You’ve GOT to Hear This: TRAAMS – “Giddy”

Full of jagged character and lo-fi charm, TRAAMS ‘Giddy’ is the first track to be released from their Cissa EP due out next month (14th July). With a recent set at the Best Kept Secret Festival in Holland, and with Beacons Festival and End Of The Road Festival to come, the Chichester three-piece have hit 2014 with a bang, continuing the sort of form that led Drowned In Sound to call their debut record, 2013’s Grin, ‘one of the finest expression of small-town resentment that you’ll hear all year.’ Rammed with hooks and distortion revolving around the centrepiece of the band’s frustrations, it established TRAAMS as a band with exciting potential.

However, whereas tracks such as ‘Flowers’ embodied the sense of dissatisfaction and pent-up brooding which resulted from the band’s restricted environment, ‘Giddy’ is the sound of a group which have experienced their release and, without losing any of their initial vigour, is joyous in its delivery. Accompanied with a lead riff stimulating in both its immediacy as well as its accessibility, TRAAMS have developed the ability within their music to not just have fun, but to make it too. Lead singer Stu Hopkins has previously noted how ‘we like seeing people dance and having fun but we also want to be noisy and aggressive,’ and it is on ‘Giddy’ that this formula is concocted to perfection.

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Review by Ben Lynch |

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