Rose Melberg is a singer and guitarist from Sacramento (California)
who formed Tiger Trap to play romantic punk-pop.
Tiger Trap (K, 1993) is the Fastbacks in love.
Super Crush, For Sure and Words And Smiles
are prime cuts in the tradition of girl groups and teen idols.
The band borrows sounds from
surf music (Tore A Hole), folk-rock (You're Sleeping) and
rock and roll (Eight Wheels).
The band dissolved after a final EP, Sour Grass (K, 1994), that
contained Sour Grass and Don't Ask.
Melberg's new band, Go Sailor, was based in Portland (Oregon) and played a
much toned-down version of Tiger Trap's tender and sweet rock. Their early
recordings (3 EPs and a single) were compiled on
Go Sailor (Lookout, 1996).
Melberg further retreated from the punk scene with Softies, a duo with
singer Jen Sbragia that fundamentally continues the mission of Go Sailor.
The single He'll Never Have To Know and the gems of
It's Love (K, 1995), namely Hello rain and
Charms Around Your Wrist, are fragile acoustic pop that
draws comparisons with
Everything But The Girl. The naive,
romantic, drums-less Softies are just about the
opposite of the riot-grrrls who terrorize the rock establishment in the
The songs on Winter Pageant (K, 1997) and
Holiday In Rhode Island (K, 2000)
are even sweeter and catchier.
Le Tiger Trap di Sacramento (California), ovvero Rose Melburg (canto), Heather
Dunn (batteria), Angela Loy (chitarra) e Jennifer Braun (basso), formate nel
gennaio del 1992, rappresentano il
versante piu` puramente pop del foxcore.
Il sound del loro primo album del 1993 (per la K
Records) e` fatto di armonie angeliche, soffici e romantiche, e di testi
adeguati. Sono soffi di cuore adolescenziale che prendono in prestito la
grammatica del surf (Tore A Hole), quella del folkrock (You're Sleeping)
e quella del rock and roll (Eight Wheels).
Sull'EP Sour Grass il suono piu` in vista e` quello dell'organetto di
Melburg, che infatti sembra volersi ispirare a Penelope Houston.