Rat Trap- ‘The Western Boundary’ Review
By C.W. Ross
‘The Western Boundary’ is the debut release from the Santa Cruz, California band Rat Trap. Trying to describe the band’s sound is a little hard since they blend several different styles of music like folk and rock with an underlying post rock vibe.
While the band’s sound is driven mostly by acoustic guitar, varying styled drum parts, and mid-tone lead vocals, you’ll also find well used bass, mandolin, piano, banjo and violin parts also paving the way in the band’s songs.
Highlight tracks include:
“Animals,” that gets things rolling with its lively acoustic guitar folk rock style.
“The Old Man and His Playing Cards,” a nice folk story telling song.
“Insomnia,” along with the title track, “The Western Boundary,” are instrumental tracks that give the listener a good taste of the band’s instrumentation.
“How the Planes Flew Overhead,” is pretty much a straight up rocker that’s filled with big electric guitar and rocking drum parts.
“What We Live,” is a mid-tempo track that does a good job of bringing down the curtain on ‘The Western Boundary.’
Review takeaway: On their debut release ‘The Western Boundary,’ the band Rat Trap takes a base of folk music and adds interesting new flavors with the end result being a sound that gets your attention.
Band Website: http://rattrap.bandcamp.com