About Us

The Malthusian Trap are an indie-electronic band based in Devon, the band is made up of Doug Bishop on bass guitar, James Cox on guitar and Damon Foster on vocals.  Musically the band takes inspiration from the classic bands of the Madchester era (The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, Happy Mondays, Joy Division / New Order, Doves, New Fast Automatic Daffodils), acid house/rave music and classic hip hop.  The band’s lyrical content is inspired by a dystopian vision of life in the UK, post-industrial town/city living and politics.

The band formed in 2016 playing in underground music venues in major cities across the UK including Manchester, Liverpool, London, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, and Plymouth.  In 2017 the band played a string of dates across Germany on their first European tour. The Malthusian Trap’s debut EP was supported by BBC Introducing and music bloggers in the UK, with the band winning the best new band in the Listen With Monger awards in 2017.

In the summer of 2018 the band moved to their own dedicated music studio ‘The Heavy Bag’ where they started writing for their second EP, and have since started a weekly podcast called Through The Trap Door.  The band recorded their second EP Culture Test in 2019 and saw The Malthusian Trap record with renowned sound engineer Jon Burton (Bombay Bicycle Club, The Prodigy) at MU Studios in Sheffield.

Past gigs

The Malthusian Trap have taken their unique sounds all over the UK and into Europe.  Here is a small list of some of the venues we’ve frequented:

Night & Day Cafe, Manchester |The Jacaranda, Liverpool | The Finsbury, London | The Underground, Plymouth | 229 Venue, London | West Street Live, Sheffield | Amersham Arms, London | Grinagog Festival, Torquay | Apple & Parrot, Torquay | The Islington, London | Bay View Festival, Torquay | Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham | Hamburger Hoff, Minden | OMA, Weimar | Lndwurm, Hannover | Pooca Bar, Hamburg | Hanger 49, Berlin | Barrell House Ballroom, Totnes | Party in The Town | Verve Bar | The Junction, Plymouth | Fishermans Arms, Plymouth | B Bar, Plymouth | Exeter Phoenix | Exeter Cavern |