Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cloud City Trap Set to Spring Forth; Ahead of Their Single Release Sunderland Band Cloud City Trap Catch Up with Sarah Jeffery

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cloud City Trap Set to Spring Forth; Ahead of Their Single Release Sunderland Band Cloud City Trap Catch Up with Sarah Jeffery

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Byline: Sarah Jeffery

ALTERNATIVE band Cloud City Trap are hoping their new single, Walking Through, will help raise their profile on the local music scene.

The four-piece, who hail from Sunderland, initially started life as an acoustic duo, with Clint Westwood providing the music and Tosh Watson on vocals, but as their sound developed the pair decided they needed to expand their line-up.

Bassist Clint said: "We were writing our own songs and doing some covers gigs in pubs to raise enough money to record our debut album. We eventually saved up enough money and recorded 10 of our songs ready to release as an album. Most of the songs were recorded by Neil Basset from Hyde & Beast fame. Prior to finishing the album we got in touch with music producer John Rivers, who engineered Ghost Town by The Specials as well as working with bands such as Ocean Colour Scene and the Housemartins. John agreed to produce some of the tracks for us and so the album Celebrity Culture was born."

The album reflected a more bold approach to writing, compared with tracks on the Cloud City Trap's debut EP The Secret Life of Peggy Fleming in 2012, as well as a change in direction for the duo. Inspired by the real lives of real people, Celebrity Culture is a collection of eclectic, meaningful songs which combine melody, attitude and emotion and one of its tracks, 6699, was played on BBC Introducing. Three other tracks were included on the Rigged and Wired compilation CD released by New York Citybased Factory Fast Records and Cloud City Trap have had lots of radio play and publicity across America due to this.

The band are grateful for their American success but are now keen to start developing a local reputation and hope their forthcoming single will help them make a name for themselves here in the North East. The new single, Walking Through, marks a turning point in the band's career as it is their first release as a four-piece. …

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