TRAAMS share new track “Breathe” (ft. Softlizard)




Highly anticipated new album “personal best” out

22nd July via Fat Cat Records

EU / UK tour dates to take place Oct / Nov 2022


Today, Chichester trio TRAAMS have shared a new track titled “Breathe”. The song is taken from their highly anticipated new album “personal best”, which is out 22nd July via long-term label Fat Cat.

“personal best” marks the band’s first full-length album since 2015’s critically-acclaimed ‘Modern Dancing’, and comes hot on the heels of their recent highly acclaimed single ‘Sleeper’, which featured guest vocals from Soffie Viemose of Bella Union’s Danish five-piece Lowly.

The band recently announced their long-awaited return alongside a new single titled ‘The Light At Night’, which features Joe Casey of Protomartyr, and was accompanied by a new video co-directed by Charlotte Gosch & Lee Kiernan of IDLES.

The new track “Breathe” arrives as a direct insight into the band’s musical evolution on the new record. Featuring guest vocals from Softlizard (the new project from Liza Violet of Menace Beach), the track sees propulsive and motorik bass gel with programmed beats, whilst warmly distorted, hook led guitar riffs grind alongside hypnotic vocals. This is all underpinned by subtle yet intricate synth lines and electronic manipulations, adding further nuance to their sound and perfectly exemplifying the new songwriting methods that were explored across “personal best”.



Speaking on the track vocalist and guitarist, Stu Hopkins says, “During one of 2020s seemingly endless lockdowns once it was legal to do so, we began meeting up in Stu’s basement (due to our regular rehearsal space being shut). It was a strange time and we all felt palpably odd.

We already had a couple of tracks from a previous session, but ‘Breathe’ felt new. It took us down a very different path, one that ultimately shaped the tone of the whole record – right down to the artwork.

A soft, meandering lullaby, born out of a trip to the GP – waiting room imagery, mismatched furnishings, gaudy posters, and jarring slogans all coming together in a fleeting moment of calm, before expanding out into a celebration of life’s repetition.”

In addition to the new single, TRAAMS have also announced a short run of in-store shows to coincide with the new albums release. These come ahead of a new run of EU / UK live dates for Oct / Nov 2022. The tour follows the band’s April dates with Protomartyr, with full dates as follows:


10 – Bruges, BE, Cactus Fesitval22 – Pie & Vinyl, Portsmouth22 – Resident Records, Brighton23 – Rough Trade East, London


12 – Brighton, Patterns*13 – London, Moth Club*14 – Bristol, Strange Brew*15 – Birmingham, Future Days*27 – Groningen, NL, Vera28 – Deventer, NL, Burgerweeshuis29 – Amsterdam, NL, London Calling


11 – Manchester, YES (Basement)*12 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club*

* support from Public Body

Tickets are available HERE