This album is unique for Ed as it shows a different side to his playing and writing. As a play, Tourist Trap was conceived whilst Ed was on a two week walk along England’s South West Coast Path. It was mainly inspired by the eerie atmosphere of out-of-season coastal towns encountered on the walk. It was subsequently written in cheap B&B rooms around the country whilst he was working away on building sites.
Although there are 26 tracks on the album, it is designed to be listened to as one continuous track. Ed wanted to challenge the conventional 'song' format of presenting music, making the point that if a riff only sounds good for 50 seconds then why try and force a 3 minute song out of it.
Tourist Trap was played entirely in the tuning (low) CGCGCF (high) which gives the guitar work a deep engaging quality.
It was also the first album to be recorded in Ed's own 'Slam Door Studios' and released on his own 'Slam Door Records' label.
Engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Ed Rome.
GENERAL INFO ABOUT ED:
Ed Rome is acclaimed writer, recording artist and producer. He has written and recorded many albums as well as material for other artists and done countless guest spots. His most recent album received much praise, most notable being Steve Lamacq naming it the best reggae album of the year on his BBC Radio 2 show.
'An Excellent Album' Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2
'Really Interesting Stuff' David Rodigan Kiss FM
'Very Entertaining' Alex Lester BBC Radio 2
'A Great Voice' Jerry Dammers (The Specials)
'Quality Old School' Neville Staple (The Specials)
As an international touring artist Ed’s encapsulating, honest energetic live show has allowed him to tour Australia, Japan, Dubai, continental Europe every corner of the British isles. Festival highlights include Glastonbury (05, 07+09), Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival (Aus.), Summer Sonic (Jap.)
As well as being UK tour support (with backing band ‘The Connectors’) for the 'Easy Star All Stars' (Radiodread/Dub side of the moon) countless live sessions around the world for artists such as ‘The Beat’, ‘Lee Scratch Perry’ and members of ‘The Specials’ has secured his strong reputation on the live circuit.
Ed has been interviewed on the BBC 2 Steve Lamacq show and received extensive national radio play namely from Don Letts (BBC 6), David Rodigan (Kiss FM) and Alex Lester (BBC 2) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 2+6).