Gallery: Caught in a trap

It's A Trap have been familiar faces on the Suffolk music circuit since they formed in 2007.

James Marston

It's A Trap have been familiar faces on the Suffolk music circuit since they formed in 2007.

Today, as they prepare to up sticks for the bright lights of London, they chat to JAMES MARSTON about their music and hopes for the future.

It's one of the more unusual - though admittedly picturesque - rehearsal venues - a houseboat on the River Orwell.

But it doesn't stop the boys of It's A Trap from performing their particular brand of indie rock.

Formed in December 2007 the guys - Ben, Andrew and Simon - have talked about little else which isn't related to the band or music.

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Simon Wilson, 19, of Holbrook, is the band's bassist.

He said: “We all went to the same school and we had been in different bands. We're all moving to London in September where we want to build up our profile and get into the London music scene. We have gigs already booked in Hoxton and Shoreditch.”

The band has been gigging for some time with recent performances at Notting Hill carnival, Camden Barfly and Norwich Waterfront up their sleeves.

Ben Ward, the band's 18-year-old drummer, said: “Our music is melodramatic indie rock. It is energetic, we're influenced by a lot of 80s bands like The Cure and Joy Division. Music is a way of expressing yourself, it is a creative outlet.”

Simon added: “Every conversation we have is about music. It is our passion.”

Andrew Major, 18, of Chelmondiston, is the band's guitarist and vocalist.

He said: “We started off doing the Ipswich and Colchester music scene and we won a competition which gave us the opening slot for Party in the Park in Colchester in July 2008 where we played in front of 1,000 people.”

The band has also played a number of gigs outside of the area.

Ben, of Stutton, said: “There isn't a lot of our genre of music in Ipswich. London has the biggest indie scene and that is where most of our music happens.”

The band has released a number of singles, EPs and demos in their bid to appeal to a wider audience.

Their songs include:

Don't Panic

We Don't Know

These Seasons

Their inspiration comes from a variety of sources and covers eclectic subject matter.

Ben added: “Don't Panic is about the Titanic, we have written a song about a female jewel thief.

“Our music tends to tell a story.

“These Seasons is more personal about making sure we don't fall in love with someone before we have to leave.”

The band writes music together with each contributing to the writing process.

Simon added: “Ever since we have been old enough to know what we like we have had music on our lips.”

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Musical Influences

Simon: Interpol, Blur, The Smiths.

Andrew: Biffy Clyro, Kings of Leon, The Smiths.

Ben: Travis Baker, Dillinger Four, The Dandy Warhols.