New Chants. In an era when so many other bands are content to drag a contact high from the ancient inspirations of musicians from earlier decades and generations, this local trio stubbornly continue to create arty new sounds that are bold and unexpected. Traps PS’ short, jagged noise-funk and post-punk collisions have antecedents in such groups as Gang of Four, as well as two of the co-billed performers tonight: local art-punk trio 100 Flowers, who are sometimes better known as their earlier minimalist hardcore incarnation Urinals, and former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt. But Traps PS push even those modernist influences forward in such urgent, unsettling and compulsive grooves as “Waking Hour” and “In Decline.” “We’re a figure of speech, we’re alike,” singer-guitarist Andrew Jeffords laments in “Two Voices” against bassist Danny Miller and drummer Miles Wintner’s curt rhythms.
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