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With the release last summer of Trapt, the groundbreaking new album from the compulsively original young band of the same name, modern music celebrated a compelling new champion. Since then, the Trapt story has taken on positively epic proportions, beginning with the quartet's immediate and intense connection with its fans, and continuing with an unbroken string of high profile achievements on stage, in the studio and on TV screens across the country and around the world.

With their debut Warner Bros. Records release Trapt currently streaking past platinum status, thanks in part to their smash single "Headstrong," Trapt was well positioned for the extensive sold-out tour that turned out to be one of last summer's hottest tickets. Add to that two Billboard Music Awards for Best Modern Rock Track and Best Rock Track of 2003, along with a raft of press raves including a nod from Rolling Stone in its New Faces feature, and you have the makings of a major musical breakthrough. It's a breakthrough made all the more inevitable with the out-of-the-box success of Trapt's follow-up single and video "Still Frame," which climbed to number one on the rock charts. Their third single "Echo" is currently blazing up the rock charts and the accompanying video directed by Meiret Avis (U2, Audioslave) also features young up and coming movie star Michelle Trachtenberg.

That audience had grown considerably by the mid-1998 when the band, who by now were opening for such acts as Papa Roach, Dredg and Spike 1000, graduated from high school
and faced the crucial decision of continuing their musical partnership or going their separate paths in pursuit of college and career.

For a while they tried to have it both ways. After recording a second independent CD, titled Amalgamation, consisting of various early demos and new material, they
continued playing a string of local performances up and down the central coast, even as they laid plans to
continue their education. By the fall of 1999, the band members found themselves diverging, with Chris and Simon enrolling UC Santa Barbara, Peter hundreds of miles away
at UC Santa Cruz, and their original drummer relocating in-between at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

But it's also only the beginning for a band that is proving itself one concert, and one song at a time. "There have been so many amazing moments since this ride began," enthuses front man Chris Brown. "But the most gratifying result is how we've grown, individually as musicians and together as a group. I'd have to say that, through it
all, we've learned that the band always comes first."
But not before, of course, Trapt's growing legions of fans. "In 2003 we played nearly 300 shows to make sure that we could reach as many people as possible," Brown continues. "In that process we focused on giving them the best show possible and that's the same commitment we have in the studio. We're currently in the process of writing songs for our next album and it's our fans who have inspired us to create the best music we can."

It's a characteristic attitude from a band that, in Brown's words, "Worked hard to get where we are today. It was a rough road that required a lot of focus and teamwork. But at the end of the day what really matters is that we love to play music. That's always been our passion."

That all-or-nothing ethos has sustained the foursome's fearless musical vision through more than the usual run of false starts, dashed hopes and hardcore dues paying, beginning in the mid-90's in the sleepy suburban enclave of Los Gatos, California.

It wasn't until late 1997 that the fledging group began to find their musical footing, recording a do-it-yourself CD of original songs featuring Chris's lyrics and the band's
arrangements and selling them at local gigs. By early the following year they had landed a regular spot at The Cactus Club, a local venue that allowed them invaluable experience to develop their electrifying live act for a fast-growing audience of friends and fans.

That audience had grown considerably by 1998 when the band graduated from high school and faced the crucial decision of continuing their musical partnership or going their
separate paths in pursuit of college and career.

For a while they tried to have it both ways. After recording a second independent CD, titled Amalgamation, consisting of various early demos and new material, they
continued playing a string of local performances up and down the central coast, even as they laid plans to continue their education. By the fall of 1999, the band members found themselves diverging, with Chris and Simon enrolling UC Santa Barbara, Peter hundreds of miles away at UC Santa Cruz, and their original drummer relocating in-between at
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

It was a scattering that might have spelled the end of Trapt, except for one crucial consideration: the group's fierce commitment to their music. "Pete would drive down for rehearsals and gigs," recounts Chris, "and pick up the drummer along the way. It was almost impossible trying to keep ourselves together over all those miles, but we really
believed in what we were doing. We were just hanging on, trying to make something happen."

That effort would test the group's belief in themselves and their music to the limit. Over the next year, they knocked relentlessly on any door that might gain them access to a
recording deal and the chance to keep their shared vision alive.

They recorded new material every chance they got, (including a third CD titled Glimpse that previewed "Enigma" and "Hollowman," two songs featured on their new album.) What looked like their big break arrived in late 2000 when, after appearing at L.A.'s legendary
Troubadour, they were approached by several record labels, and though the labels quickly lost interest, what might have proved a fatal blow to a less determined band, only spurred Trapt to new levels. "We all dropped out of college and moved to L.A.," recounts Chris.

"We'd come this far and it was like we all decided at the same time that music was what we were here to do. Nothing was going to stop us."

These were fateful words, considering the rocky road still ahead. After recording four additional tracks with Grammy-winning engineer Warren Riker, Trapt was offered a major
label deal that dissolved eight weeks later due to creative
differences. But Trapt's trials were only just beginning. In the summer of 2001, the band's long time drummer parted
ways with the group. "We'd quit school, turned our back on a record deal and, to top it all off, lost our drummer," recounts Chris. "There was nothing left to do but keep going."

The band began searching for a replacement, quickly recruiting Aaron Montgomery, a Seattle native with wide musical sensibilities and an immediate affinity for the group's tightly integrated sound. Creatively reinvigorated, Trapt put together a showcase on September 11th of 2001 and were immediately offered and opportunity to record with
Warner Bros. Records.

Their perseverance had paid off. Hanging on against all odds, the group was poised for the pay-off: a chance to make the music that mattered to them, and find the audience they knew all along was out there waiting. It was a chance they grabbed with both hands. After writing a sheaf of new material, they began recording their Warner Bros. Records debut in Vancouver B.C. with producer Garth Richardson, renowned for his work with Rage Against The Machine.

The rest is a matter of record... a lot of records. Trapt, featuring twelve original tracks, including the band's signature "Headstrong," went on to become one of last year's certified smash hits. The group subsequently embarked on a barnstorming US tour as headliners.

Yet, even as they toured virtually non-stop, Trapt was laying plans for their follow-up album.

"We've really learned the value of a good song," Brown concludes. "We had a studio put into the bus late last year where we could write and record at 4AM while driving to the next gig. Because the space was small we had to take turns working on the new material and then play them at sound checks." That's commitment. That's Trapt.

--- from the official Trapt website

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