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CLAPTRAP

ISSUE 01


CONTENTS

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CLAPTRAP THIS IS NOW

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OUT OF PSYCH OUT OF MIND

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THE NEW PSYCH BREED

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INTERVIEW 01: TAME IMPALA

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INTERVIEW 02: UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

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ALBUM REVIEW: TAME IMPALA & UMO’S NEW ALBUMS

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OTHER BANDS: TEMPLES

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WE ARE ROOKIES: PARADISE SHOEGAZING IS BACK

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WHO IS RETURN: MY BLOODY VALENTINE

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ALBUM VERDICT: NEW MBV’S ALBUM

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STAR OF LAST YEAR: DIIV

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BAND OF RUSH: SPLASHH

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SELF INTRODUCTION: VIRALS

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SHOEGAZING?: GROSS MAGIC MADE IN B TOWN

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PEACE

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SWIMMING BOYS: SWIM DEEP

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NME LOVE B TOWN: SWIM DEEP

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LOOKISM IN INDIE: SWIM DEEP

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NEW B TOWN BOYS: JAWS

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WHATS NEXT: ICEAGE ALBUM REVIEW: ICEAGE’S NEW ALBUM

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CLAPTRAP

This magazine was born in the start of 2013 for a project of Graphic and Media Design 2nd year in London College of Communication. The name, ‘CLAPTRAP’, means an absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas. This magazine might be a real claptrap depended on your opinions about it, so we do not pressurise you must consider this magazine is an useful shit. Our purpose on this magazine is for showing what indie music scenes are going on and their veiled or unveiled trend. Therefore, we have a system called re-editing. It is a way to collect or scrap other magazines’s informations such as their interviews and articles, and then we reorganise them with our some voices. Why do we do it? As we said in the begining, this magazine is a project, so it is an independent magazine, and our purpose is for revealing the flow of indie music scenes. Here are many music magazines, and they should deal with many different parts unlike us, so sometimes their readers may be interrupted to recognise or miss the flow (Actually somebody does). You might think why we consider the flow and why we show concern for it. Right, there is no specific reason for everyone, so it is the reason why we do not mind that you think this magazine is totally a claptrap. Yeah, so just grap this, read it, and have fun sneering or empathising about the contents from this magazine. Whatever you feel about it, it is up to you!

Editor in Chief, YJ Kim

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THIS IS NOW

O UT OF

P S Y CH OUT OF MIND 3


HOOKWORMS MATT JOHNSON

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PEOPLE ARE DISSAPOINTED WE ARE NOT W I Z A R D S 5


TAME IMPALA KEVIN PARKER

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T H E R E

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I N F I N I T E W A Y S

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SCREW WITH P E O P L E ’ S H

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FROM NME (FEBRUARY 16TH 2013) WRITTEN BY BEN HEWITT

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INTERVIEW 01

TAME IMPALA “

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L I K E B A S E M E N T J A X X BUT I HAD NO-ONE ELSE T I T

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FROM FRONT MAGAZINE (JANUARY 2013 ISSUE NO. 178) INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN PARKER (FROM TAME IMPALA) FROM UNDER THE RADAR (JANUARY 2013 ISSUE NO. 44) ARTIST SURVEYS 2012 INERERVIEW WITH DOM SIMPER (FROM TAME IMPALA)

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INTERVIEW 02

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

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A S L E E P IN DAD’S GARAGE 13


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FROM LODOWN MAGAZINE (DEC / JAN / FEB 2013 ISSUE NO. 84) WORDS / INTERVIEW : RENKO HEUER

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ALBUM REVIEW FROM CLASH MAGAZINE TAME IMPALA (NOVEMBER 2012) UMO (FABUARY 2013)

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OTHER BANDS

POND

TOY

W E A R E P S Y C H P O P

TEMPLES

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TEMPLES

FROM NME (JANUARY 5TH 2013) WRITTEN BY LISA WRIGHT

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WE ARE ROOKIES FROM WONDERLAND MAGAZINE (FEB / MAR 2013 THE BABES ISSUE) WORDS: KATE HUTCHINSON

PARADISE

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SHOEGAZIN 20


WHO IS RETURN

NG IS BACK 21


MY BLOODY VALENTINE

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FROM NME (FEBRUARY 9TH 2013) WRITTEN BY BARRY NICOLSON

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ALBUM VERDICT

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WE ARE DREAMING WE STILL DAYDREAM 25


STAR OF LAST YEAR

DIIV 26


FROM WONDERLAND MAGAZINE (FEB / MAR 2013 THE BABES ISSUE) WORDS: KATE HUTCHINSON

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BAND OF RUSH

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P L A S H

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FROM NYLON GUYS (MARCH 2013) PHOTOGRAPHED BY COSMO MACDONALD WRITTEN BY PRIYA ELAN

