‘SPACEHOPPER’: The debut album by Tripwires due for release 23rd May 2011.

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 7 March 2011

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The Debut Album by Tripwires – 23rd May 2011

Live in March – Fri 18th UK, Manchester, Academy 3

Spacehopper – Positive Thinking – Shimmer – A Sunshine Overdose – Clusterfuck – Paint – Spring Snow – Catherine, I Feel Sick – Microphonic – Diet – Cinnamon – The Golden Age

Tripwires follow the release of a video for ‘Cinnamon’ with details of their debut album on Club AC30 Records. ‘Spacehopper’ was recorded by the band in a whirlwind nine days at Miloco Studios, London with Dan MacBean, producer of and former guitarist with Engineers at the close of 2010. A startling collection of twelve songs, it marks out the four young men from Reading as one of the most exciting bands to emerge in 2011, a fact not lost on the likes of The Fly, Clash, A New Band A Day, My Band’s Better Than Your Band and countless others who jumped on the appearance of Cinnamon to declare the band ones to watch.

The initial fervour over the band comes as no surprise to those in the know. Having made the journey from making as much noise as possible to honing more controlled soundscapes in their short time together, Tripwires are possessed of a total concept of their band, drawn from a diverse range of influences encompassing the likes of Talk Talk’s ‘Spirit Of Eden’, Brian Eno, legendary Greek Prog cult faves Aphrodites Child and Spiritualized. Thus the nine days saw the band experiment with effects across not just the guitars, which scrape the sky across the album, but all instrumentation, searching for the perfect balance of noise and melody, attack and decay, protecting the melody whilst pushing the whole to the absolute limit.

The result is an album that can swing from the summer sixties shimmer of ‘A Sunshine Overdose’ to the whoozy grind of ‘Paint’, the simple melodies and singalong shine of ‘Diet’ to the headlong rush of ‘Cinnamon’, sounding like all your heroes and heroines and none simultaneously.

is released on CD and digital download via Club AC30 Records on 23rd May.

The Single, ‘A Sunshine Overdose’ is released on 18th April on transparent yellow vinyl 7” and download.

Tripwires tour the UK with Does It Offend You Yeah through March and April including a show at Heaven on April 4th. The band also headline The Lexington on 21st April.

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