London-based, indie-pop quartet Bare Traps recently released their latest single ‘All In You‘ which is a sparkling, upbeat number with a sound very reminiscent of summer.
We caught up with the band regarding their latest single ‘All In You‘, the future and a what turned out to be a somewhat accidental x-rated stay in Brighton! Read on to find out more…
We’re four young men from various parts of England that all used to work for a specialised jewellery courier company. We became friends when we were given the particularly difficult job of delivering a ring to a volcano. It was a right fucking faff! Or was that Lord of the Rings? Anyway, after that was done we were at a bit of a loose end, so we started writing indie-pop songs!
Your latest single ‘All In You’ alongside its b-side ‘Waiting Outside’ feels quite like a two part story regarding the beginning and maturer stages of a relationship. When starting to write the tracks, did you immediately have the story you wanted to tell in mind, or did this come later?
The release came together quite organically in terms of the story arc. Waiting Outside, the B-side was actually written first and we had that earmarked as a single in its own right. All In You was written in no more than an hour some months later, and we were so excited about it that we just had to get it out there in the world. That’s why we decided to make it the single. We still wanted to put Waiting Outside though, and when we realised that together the two tracks seem to tell a story, then it was perfect.
You’ve got a few gigs coming up this month, but what has been the strangest gig you’ve ever played and what happened?
Okay, if there are kids in the room then you might want to ask them to leave for this one (ed-you’ve been warned!)…
So it wasn’t so much the gig itself that is the funny part of the story, but where we stayed that night. It was The Great Escape festival 2016. We’d left booking accommodation to the last minute and were struggling to find anywhere. We found a place that was instant book on Air BnB and just booked it without much thought. I remember reading something about the room being a former ‘film set’, but didn’t think anything of it at the time… So anyway, we got there and it turned out to be a former porn movie set! However, now it’s a fully fledged sex dungeon complete with a big bowl of condoms and lube, dressing up gear, and a spanking paddle which we spent a good ten minutes hitting each other with, dying with laughter. The ‘house rules’ on the door were the best part though: no water sports; no scat and if you’re going to stamp on someone get their permission first. I could go on, but I won’t!
Musically, who did you look up to when you first started the band and why?
When we first met and started making music together Foals and Friendly Fires were the bands we all loved. Influences from their sound formed the foundation of ours. The Smiths, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Bonobo are some of the acts that have helped to further develop out sound.
We’ve got a few more single releases lined up for 2017 and we’re hitting the studio in the next few weeks, so we’re really excited about that. There’s a few new production ideas we’d like to try out. We’re going to be working with our good friend Louis Skinner, who has previously worked with the likes of The Libertines. He’s a dream to work with in the studio, so we can’t wait. We’ve just been booked for this year’s The Great Escape’s Alternative Escape, so who knows, we might end up in that sex dungeon again.
In August we’re playing our Fieldview Festival in Wiltshire, which looks dope. Big fans of independent festivals! The big news for us is that we just got through to the semifinals of the New Blood Competition. If we win we get to play the Isle of Wight festival, so come and support us! The details will be on our socials.
Bare Traps are playing at Bassment Bar, Chelmsford tomorrow evening (April 14th) and are definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area!