Meet The Traps, the Birmingham based foursome made up of Jamie Berry, Nick Berry, James Minhas and Daniel Webb. With a steely DIY determination, The Traps have been doing everything themselves and doing it well since 2011.
Through this unity and self-sufficiency, they produce alt-pop sounds that are muscular, throbbing and intelligent, often dominated by Jamie’s low-pitch vocals and – occasionally – the brassy sounds of a trumpet.
This is what you can expect on their double AA-side single set for release by Fandango, March 17th. The metaphorical A-side, ‘My Grip’ is from the ‘Calypso’ album and is their finest moment yet, a great big impassioned blend of New Order synthetics and towering Scott Walker-esque vocals. The non-physical AA-side meanwhile is a brand new track called ‘Imposter’, which is grand and twanging and impeccably imposing. The new video to accompany ‘Imposer’ illustrates a hazy journey through The Traps creative process.
“‘Imposter’ was the first song we wrote after ‘Calypso’,” explains singer Jamie. “It immediately felt like it was holding the hand of the first record, whilst pulling it towards the light of something slightly new and exciting. The music had a brooding feel to it, which for some reason conjured images of a secretive character that became the subject. The ‘an imposter keeps his hand quiet’ line had been running around my head for another piece of writing I was doing and when working on this song it kept popping back into my head, so I gave into it and it became the name and subject of the song.”
Watch the new video and listen to The Traps other songs on Soundcloud here.
Words: Brooke McCord