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Tell us a bit about yourself? In descending order of beardedness, Bare Traps are: Luke - guitar and delinquency, Sam - vocals and smoulder, Liam - bass and beer, then last and by all means least bearded, Scott - drums, token Essex blonde. In our current incarnation, we've been making music together for one year. Bare Traps has been knocking around a little bit longer than that, but with two other waste-men that quit the band last year. We mean 'waste-men' in the most affectionate way possible. Now we have two new waste-men. Our sound is a mash-up of influences from cool indie shit, like: The Smiths, Bloc Party, Foals; with funky stuff like: Prince, Friendly Fires, Chic; electronic stuff such as: SBTRKT, James Blake, Bonobo; and more obscure math-rock, like: The Fall Of Troy, And So I Watch You From Afar, and Tubelord.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? If sunshine made a sound it would sound like Bare Traps. So sunshine sounds like indie-pop, basically. Maybe. We make sunshine-drenched angular grooves. Definitely.
What’s your back-story? In a desperate attempt to avoid ‘real work’ – and in one individual’s case, to avoid capture – the four members of Bare Traps dragged their sorry arses to university from various parts of England. Not deemed ‘hip’ enough to live in any of the cool parts of London, they were resigned to Harrow - officially the fourth most depressing place to live in the UK according to a recent survey. They were brought together through a mutual appreciation of tea and disco biscuits. At the end of 2016 they made the joint decision to become rock stars and have been living that delusion ever since. Bare Traps are unabashedly out to make pop music catchier than the clap and are hell-bent on infecting everybody.
What are you working on at the moment? Currently in the studio working on a string of singles set for release in the coming months, with our first UK tour planned for around May 2018.