Tripwires is a band from Reading, UK that has been rocking venues with its reverberating, shoegaze grunge for the past six years. Though there are a handful of bands out there with a similar tag line, Tripwires are somewhat of an anomaly. Though the band was conceived in 2007, they have yet to release their debut album, which has been in the works for the past six years. To put that into perspective, Tripwires has been writing and recording this forthcoming album since the announcement of the 1st generation iPhone. Though this seems like centuries ago, Tripwires have taken the time to carefully hone their sound and will release their long-awaited record, Spacehopper, on June 18th via Frenchkiss Records.
Let’s look back in time a little, shall we? The town in which longtime friends (frontman, Rhys Edwards; guitarist, Joe Stone; bassist, Ben White; and drummer, Sam Pilsbury) grew up was placid and quaint. However, though the town may not seem enchanting by any means, the four friends found a musical refuge in it and took their time to pen this upcoming record. They claim that the sound of Spacehopper is influenced by a wide scope of artists including Neil Young, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, and Talk Talk. Nevertheless, between all these sonic layers of inspiration, they found their own voice.
It’s evident that the members of Tripwires are closely-knit. Maybe it’s that they’ve successfully collaborated together on creating a record for over half a decade, or maybe it’s the fact that they used to cover Slipknot songs together during their lunch breaks in grade school. These guys have grown up and matured with each other not only in their personal lives, but musically as well. The strong relationships that exist between them have helped them craft their own, diverse sound that is sure to be well worth the wait.