‘Personal Best’, the third album from Chichester’s indie-rock trio TRAAMS – featuring singer/guitarist Stuart Hopkins, drummer Adam Stock, and bassist Leigh Padley – and their first album in seven years, represents a band rebuilt from the ground up. After half a decade apart, all it took was a global pandemic to reaffirm their intense urge to create music together, and the limitations the situation brought with it ended up revolutionizing their sound.

Though the band never officially broke up after the release of nine-minute behemoth ‘A House On Fire’ and the subsequent tour at the end of 2017, a break made sense to all three members. Eventually in 2019, vocalist and guitarist Stu began tinkering away on two leftover TRAAMS songs, the ten-minute krautrock epic ‘The Greyhound’ and the fidgety ‘Intercontinental Radio Waves’, which were then released in 2020.

Eventually, the new way of working proved revolutionary for the band. With Adam on guitar and drum machines, and Stu experimenting with softer vocal tones, a new sound emerged for the trio, one that defines their third album. By stepping away from their usual instruments and working in an untraditional way, TRAAMS have made their most interconnected album yet. They’ve played in VERA before 2014, and can’t wait to rock the stage again!