It was back in 2010, that the enigmatic, London based, Tramplord released their debut album Buddy Holly. Critics were won over by Tramplord’s unique fusion of jangling indie pop, psychedelia and Brit Pop. No wonder. The music on Buddy Holly was anthemic, joyous and melancholy. It was also melodic and hook laden. This was why some commentators went as far as to say that Tramplord were the future of indie pop. That was a big statement. It’s also one that’s been made many times before. However, back in 2010, many critics thought’s Tramplord’s star was in the ascendancy. What the critics didn’t realise, was that Tramplord were a band that do things their way. That’s down top Bin Raisbeck,Tramplord’s frontman and philosopher in chief.

Tramplord’s frontman and songwriter, Bin Raisbeck was born in a northern town. That northern town was Aberdeen, in the North of Scotland. Growing up, Bai survived on a steady diet of music. Some would say Bin obsessed about music. 

Not knowing the theme to a seventies schools television program always annoyed Bin. He heard it when during the seventies, when was just four. Fast forward to 2007, and belatedly, was searching a website specialising in television themes. Lo and behold, Bin discovered that the song that had long haunted him, was called My World, a track by Allan Parker. By then, Bin had gone from music lover, to musician.

Music Bin realised, was his raison d’être. Making music was what he was born to do. By 2007, that’s what Bin was doing. Like many Scots before him, Bin made his way to London. Fitzrovia, became Bin’s home away from home. That’s Tramplord’s frontman and philosopher in chief’s worldview and lyrics evolved. However, there was a problem though. When Bin became part of the music industry, he was disillusioned by what he discovered.

Bin has always believed that music is an art-form. That, he discovered, is no longer the case. No longer is music about disappointment, dreams, escapism, fears, hopes, life and love. Nowadays, however, the reality, Bin discovered is very different. Music is manufactured by made for television pop stars. Tramplord are the polar opposite of these modern, manufactured bands. 

Tramplord, like the bands that influence them, do things their way, or not at all. This is refreshing in an age when music seems to lack the charismatic characters of yesteryear. Bin Raisbeck, the man behind Tramplord, seems set to rectify this. That’s been the case since Buddy Holly was released to critical acclaim.

Most groups, having been tipped as the future of indie pop, would’ve headed straight back into the studio to record another album. Not Tramplord. They were in no hurry to record their sophomore album. Their enigmatic frontman Bin Raisbeck waited four years before releasing Petulant Sounds. This was a risky move that could’ve backfired on Tramplord.

A gap of four years between albums can result in people forgetting about a band. That could’ve been the case with Tramplord. Ironically, this decision proved a minor masterstroke. 

For what became Petulant Sounds, Bin was joined by a few of his musical friends. Tim Whelan and Hami Mantu of Transglobal Underground) joined Jim Dale of Goldheart Assembly) and Adam Blake of Cornershop. Together, they recorded fifteen tracks where Tramplord pay homage to pop’s glorious past. 

Among the artists that influenced Tramplord are the Alabama 3, Aztec Camera, Beach Boys, Big Star, Blondie, Cornershop, Fountains of Wayne, Orange Juice and T-Rex. There’s more than a nod to the classic pop of the Beach Boys on Petulant Sounds. Witness tracks like Coodbye Stations, Surfin’ USX, Help Me Find Her, Barbarian and Fin Fin Fin. Lyrically, the cerebral, cynicism of The Smiths sometimes shines through. This eclectic selection of influences played their part in Tramplord’s critically acclaimed, sophomore album, Petulant Sounds.

When Petulant Sounds was released in September 2014, critics fell in love with the album’s dreamy, wistful, nostalgic sound. Petulant Sounds was a marriage of musical genres. Elements of classic pop, indie pop, Brit pop, new wave, psychedelia and rock. The music was variously cerebral, cynical, melancholy, melodic, hook-laden, joyous, serene, uplifting and wistful. Tales of disappointment, hardship, love and love lost sit side-by-side on Petulant Sounds, which soon, became flavour of the month among tastemakers.

Critics, cultural commentators and DJs picked up on Tramplord’s sophomore album Petulant Sounds. Goodbye Stations was picked up by some of the biggest radio stations in Britain. This included BBC 6 Music and XFM. They were spreading the word about Tramplord. Gradually, Tramplord were gaining a larger fan-base. However, Tramplord want more people to hear their music. So, they’ve decided to play the modern music industry at their own game. 

This means giving Goodbye Stations, one of Petulant Sounds’ best tracks, away as a free download via Soundcloud. Goodbye Stations is best described as a joyous slice of perfect pop. It’s a reminder of what music used to sound like. Dreamy, hook-laden and irresistible, Goodbye Stations is the perfect introduction to Tramplord, and their enigmatic frontman and philosopher-in-chief Bin Raisbeck. 

He may always be the outsider looking in on the modern music industry, but who cares, when he’s capable of creating hook-laden, genre-melting music like that on Tramplord’s sophomore album Petulant Sounds.


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