March 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: The Traps – Boom Pow Awesome Wow

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The Traps
Boom Pow Awesome Wow
Castle Face Records
Street: 01.28
The Traps = Haunted George + The Sonics
The Traps are completely adept at expressing themselves with three chord songs and a busted-amp aesthetic. Fans of the old Sun Records artists will find themselves at home in the blues number “Get Up,” both in the lack of pretentious musical build-up and sound quality. But there is a GG Allin brand of perversion here that might repel listeners who like their rock n’ roll with a hint of cute irony, because there’s none of that. The most enjoyable moments in the album come from the vocals, which are grating and strained to the key of synaptic misfires emanating from bughouses. This is a must-have. –Jordan Deveraux
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