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SELF INTRODUCTION

VIRALS SELF INTRODUCTION FROM SUP MAGAZINE (ISSUE 25) EP ALBUM REVIEW FROM NME (FEBRUARY 9TH 2013) WRITTEN BY NOEL GARDNER

REVIEW

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GROSS MAGIC

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SHOEGAZING? PHOTOGRAPHED BY YOUNJI KIM COMMENTED BY YOUNJI KIM

FROM WONDERLAND MAGAZINE (FEB / MAR 2013 THE BABES ISSUE) WORDS: ZING TSJENG

COMMENT

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I photographed the picture Sam grabs a Heineken when he played for the gig of a band called Pond at a club in Old Street. I have liked his music almost over 2 years, and one of my friends also like him. So we used to consider his music really sounds shoegazy, but he recently tweeted he has never really listened to any Shoegaze bands. He always labels or names his music as Psyche Pop, and Shoegazing is actually influenced by Psychedelic Rock. However, the label is not a big deal, a real big deal in music is always producing good music. He said he is now making and concentrating on the Gross Magic album, so probably we will be able to listen to his new album soon, and whatever his music will be labeled, I would not mind it, I do mind what a good music he made, make and will make.


WE ALWAYS FEEL LIKE A TEEN BUT TIME GOES AND PASSES AND WE ARE GETTING OLD

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THE TWO BOYS ARE FROM A TEEN BAND CALLED BLAENAVON FROM HAMPSHIRE FROM A RECENT ICEAGE GIG AT ELECTROWERKZ IN LONDON PHOTOGRAPHED BY YOUNJI KIM

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MADE IN B TOWN

PEACE

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FROM NME (FEBUARY 2ND 2013) WRITTEN BY DAN MARTIN PHOTO: COUNTERACT MAGAZINE

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SWIMMING BOYS

SWIM DEEP FROM NME (JANUARY 5TH 2013) WRITTEN BY JAMIE FULLERTON

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NME LOVE B TOWN FROM NME (JANUARY 5TH 2013, FABUARY 2ND 2013, FABUARY 9TH 2013, FABUARY 16TH 2013, MARCH 2ND 2013) WRITTEN BY YOUNJI KIM

Recently NME have nested on the band called Swim Deep. Before nesting on them, they really rooted for Peace, a band from Birmingham (B-town) like Swim Deep, and actually the bands have known well each others before they were pushed by NME (well, Cavan, the bass of Swim Deep, used to be a merch boy for Peace before being a member of Swim Deep). So probably it made NME easily found the next target they wanted to support, and it has been Swim Deep. Now, they are following every steps of Swim Deep and recording them, so it sometimes looks like a nuts fangirl, and honestly, it is a little bit creepy.

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However, who cares about NME is being a fangirl mode of a band? Because they always had been doing it to other bands also, and just they are now so obsessed with a cute boy band from B-town. Well, we could not assume how long they will continue it, but now they are a crazy fangirl of the band, and it is obviously good for them, Swim Deep. Well done, you guys catched a huge whale in UK music scenes. You guys can be more famous like your lyrics of King City!


LOOKISM IN INDIE

PHOTO: SAINT LAURENT FW 13 MENS COLLECTION IN PARIS WRITTEN BY YOUNJI KIM

In every year, many fashion week seasonally hold in big cities such as London, New York and Paris. And in Paris, a British indie boy walked on one of their runway for a brand called Saint Laurent in their recent show, and he is the boy, the drummer from Swim Deep, Zachary Robinson. Actually this is not the first time that Indie boys are on the fashion runways. In the past, when Dior Homme was being greatly sensational by Hedi Slimane, there were some Indie boys from some bands such as Cazals; unfortunately they were broken up in 2009. However, Hedi already has been well-known for preferring to use many androgynous and skinny boys for his collection and in his personal photography. So it might be able to be expected already, but think about it more seriously. Does this mean the Lookism of Fashion Industry exist also in Indie Music? Well, though, it is not that surprising, ‘cause we already know the truth well, and we just do not mention it in front of the faces of bands directly. Lookism is everywhere we are living honestly, and Indie Music Industry is no exception, of course.

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NEW B TOWN BOYS

JAWS

FRIEND LIKE YOU

A SONG OF JAWS REVIEW FROM NME (MARCH 2ND 2013) WRITTEN BY DUNCAN GILLESPIE

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FROM A RECENT JAWS GIG AT THE OLD BLUE LAST IN LONDON PHOTOGRAPHED BY YOUNJI KIM

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WHATS NEXT

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ELIAS BENDER RØNNENFELT (ICEAGE) FROM A RECENT ICEAGE GIG AT ELECTROWERKZ IN LONDON PHOTOGRAPHED BY YOUNJI KIM

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ALBUM REVIEW

ICEAGE YOU’RE NOTHING

FROM NME (FEBUARY 16TH 2013) WRITTEN BY KEVIN EG PERRY

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I DO NOT THINK THE NEW ALBUM IS A VERY UPLIFTING RECORD ELIAS, SINGER

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