Tom Hamilton - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Jay Radcliffe - Drums & Backing Vocals
Little Triggers emerged from the ashes of Tom Hamilton’s teenage outfit, The 45s, who had signed a three album, $800,000 publishing deal with Primary Wave/BMG in 2014, only to see the other band members pull out under pressure from school and parents. Devastated, the 17 year old Tom accepted a place at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and kept a commitment to a two week French tour by hiring a couple of session players and stepping up to front the band.
Having befriended ex Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson when he snuck backstage at a gig in Kendal when Tom was 14, The 45s supported Wilko and his band on several occasions and Wilko joined them onstage to play Dr Feelgood classics in his hometown of Canvey Island. The 45s went on to share the stage with acts such as Elvis Costello at a festival in Belgium, tour with The Stranglers, be joined onstage by members of The Damned and support acts as diverse as Eddie & the Hot Rods, McFly and the Vamps.
Having graduated from the Liverpool Media Academy with a first class honours degree in music performance, Tom put Little Triggers together and the band rehearsed manically through early 2018 before embarking on a Spring tour. This culminated in a magical night at a festival in France with 3,000 fans going berserk, mass stage invasions and young girls and guys becoming impromptu backing dancers. The band were invited back to France for four gigs in August that year, returning to enter the recording studio to lay down their debut album. An end of year highlight was stealing the show from a Doors tribute band at a sold out O2 Academy gig in Liverpool.
2019 has seen another eight gig French tour, including playing to a 4,000 crowd at La Voix du Rock festival near Poitiers and storming a festival in Suffolk, who’s organisers labelled Little Triggers “band of the weekend.”
The debut album was released in May 2019, with the first single, So Fine, played five weeks in a row on Planet Rock Radio. The band were given a rave review in a Classic Rock magazine ‘High Hopes’ feature and the end of 2019 saw So Fine featured as one of Classic Rock’s ‘Tracks of the Year’.
Little Triggers are a formidable live force and their sound has outgrown their indie-rock beginnings, evolving into full-bodied Rock with a Punk edge. This shift resulted in a friendly parting of the ways with the rhythm guitarist and bass player. The two remaining members wished them well but clearly this left them with a predicament. After some re-evaluation they decided the show must go on! So they got into the practice room and worked really hard rearranging and tweaking their songs to see if they could make it work as a two piece.
After a ‘trial’ gig in early December it’s safe to say they can! The crowd loved it and they were reviewed as ”having the BIGGEST sound two people can make”. So they are now a two piece with Tom Hamilton on guitar and lead vocals and Jay Radcliffe on drums and backing vocals. Tom plays his guitar through three amps with one signal being lowered by an octave and fed through a bass amp, a clean signal played through a second amp providing rhythm and a third amp receiving the lead signal with accompanying effects. A UK tour has started around the release of a brand new single.