Tripwires (previously The Enigma Project) are a four piece indie/rock alternative band originally from Reading, Berkshire, UK. The band consists of Rhys Edwards, Ben White, Joe Stone and Sam Pilsbury.


As The Enigma Project

In 2005 band member George Simpson (bassist at the time) departed the band. Following this, Ben White changed from guitarist to bassist. The band gigged around many venues in Reading and London with one of their biggest gigs to date being at the Clapham Grand. On July 16th the band released their first single- a double A side titled "Astronaut/Microcosm"- soon distributed through the record label "Automator Records". However this was not the band's first recording and studio experience, having been in and out of the studio from the age of 15. The Enigma Project played many successful gigs across Reading and London with the band playing a nationwide tour, playing at many venues over England - including Manchester and Cambridge The EP Scenes of the 21st Century was only available at gigs on this tour and is now subsequently no longer available.

As Tripwires

After announcing the name change the band quickly started playing gigs with performances notably at Moles Club, Bath and The Louisiana in Bristol. In December 2007 Tripwires played a live session on The Session on BBC Radio Berkshire as well as gigs in their home town of Reading and at The Carling Islington Academy in London.. In 2008 Tripwires have received radio play on Radio One through Huw Stephens on his BBC Introducing and In New Music We Trust show which has led to more radio play on many UK university radio stations, regional BBC Radio Shows and 6Music play through Tom Robinson and Clare McDonnell.

On 24th March, 'Kings And Queens' was released part of Broken Tail Records' Four By Four More EP including 3 other artists including To The Barricades, Ben Marwood and Project A-ko.

In 2008, on 22 July 'Just So you know' was released online as a digital download through: iTunes, and HMV. Almost a week later - on 28 July - it was confirmed that they will be playing the BBC Introducing Stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Subsequently a live version of 'Lighting Candles' was subsequently chosen to appear on Huw Stephens' Radio One Reading and Leeds highlights show.

Line Up


Rhys Edwards (lead vocals, guitar)
Ben White (vocals, bass, harmonica)
Joe Stone (vocals, piano, synth, guitar, percussion)
Sam Pilsbury (drums, triangle)


George Simpson (vocals, bass guitar, keyboards)



Year Title
2004 Mut..ed EP/The Eightfold EP (Double Release) (Cancelled)
2005 The Broken Hour EP
2006 The Eightfold EP
2007 Scenes of the 21st Century EP


Year Title
2006 Astronaut/Microcosm
2007 Kings and Queens
2008 Just So You Know

Quotes About The Band

"The young band arguably scale greater epic heights than the late Cooper Temple Clause, with Biffy Clyro as co-mountaineer. It's fair to say that they've grown into their sound, seemingly wallowing in arctic tundras to compose their brooding atmospheric numbers, something they've been working on since they were 15."

"Think Biffy Clyro meets Cooper Temple Clause. Compelling British Rock"
Designer Magazine (Manchester)

"Uplifting, brawling, overwrought rock in its purest form"
Blah Blah Magazine

"[Tripwires] eclipse everyone on this stage if they can perform live anything like they do on record. A must see!"

"Such sonically pleasing misery and anger from a bunch of fresh-faced youths deserves to be applauded."
'''NOIZE makes.enemies


External links

Tripwires' MySpace website

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