Tender Trap – interview

Indiepop group Tender Trap follow up their critically acclaimed 2009 album Dansette Dansette with Ten Songs About Girls on 10 September and lead single Step One is out this week.

We caught up with the group at Indietracks a few weeks ago, where they performed and shot the video for the single.

LTW: So, it’s been a couple of years since Dansette Dansette came out. Tell me about what’s been happening in the band since then?

Amelia (Fletcher.Vocals, guitar): We had a bit of a line-up change. Elizabeth (Morris) left because her other band (Allo Darlin’) needed more of her time. She couldn’t really do both but we’re really happy for her and it meant we got Emily, who replaced Elizabeth on guitar.

Katrina (Dixon. Drums and vocals) : We basically pinched Emily from Betty and the Werewolves.

Amelia: She’s a really fantastic replacement.

LTW: How has Emily joining the band changed the dynamic and sound?

Amelia: I think we’re slightly punkier now. A bit more punchy.

Emily (Bennett. Guitar and vocals): My playing style is probably a bit edgier. Katrina: And we’ve got more backing vocals going on now as well.

Amelia: Emily also got me into ukelele, she’s a bit of a uke fiend. Playing a uke changes the way you write songs just because its a naturally different chord progression to a guitar.

LTW: Brian O’Shaughnessy produced Ten Songs About Girls. What was it like working with him?

Amelia: It was really great to work with Brian. He really upped our game.

Katrina: He’s worked with some really great bands, like The Clientele. He made up sound more like the original idea of a girl group. We’re poppier, punchier and more confident.

Emily: It’s a bigger sound I think.

Amelia: And he taught us stuff too. After 20 years of being in a band he taught us that we should follow the drummer, so we all started to follow Katrina for the first time.

Katrina (laughing): Finally!

LTW: How long did the album take to come together and record?

Amelia: It was really quick. I think we wrote five songs in five months last summer.

Katrina: Then I got hit by a motorbike and broke my arm so couldn’t drum. That was me out of action for a while.

Amelia: So we sort of set ourselves the task of having all the songs written by the time Katrina was back.

LTW: What’s next for Tender Trap?

Amelia: Get the album out!

Emily: We’ve got a little tour coming up – just a few dates in Paris, Berlin and London.

Amelia: Then hopefully a UK tour in the autumn. That’s the next thing to sort out really.

LTW: And who have you been listening to recently? Who would you recommend?

Katrina: Michael Head and The Strands.

Amelia: September Girls.

Katrina: Twerps, they’re from Melbourne.

Emily: Sea Lions and I really love Grass Widow. I’ve been listening to them lots.

Amelia: I’ve been listening to Veronica Falls a lot recently as well.

Katrina: The second album by Leftbank, Torr.

Robert (Pursey. Bass): Joanna Gruesome, Backslash.

Amelia: Standard Fare. Actually, what time is it?

With that off Tender Trap rush to go and catch Standard Fare on the indoor stage.

The single Step One is out now and the album is released on 10 September. You can buy the music or find out about the tour on their website.

Interview by Sarah Lay. You can read more from Sarah on LTW here or follow her on Twitter.

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  1. Cheers! It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.

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