“Limits” is the debut EP from Yorshire, England’s Traits. They may have only formed last year, but there’s some serious pedigree on show – the band formed following the hiatus of long-touring ska-punks Random Hand and during a dormant period for melodic hardcore quartet The Human Project.
The five tracks on offer here are a side-step from the output of either of those two bands – seemingly straight up pop punk, but not as easy to pigeon-hole as you would at first expect. There are So-Cal elements on parts of the EP; “Nobody Likes A Narcissist” is more early period Lagwagon than anything else. The straight up “We’re All A Dick Sometimes” may sound like a falsetto Ataris, but juxtaposed with that is an equally strong nod to 90’s UK rock – and, in particular, local muses Terrorvision.
The feeling from the EP is Traits have chosen the ‘carefully deployed simplicity’ approach. Fourth track “Fed to Me” demonstrates this best; almost sounding like the slower output from Ten Foot Pole, no lead and minimal backing vocals leave you humming the melodies underneath yourself. The result is a synoptic record that could have come out any time in the last 20 years. The difference is – records that sound like this don’t come around too often. If you like you pop sensibilities, you can’t go wrong with this. A really promising debut.
“Limits” is out digitally in the usual places now.