Distinct Leeds five-piece possess a bombastic confidence, paired with a rich utilisation of pop convention. The (mostly) long-haired lads have quite the knack for distinct, catchy tunes which stray away from the homogenised status-quo. Have a gander at their latest tune, ‘Fantasise!’ to get the gist, and then see them live, you unsociable sod.
Tell us about yourself…
We were born out of having the desire to find a way out of the trap of normality and everyday mundane living. We’ve always seen modern life from a slightly caricatured perspective and as a result we’ve kind of created our own world of exaggerated stories and situations that focus on intense emotional polarities, extreme distress, intense elation, states like that.
Who are your major influences and inspirations, and why?
We take influences from such a wide range of both bands and also from film soundtracks. Anything that has a cinematic or orchestral quality to it. Artists like The Divine Comedy, The Last Shadow Puppets and Jack White do this well. A lot of our music is melodically intricate with guitar lines and synth hooks weaving in and around each other to create a symbolic harmony too. That aspect comes from the love of bands such as The Smiths, Arcade Fire and The Psychedelic Furs.
Sum up the band in five words…
“Has anyone seen Trap Truant?”
Who writes your songs?
All of us! The main melody and hook will be formed by Luke on an acoustic to build the framework and skeleton. Jack and Mitch will intertwine some guitar and synth lines to elevate the ideas, and Mitchell and Nath will bring the creativity and solidarity rhythmically. It’s a state of flow that has naturally developed into something effortless and enjoyable for the five of us.
What are the main themes or topics for your songs?
It’s all about escapism. a lot of what we do has a grand cinematic quality to it which results in a marriage of heightened dramatic experience with the dull day-to-day drag.
Who is your favourite unsigned band at the moment and why?
There are a few gems at the minute. We saw met a band called The Mothers Earth Experiment during a club night we played with Manchester darlings Crimsons. They were a prog/psychedelic act and they blew us away, really clever stuff. Other Yorkshire acts Dead Naked Hippies and Fling are churning out consistent quality at the minute. Marsicans and Clay are good friends of ours making big strides.
What’s in your CD player right now, or last song you streamed?
Nick Cave – ‘Lovely Creatures’.
What are you like live?
One review by Will Wolstenholme at Bitter Sweet Symphonies described us as ‘a travelling circus with sound crystal ball delights, as they fuse grit into pop, uncertainly disguised as a Dickens villain.’ I think that sums it up nicely…
Do you have any upcoming shows?
27.10 NEWCASTLE LITTLE BUILDINGS
28.10 SHEFFIELD CAFE TOTEM
04.11 MANCHESTER GULLIVERS
24.11 BIRMINGHAM HARE & HOUNDS
04.12 BRIGHTON HOPE & RUIN
16.12 LEEDS THE LENDING ROOM
You’re stranded on a desert island and have one album with you, what is it?
The Smiths – Meat is Murder.
What’s on the horizon, and what can we look forward to from you?
Everything that you can possibly imagine!
WEAPON OF CHOICE – Jack’s voice.
BASE – Wapentake, Kirkgate Leeds.
FOOTBALL – It’s a sensitive question…
GUILTY PLEASURE – Trap Truant Theme Tune.
HERO – Mark E Smith.
VILLAIN – There’s a cartoon we love and there’s this character called Trap Truant, nasty piece o work…
BEST COMEDY SHOW – Alan Partridge
THREADS – Charity shop or second hand vintage because we’re so against the grain…
TROTTERS – Jeffery West
AT THE BAR – Anything!
GIG YOU WISHED YOU’D BEEN AT – Queen Is Dead (The Smiths) tour, Brixton Academy 1986.
NIGHT OUT WITH ANYONE – Shane Macgowan
FILM – Stand By Me
SOUNDTRACK – Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time, hands down, genius.
TOP 3 TUNES OF ALL TIME – The La’s – There She Goes x3.
TOP OF THE POPS – Lots of artists don’t get the recognition they deserve. Long live The Maccabees. Easily should’ve been headlining major festivals.
THREE WORDS – “Where is Trap?”