Canadian band SuckerTrap offer up an exciting heavy rock’n’roll sound laced with punky energy that will “sink its teeth into you and won’t let go.”
The band took shape when guitarist Pinto Stiletto (which is a great, we’re guessing not real, name) had left a previous project and was getting ready to record some new tracks as a solo effort. He soon met drummer C.E Clair, then they discovered singer Mr. Smith, which we’re kinda assuming also isn’t a real name as she doesn’t sound like a Mr. Smith.
The band released debut EP No One Left To Blame in April, from which they sent us opening track Apocalypse Now. It opens up with the trademark sound of low-flying helicopters, then some lively drums and drawn-out guitars. That drops into Mr. Smith’s engaging vocals then chugging punky guitars under cries of “A-O, blow shit up!” Another verse feeds into a big catchy chorus of “Floating down the river, Watching boots on the ground, The end is getting nearer, Apocalypse Now!”
It’s big and raucous with lively riffs supporting catchy vocals, and dark lyrics inspired by the famous movie. Check it out below:
The EP is packed with equally boisterous punk-fuelled rock, including lively second track Degeneration. It opens up with a funky bassline and cymbals with bursts of guitar before dropping into spoken vocals. The vocals intensify with a cry of “Run, Run away, All the way from London, To live on an animal farm in Scotland, Oink oink.” And it ends on a cool solo over the occasional cry of “Oink oink” and “You fucking pig.” Give it a listen below:
Equally good is the intriguing SexBot, which opens up with stabbing guitars then Mr. Smith’s catchy vocals feed into increasingly ‘excited’ cries of “SexBot.” That drops into a second verse of “I was looking through the lens of my projection, Searching for a love that’s not for two, I was busy trying to seek my own affection, Your circuits so hot! Gonna blow my fuse, I was smitten by your rubber skin Perfection, I’m morphing into an antisocial animal.” More cries of “SexBot” over funky little guitar licks are answered by the SexBot, then a cheeky little guitar solo. Give it a listen here:
We had a chat with Pinto to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are SuckerTrap?
PS: “We’re from Kamloops and East Vancouver B.C Canada. SuckerTrap is my latest project, some of my previous bands were Crystal Pistol, Bonitos, Wett Stilettos and The Randy Rampage band.
“With this project, we’ve managed to gather up a hell of a team. I had just disbanded my previous band Wett Stilettos and decided to go into the studio (house of Payne Studios) and just start laying tracks down solo. Adam Payne, the co producer and sound engineer, hooked me up with C.E Clair on drums. I was playing all the other instruments on the recording so all we needed now was a singer. We auditioned a few but nothing felt quite right.
“One night we headed to the local bar and ran into a good friend of ours and an excellent singer, Mr. Smith. I played one of the tracks for her and she agreed to come and give it a shot. We were thrilled as she just killed it effortlessly.”
GR: You sent us Apocalypse Now. What should people be expecting from the song?
PS: “The horror, the horror! I love movies and one night I just felt inspired to write a song about the classic film. I find this movie to be relevant no matter how old it gets. Thematically it seemed appropriate with the current state of affairs.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
PS: “The answer is always Rock and Roll but that is too vague. If we were to get more specific Hard Rock with a bit of a darker twist and lots of 80’s influences.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
PS: “It’s almost like a disease. I find myself constantly haunted by riffs and ideas that torture me until I get them out. It seems the only way to exorcise the muses is to write them down, record them and set them free.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
PS: “There are many but for me the first one and the strongest one is Black Sabbath. But of course we take influence from many more of different genres, All the way from Bauhaus to Conway Twitty, Killing Joke to Judas Priest, Pixies, Duran Duran, P.J Harvey, The Cramps, The Cure to Kris Kristofferson… I could go on… there are so many.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2020?
PS: “With the ongoing pandemic we are going to stick to recording more and maintaining a strong on line presence, try and reach as many music lovers as we can. Once live shows start picking up we will be looking into gigging and taking the show on the road.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
PS: “Yes. There’s good news if you like it, because there’s plenty more coming. We’re just getting warmed up. Also we will be featuring various special guest artists on upcoming tunes.”