Tender Trap are an indiepop/twee pop band, based in London (UK), formed in 2001 by three of the five members of Marine Research - Amelia Fletcher, Rob Pursey, and John Downfall.

Tender Trap
Tender Trap playing in Liverpool, July 2010
Background information
OriginLondon, England, UK
GenresIndie pop
Twee pop
Years active2001–present
LabelsFortuna Pop!
K Records
Elefant Records
Matinée Recordings
MembersAmelia Fletcher
Katrina Dixon
Rob Pursey
Emily Bennett
John Stanley
Past membersElizabeth Morris

Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey were previously in the twee pop band Heavenly, and some have seen Tender Trap as representing a return to the pop aesthetic of that earlier band. On their first, electronically slanted album Film Molecules, the songs demonstrate an eclectic mix of musical styles, with a clear nod to the similarly eclectic approach taken by The Magnetic Fields on their 69 Love Songs album.

The band's initial intention was to be a recording outfit only, due to their hatred of transporting drums from place to place. They compromised by playing live but using a CD player for backing beats. Additional live performers have included Claudia Gonson (of The Magnetic Fields) on drums, and Lupe Núñez-Fernández of Pipas and Amor de Días, who was a guest vocalist on the Language Lessons EP and the second album 6 Billion People.

After a quiet 2007-2008, Tender Trap reformed at the beginning of 2009 as a five piece, with additional members Elizabeth Morris (also in Allo Darlin') on guitar and vocals and Katrina Dixon (formerly of Police Cat, Sally Skull and The Garden City Project) on drums and vocals. They performed on the main stage at Indietracks festival in Derbyshire in July 2009 and the indoor stage in July 2010. Elizabeth Morris left to concentrate on Allo Darlin' in August 2010 and Emily Bennett (Betty And The Werewolves) joined the following month on guitar and vocals.

In 2010, Tender Trap released Dansette Dansette, an album that finds Fletcher working with "up-and-coming British indie luminaries, rediscovering her musical beginnings, and continuing to incorporate and impart feminist consciousness through sharp, yet tender, pop songs" [1]

As of 2014, the band is on indefinite hiatus, and Fletcher and Pursey now perform as The Catenary Wires.



EPs and Singles



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Venus Zine 2010 Tender Trap article.

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