BLACK SMOKE TRIGGER
Baldrick - Vocals
Charlie Wallace - Guitar
Dan Fulton - Bass
Josh Te Maro - Drums
New Zealand hard rock band Black Smoke Trigger formed in 2019, and quickly entered the studio. Their debut EP Set It Off was produced by Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Skid Row) and reached #12 on the Billboard Hard Rock Album charts. Wagener says “I loved their music from the minute we met. The songs are kick-ass”.
The combination of passion, talent and an unwavering work ethic caught the ear of Spectacle Entertainment Group’s legendary rock manager Andy Gould (Pantera, Rob Zombie, Linkin Park, Guns N’ Roses). Speaking on the band’s debut music video “It was everything I love about rock music,” said Gould. “The visuals and song were great. Digging deeper, I realised this band had crazy talent, and it was something I had to be involved with.” In 2021, BST signed with the Los Angeles based manager.
Black Smoke Trigger will be releasing their full length album debut, “Horizons” in early 2024. Produced & Mixed by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Korn) it was recorded in Nashville, TN and Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Radio edits remixed by Chris Lord-Alge. The first singles “The Way Down”, and “Perfect Torture” are out now.
"Perfect Torture" follows the release of their previous single "The Way Down", the video for which saw the band perform atop the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere whilst Wallace jumped off the edge, shredding a guitar solo whilst plummeting 630ft down, and to date has clocked up over 1 million views on YouTube.
Black Smoke Trigger continues to ride the high of their dynamic rock, anchored by the distinctive guitar work of Wallace and the commanding vocals of Baldrick combined with their pummeling rhythm section courtesy of bassist Dan Fulton and drummer Josh Te Maro. Fast becoming known for not only churning out certified 10/10, arena ready rock bangers, Black Smoke Trigger are also quickly garnering a reputation for creating jaw dropping and often death-defying music videos.
The music video for "Caught In The Undertow" was also a feat of extreme conditions. Filmed at Muriwai beach in Auckland, New Zealand and at a helicopter crash testing facility in a 3.6M deep pool, the whole band performed much of the song underwater creating a stunning visual that has clocked up 3.2 million YouTube views, highlighting the band’s dedication to creating unforgettable visual accompaniments for their hard-hitting rock anthems.
Black Smoke Trigger are led by Wallace (creator of the hugely successful online teaching academy Guitar Mastery Method) whose insane talent provides everything from delicate melodic motifs to face-melting shred solos and stadium-conquering riffs. They are fronted by incendiary vocalist Baldrick, whose impressive vocal abilities provide that indefinable, timeless rock n roll soul to the Black Smoke Trigger sound. Bassist Dan Fulton, and drummer Josh Te Maro round out the line-up, joining forces to create a powerhouse rhythmic backbone and one of the most bombastic and inventive rhythm sections of recent years.
Black Smoke Trigger will be hitting the road in 2024 to promote the release of their debut album with Filter and Bruce Dickinson.