Review – TRAPS with ‘The Lapels’ and Chris Bramley: Electrifying night of music; excites for the future of indie-rock

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Supported by Derby’s ‘The Lapels’ and local vocalist Chris Bramley, TRAPS kicked off a new era of the O2 Academy after the university venue opened its ‘The Scholar’ bar after refurbishment, and the Leicester indie outfit packed a worthy punch for the venues’ inaugural gig.

Classic rock’n’roll fun with Derby-based ‘The Lapels’

Brit-rock college-formed newcomers ‘The Lapels’ opened the night with an energetic set, showcasing their addictive rock’n’roll persona and treating the crowd with their lead single “Come and Get It”. The outfit’s lead vocalist Andy Lewis shone as a fresh take on rock vocals, comparable in youth to early Alex Turner or vocals from ‘The Libertines’, to bring a lad-ish vibe to their cool ‘rock’n’roll’ stage presence.

‘The Lapels’ opened the night with a energetic half-hour set

I’m really excited for what the future hold for ‘The Lapels’, they’re a driving, fresh and unique take on classic British rock’n’roll, whilst also playing to the popular alternative rock tropes to carve out their own fusion style that will surely be a force to reckon with.

Joined by fresh guest vocalists, Bramley excites

Next up was local vocal Chris D. Bramley, and his accompanying band – aiding by numerous guest vocalist, to bring a more classic show-style with the standard high-brow rock we’re used to from the Leicester scene. Not to say that’s a bad thing at all, Bramley’s band impressed with soaring guitar solos, and some serious fun with guest stars Lee Heir and an inspiring – and frankly beautiful – original tune from local vocalist Mason Bailey. The solid performance provided some great laughs, some cracking moments and a solid set from the band, and its guest stars.

The feat seems even more impressive considering, at least for Bailey, this was the first time on stage with Bramley’s band, and if that doesn’t show the immense talent these lads have, I’m at a loss.

Festival-worthy headliners hype and deliver

The headliners certainly knew how to build hype in their opener, with four, tall pillars of light irradiating with each beat, creating such an exciting neon-vibe, as the band opened into an exhilarating techno-infused set. Aided by bouncing reverb, lead Jamie Williams’ vocals soared across the room, as the whole stage enjoyed the funk and groove in their unique music. The band describe their music as unique, and yes, I wholeheartedly agree.

Headliner: TRAPS

The 80’s-esce synths bedding each track provides a musical atheistic Muse’s Simulation Theory could only dream of – and accompanied from bright backing vocals of new female vocalist AJ Elliot, TRAPS’ legendary set is one begging for the headline slot at festivals of liking of Reading and Leeds, and dare I say, Glastonbury. TRAPS are a through and through festival band, and their larger-than-life stage presence absolutely proves it. They’re a blast to see, and killers like “Love”, and “Call to Arms” just make you want to sway your heart out with their addictive dance-inspired indie tracks.

I distinctly remember someone saying that this night was going to be one of those “were you there?” nights, and I agree – a thrilling roster keeps me excited for the future of indie music. I highly recommend all three acts.


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