Mirroring the dreariness of modern life with their melancholic melodies and horror-inspired lyrics and imagery, Canadian cold wave duo TRAITRS have cemented themselves as one of the fastest rising stars in goth and post-punk today. Formed in Toronto, Canada in late 2015, vocalist/guitarist Shawn Tucker and synth player Sean-Patrick Nolan bonded over a shared fondness for new wave, hardcore and punk rock culture, art house horror films and dark electronic music.
Before they played their first ever live show, TRAITRS released their debut LP Rites and Ritual on the boutique Toronto label, Pleasence Records, in April 2016. The duo quickly garnered attention with their critically acclaimed 2018 follow up Butcher’s Coin (Pleasence Records, Manic Depression Records, Alchera Visions) coming off the strength of songs like “Thin Flesh”, “The Lovely Wounded” and “The Suffering of Spiders”. Before the pandemic, TRAITRS established themselves the old school way with relentless touring and scintillating live performances in 16 different countries, including showcases at Wave Gothik Treffen, Castle Party, Extramuralhas, Nocturnal Culture Night, Wavefest, Canadian Music Week and Pop! Montreal.
Their breakneck touring schedule and work ethic caught the attention of Schubert Music Publishing’s Thomas Thyssen and Eric Burton, and in October 2020 they announced TRAITRS as the first signing to their brand-new record label Freakwave Records. In November 2021, TRAITRS released the heartrending Horses in the Abattoir, another critically acclaimed record which was Sonic Seducer’s Album of the Month and topped several “year end” lists. TRAITRS spent the better part of 2022 supporting She Past Away, Lebanon Hannover and She Wants Revenge all across North America. Starting on February 23 in Copenhagen, DK, TRAITRS will open for alternative EDM legends VNV Nation on their European “Electric Sun Tour” starting in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 23.
From the veiny rivers of melancholy to the craggy rocks of disturbance, from the glaciated deserts of bleakness to the vast oceans of longing, from the lightless chasms of despair to the highest peaks piercing a bright sky – you can’t put your finger on an emotional map and find certainty about the place the music of Golden Apes will bring you to. It is all in there and on opposite poles at the same time, an atlas shaping and changing with every sound that enters your ears, with every syllable that enters your head. Trojan harmonies …
And from their debut „Stigma 3.am“ (2000) to their latest output „From The Sky“ (2022) the Golden Apes manage to deny any kind of tangibility, step back behind the music like being messengers only, delivering the map that guides you, leads you out to the land of swarms, to the places that scare and shelter you … to the rivers and the deserts …