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Motion Trap makes sonic exploration music. An escalating interplay between electronic-tinged riffs and rhythmic muscle leads to a state of wonder, or maybe wander. Dreamy, but not hazy, more like the feeling of being in the moment and letting it all wash over you. All while the beat forever propels you forward.
On the surface, the four piece creates creates music that can easily fill a dance floor. Motion Trap has logged plenty of shows that attest to this, including a recent gig opening for Rusko. Digging deeper, though, and it’s clear they're dedicated to the craft of their songs. Vocal snippets layered into the mix entice the listener to decipher the song’s meaning. Forgoing the instant gratification of many electronic artists, Motion Trap favor steady builds and repeat listens.
Motion Trap is currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album. For listeners familiar with the band, the new sounds are not so much a departure, but a refinement; the sound of a band coming into their own. For new listeners, it’s easy to hear the instant appeal of songs like “120" and “Fresh Start”, the aptly named lead single. The band’s dedication to live instrumentation in studio and in concert has resulted in tight grooves and a wide palette. This is especially apparent in the band's rhythm section, anchored by bassist Kyle Williams and drummer Sean Conlin. “Our music usually starts with a beat I create, then Nathan [Rogers] and Anthony [Chelewski], our guitarists, write the melodies,” says Williams. “Then we bring it to Sean and work together to make it interesting, playing with the rhythm and tempo.”
Motion Trap has solidified their sound and built momentum toward the 2014 release of their first full length. They recently earned slots at the Arise Music Festival in Loveland, Colorado, as well as The Underground Music Showcase in Denver, Colorado, a testament to their fervent and growing fan base. The festival promises to be the first of many for a band that have set their sights high, and It’s clear listeners are already taking notice.