Trapped by Suburbia, Four Californian's Form Trapt
By Randy J. Klodz
Four guys from Los Gatos had a feeling of being trapped in the California
suburb because of the feeling of being sheltered, and needed a way to break
from it. The result: A melodic rock band appropriately named Trapt.
The members of Trapt—singer/guitarist Chris Brown, guitarist Simon
Ormandy, bassist Peter Charell and drummer Aaron Montgomery—spent much
of their pre-band days traveling to nearby San Jose to watch such bands as
Dredg and Papa Roach, play at Cactus Club, a venue Trapt later got an opportunity
to play in. "Watching Papa Roach two years before they got signed, blowing
up the clubs, we were like 'Dude, we want to get a shot up there too,'" said
Trapt were set to hit the road with Filter, on a unique tour sponsored
by Miller Brewing Co. called the Rellim Tour, when a bump was hit in the road.
Richard Patrick, the front man of Chicago-based rock band Filter, checked
himself into a rehabilitation facility a few days before the tour was to start,
halting all the Rellim Tour's dates, and keeping Trapt from spreading their
blend of alternative rock to fans at intimate venues. "It's such a drag but
Richard's gotta do what he's gotta do," Brown said. The tour had a Chicago
date planned for Oct. 4, which was also shelved.
Trapt's self-titled debut album is due to hit stores on Nov. 5 and features
11 tracks that can be listened to from start to finish. The opening track,
and first single, "Headstrong," is the heaviest track on the album, yet it
keeps a fair tone and doesn't go overboard with any yelling or screaming.
"Echo" starts with quiet guitar and slowly gets loudly melodic, the special
way that Incubus works it's magic on "Drive." "Stories" is a largely acoustic
ballad that features Brown's soft vocals: "Too much of the same stories in
our lives/ I think it's time for change don't you?" Much like Brown's sentiments
in "Stories," the record industry has seen constant repetition, and Trapt
my be the change the industry needs.