“Rock out to the cathartic jams of Poor Traits, a band with many rich qualities. Reminiscent of defunct Anacortes, Washington band, The Lonely Forest, but with a female lead singer, the Vancouver band is capturing that unique west coast sound – darkness that is broken through with moments of the most brilliant light. ” - Anna Alger
— Grey Owl Point
Permanent Rain Press(Natalie Hoy)- ‘Stay Up’ marks the start of a new chapter for Vancouver rock outfit Poor Traits. Back from a 4-year hiatus, their nostalgic guitar lines are bolstered by rich imagery and a tender devotion.
The song opens with vocalist Alex Badger humming a few notes before the guitar kicks in. Her voice has always been one of the most intriguing parts of their sound because it is quite soft, but holds its own even as their instrumentals get a little more jarring. Granted, “Stay Up” is one of their most pared-down releases to date with a narrative that follows suit—one of glass prisms and the small gestures in our relationships; every breath and every whirl, magnified in one’s absence. Was it worth it?
Unheard Gems- “Stay Up” by Poor Traits is a pop rock song that reminds me that life is full of adventures.
Vocalist Alex Badger’s tone is sweet but edgy in a way that grabs your attention immediately. Poor Traits showcase incredible skills on bass and guitar, adding complexity to the melodies in the song. All together, they create an irresistible, dancy beat. Badger’s head voice and high notes display great vocal control and they add to that dreamy vibe created by the lyrics.
Mystic Sons- Canadian outfit follow in the footsteps of Daughter with this bright and uplifting indie-rock jam
Girls at the rock show- Releasing their first song in four years Canada’s alt-indie band Poor Traits have dropped new single Stay Up. The soft song is loaded to the brim with melodic instrumentation that really showcases Badger’s subtle vocals.
Surviving the Golden Age- Vancouver trio, Poor Traits just released their first new song in four year. Called “Stay Up,” the track mixes elements of late 90s emo with an alt-rock vibe. If you can imagine American Football with a female singer covering the Verve Pipe‘s “The Freshman,” you are pretty close to the sound of “Stay Up.”
Rock Fueguino- In "Stay Up" the band Poor Traits sings to life and its nuances. With a musicality reminiscent of Suzanne Vega, singer Alex Badger was inspired by a life-changing experience to compose a placid and gentle song, which extends that vibe of well-being in the listener. A song to listen to outdoors looking at the sky!
Pretty In Noise- The band's indie rock sounds fresh and playful, but also has a nice depth and density.
Grey Owl Point- Anna Alger- Rock out to the cathartic jams of Poor Traits, a band with many rich qualities. Reminiscent of defunct Anacortes, Washington band, The Lonely Forest, but with a female lead singer, the Vancouver band is capturing that unique west coast sound – darkness that is broken through with moments of the most brilliant light.
Poor Traits are making introspective rock with heavy metal influences, which makes for an enjoyable listening experience. There is a great deal of melody in their sound, toning down the abrasive quality of the frequent gang vocals. Strong talent is evident in this group, who have created a cohesive album with Minor Setbacks.