johnny Cash back stage at the House of Blues, Chicago, after opening the show for him.

Favorite Trigger Gospel gig?
Opening for Johnny Cash at the House of Blues, December 1996, Chicago. Our CD release party for Things to Come at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, IL, June 10, 1999, and our first show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC, opening for Freedy Johnston, April 28, 2000.

 

Favorite Food:
Krispy Kreme Donuts

Favorite City:
Chicago, of course.

Favorite Author:
For now, David Sedaris.

Last Book You Read:
The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Condiment:
I love the way wasabi makes my nose tingle when I’ve had too much of it.

Favorite Quote:
“Follow your bliss.”
Joseph Campbell

Non-musical Pastimes:
Scouring alleys and junk shops for hidden treasures—and baking yummy treats.

Last Movie You Saw:
Monsters Inc.  I loved this movie!

 

Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel: News

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Spring Fever! It’s rampant among us. And with the onset of longer days and rising temps Trigger Gospel welcomes the activity of the months ahead.

This April TG joins the Neo-Futurists once again in their raucous evening of music and performance of 30 Bands in 60 Minutes. That’s exactly what it sounds like. 30 Bands in 60 Minutes. You’ve got to see it (or rather, hear it) to believe it! This is an XRT sponsored show at the Metro.

TG heads back to Norway in April with shows in Oslo and Molve.

Also, Trigger Gospel continues work on their much anticipated new release. Check back here for new and exciting developments.

Trigger Gospel sadly announces the departure of their long-time guitarist Andon Davis. Davis has parted amicably with the band to pursue new horizons. He will be missed and we wish him all the best.

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There are a number of fans who have inquired about the guitar straps Anna uses. They were made by Jodi Head, an artist in NYC who makes the straps in her East Village studio. She makes a variety of very cool straps and takes custom orders as well. View her goods and some of the celebs who don Jodi Head Guitar Wear .

Make sure you check out the calendar regularly for show dates and times and we’ll see you at the show!