LOCAL band The Trapps have been shortlisted for the ABC Mid North Coast Exhume competition.
When you consider the “baby” of the band is 42 years old and a rather dodgy iPhone-captured entry video got them through, you start to suspect this is no ordinary music competition.
A little while back the organisers of Exhumed put out a call to amateur bands across the country.
Launching the competition on more than 50 ABC radio stations they were seeking people who play music for the sheer love of it.
Importantly though, according to the ABC, it is not a competition for wannabes or has-beens.
It’s all about the “never-weres”.
“We fit the profile perfectly,” said band member Kev Ballard.
The Trapps have played in their current line up for the past 12 months but can trace their history right back to 1979.
“We have never tried to be anything but a band that got together to have fun,” said Kev.
Originally founded by then Wingham local Brett Godwin, the band played together with various line-up changes until 1983 when life simply got in the way and it “fell in a heap.”
The band members all went their separate ways. Brett became a school teacher and currently works at Manning Valley Anglican College and his brother Rob works for Betta Electrical in Nelsons Bay – neither of them performing in bands since that time.
Kev Ballard is a postie though he did keep up gigging in numerous bands and was in one particular three piece band that saw the female lead singer head hunted and the “two old farts” rejected. “It sucked,” said Kev.
But these never-weres are back and ready to show us all just what the years have given them.
Apart from being older and wiser, according to Kev the most significant thing age has offered is money.
“We could barely afford instruments,” said Kev of the original line up.
Now joined by Peter Maddigan, Dave Gollan and Robert McQ the ‘reunion’ version of The Trapps is geared up and each member has a strong sense of self.
“We are not a bunch of old fellas trying to relive our youth,” said Kev.
These guys mean business, even if all they are chasing is a laugh.
It seemed like a good idea at the time to enter the Exhume competition.
Now Kev and the rest of The Trapps have a shot at being featured on a TV show due to be launched in November.
As shortlisters they will play in Bellingen on August 18 with the other Mid North Coast finalists.
The winner announced on the day will be considered the ‘local winner’ for the Mid North Coast and will take part in the five part TV series Exhumed in November.
Exhumed will air on ABC1 and aims to find ‘The best bands you’ve never heard of’.
You can follow The Trapps journey on their Facebook page or by listening to local ABC radio.