The Lexington – March 16th

It might’ve taken TRAAMS a bit of time to really shift into fifth gear at the Lexington tonight (a feeling of tour fatigue was definitely lingering in the air) but when they did they confirmed themselves as one of the UK’s best rock acts right now. Channeling Fugazi by the way of Silver Jews, TRAAMS play hard and fast with barely a moment spared for a breather. Seriously – right from the one-two punch of ‘AnB’ and ‘Costner’, the set feels seamless, drawing from the hundred-mile-an-hour hurl of their recent album Modern Dancing which often perfectly segues one song into the next.

Modern Dancing on record is intensely enjoyable – it’s full of infectious hooks, sing-along moments that harken back to the days of yelling along to pop punk in school while simultaneously feeling far bigger and way more mature than that. Live, TRAAMS trade those pop-punk sensibilities for grittier, more intense moments, and it works. ‘Silver Lining’ sounds cathartic and heavy, and fan favourite ‘Low’ packs far more bite in guitarist Stu Hopkin’s lovable howl and technical riffs.

As ‘Head Roll’ and closer ‘Klaus’ confirm though, it’s the rhythm section that acts as the vital pistons in TRAAMS. Bassist Leigh Padley’s skills are second to none, and make Stu’s multiple cries for more bass all the more rewarding. ‘Head Roll’ is utterly hynptonising here – there are hints of Can and Television throughout – while their straight-up anthems ‘Flowers’ and ‘Succulent Thunder Anthem’ prove that no band is having as much fun with bitter anger and frustration as TRAAMS right now.

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