The sound of TRAAMS is the sound of a few friends rollicking through some tuneful post-punk numbers. Modern Dancing cuts straight into action and doesn’t let up much over the course of eleven tracks. Pristinely produced by MJ of Hookworms, this second TRAAMS record is available as CD or limited orange coloured vinyl.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 November 2015I would probably bet my house on the fact that between their previous album 'Cissa' and this new one, the members of Traams had gone to see Ought play. The first few tracks are so in awe of the Canadian band that it’s almost comical. ‘AnB’ particularly has the skewed guitars the punchy bass and the vocal eccentricities that mark Ought out from lesser new wavers and ‘Succulent Thunder Anthem’ has yelped vocals, carefully meshed dirty bass and guitars and a discordant chorus that you can sing "Beautiful Weather Today" over without it sounding out of place. It may be fairly derivative but this is still a thrilling listen at times, the band is as tight as a nut and the production by Hookworms MJ is typically dense yet natural. The album is floating along in a pleasant scree of it’s own making when the title track burst forth like a sausage on a pudding. It's Talking Heads lollop drives forward a fantastic melody - the only downside is that they don’t provide any more hooks than the ones you get in the verses so the song is content to strip itself back in lieu of a chorus leaving me feeling slightly undernourished, The same is true of ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme (Love)’ which strides forth in a tangle of Sonic Youth guitars and Warm Widow dynamics but the chorus is to damn obvious to be effective. When we listened earlier the album felt a little long yet it’s only 11 tracks. Maybe Traams are best consumed in short, sharp visceral bursts and taken in smaller chunks there's some electrifying moments here...for Ought fans (and everyone else).
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