Released: 1st May 2011
Genre: Alternative Indie
Label: Self released
TL;DR: Delightful. 7/10
The Pear Traps are an up-and-coming band from Chicago which offers a mixture of low-fi rock with a blanket of reverb-heavy vocals and a feel good atmosphere. This EP is their first release in 2011, and follows on from the release of their debut, Basement Fidelity.
The EP boasts a strong set of solid tunes that have the listener wondering and enjoying at the same time. It contains a sense of innocence but has enough to hold its own. Every now and then a sound will stand out to the listener that hasn’t been heard in previous listens, which makes this EP sound fresh and exciting every time. It’s a nice relaxing listen, as everything is on display, allowing the listener to kick back and just breathe it in.
We begin with single Come Home (which is offered as a free download, here) and it starts with an intro that has a certain quality to it that made Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag, Weezer’s Blue Album, and Dinosaur Jr.’s Freak Scene rated as a ‘nice guy finished last’ song. It just has that certain untouched personality to it that sounds so sweet and lovely against the silkiness of The Pear Traps’ sound.
Infact, this entire EP bares a quality to it that brings out a motherly side even out of me (and I hate everyone) it just sounds so sweet that I just wanna hug it and protect it from all the bad things going on in the world right now. If you ever listened to and liked Timber Tambre’s album Creep On Creepin’ On, or the new Crystal Stilts record, then you will definitely like this.