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Trapt vocalist Chris Taylor Brown
Background information
Origin Los Gatos, California, USA
Genres Alternative metal[1], post-grunge[1]
Years active 1997—present
Labels Eleven Seven, Warner Bros.
Chris Taylor Brown
Peter Charell
Aaron Montgomery
Robb Torres
Former members
David Stege
Robin Diaz
Simon Ormandy
Rick Sanders

Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, California in 1997. The group is composed of lead singer Chris Taylor Brown, lead guitarist Robb Torres, bass guitarist Peter Charell, and drummer Aaron "Monty" Montgomery. They have released three studio albums to date: Trapt (2002), Someone in Control (2005) and Only Through the Pain (2008). They are best known for their song "Headstrong" (2002).



Trapt is an alternative band from Los Gatos, California. The band formed in 1995 with members Chris Brown (vocalist), Simon Ormandy (guitarist), Peter Charrell (bassist) and David Stege (drummer) and recorded the albums ‘Amalgamation’ and ‘Glimpse’ to sell at local shows. After several rehearsal absences and negative feedback the band decided to let David go. While attempting to find a suitable replacement, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records and began recording their debut self-titled album. The band enlisted Robin Diaz to perform drums on the record, and in turn Robin helped the band find their permanent drummer, Aaron Montgomery.

On November 22nd, 2002, the band released Trapt, along with the single “Headstrong”. “Headstrong” became a fantastic hit, reaching #1 on alternative charts and #16 on pop. Follow-up singles “Still Frame” and “Echo” (with a video featuring Michelle Trachtenberg) did respectably, although they never reached the heights of “Headstrong”. “Headstrong” became the official theme song of WWE Bad Blood for June 2003. Trapt eventually hit platinum. After more than one year an EP followed on March 30th, 2004, that included a new song called “Promise” along with live versions of “Made Of Glass” and “Echo”.

On September 13th, 2005, the band released their sophomore album “Someone In Control” along with the single “Stand Up”. “Stand Up” failed to do as well as any of their previous singles, although it still made an excellent run on active rock stations. “Waiting” and “Disconnected (Out Of Touch)” were also released as singles, and have yet to repeat the success of any of Trapt’s self-titled radio hits. The band spent the first half of 2006 co-headlining with Shinedown as part of the Equinox Tour.

A live album was released in September 2007 containing live tracks from both previous albums with new studio tracks “Stay Alive” and “Everything to Lose”.

Trapt hit the studio in July 2007 to begin recording their 3rd album, which was released on 5th August 2008 named “Only Through the Pain…”

Formation and early years

The members of Trapt met in high school in the mid-'90's and shortly developed an act with Chris Taylor Brown on vocals, Rick Sanders and Simon Ormandy playing guitar, Peter Charell on bass and David Stege playing the drums. The band's first few rehearsals were in guitarist Simon Ormandy's guest-house, which had a party-like atmosphere with its loft overlooking the living room.[2] In 1997, they recorded their first CD, Amalgamation, which they sold when they played at local venues. The band received a great response and a positive buzz soon started to grow. In 1998, before the band had graduated high school, they were already opening for acts like Papa Roach.[3][4]

Mainstream success

The band proceeded to sign with Warner Bros. Records and started recording their debut album, with the help of Robin Diaz replacing Stege on the drums (Diaz was eventually replaced by their current drummer, Aaron Montgomery). Meanwhile, they also moved to Vancouver, Canada to base their recording operations. On November 5, 2002 the band released their self-titled album, Trapt, which produced a total of three singles. "Headstrong" was the first, and it reached #1 on both the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, as well as #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking their most successful single to date, and becoming the theme song for WWE Bad Blood during June 2003. The second single from the album, "Still Frame", also managed to achieve #1 spot on the US Mainstream Rock chart, and a respectable #3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The third single, "Echo" (whose video had an appearance from Michelle Trachtenberg) peaked at #10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The Trapt album was certified platinum by the RIAA. Although not a single, the last song on the album, "New Beginning", was featured in the Dragonball Z film, "Return of Cooler".

Later years

The next release by the band after their debut album was a three-track EP, released March 30, 2004, that included live versions of the "Made of Glass" and "Echo" tracks, as well as a previously unheard track called "Promise".

Their second full length album titled "Someone In Control", was released September 13, 2005. It produced three singles for the band, "Stand Up", "Waiting", and "Disconnected (Out of Touch)". While the singles didn't do as well as the ones released from the first album, "Stand Up" still reached #3 on the US Mainstream Rock chart (note: iTunes has "Lost Realist" listed as the song's name). In support of this album Trapt toured with Thousand Foot Krutch, Silvertide, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Nickelback and others.

Their live album titled Trapt Live!, was released September 18, 2007. The album featured two new studio songs ("Stay Alive" and "Everything to Lose") as well as live versions of nine songs from their earlier records. On March 7, 2008, it was announced that lead guitarist Simon Ormandy had parted ways with the band. He was replaced by Robb Torres.[5] Despite rumors indicating otherwise, Ormandy's departure was amicable, and vocalist, Chris Brown, continues to speak highly of Ormandy to the media, while promoting Torres as the new guitarist.[6] On March 8, 2008, Trapt released "Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" on the band's website, a song from their upcoming studio album entitled Only Through the Pain.[7] The band also posted four other songs from this upcoming album, "Black Rose", "Contagious", "Wasteland", and "Ready When You Are". On April 15, 2008, Trapt announced they would be touring as part of Mötley Crüe's Crüe Fest along with Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Sixx:A.M.. The tour began July 1, 2008 in West Palm Beach, Florida.[8]

On June 10, 2008, Trapt released "Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" as a single. They also recorded a music video for the song.[9] It was announced on June 27, 2008 that "Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" will be part of the weekly downloadable content for Harmonix's Video Game "Rock Band". The content was released on July 1, 2008. Only Through the Pain was released on August 5, 2008. Trapt toured in support of Only Through the Pain by opening for Hinder on the Jägermeister Music Tour with Rev Theory. In March 2009, Trapt started the Contagious Tour, also featuring Red, Halestorm, Inept and Since October at several shows. "Contagious", the second single off of Only Through the Pain, is available as a free playable track in the iPhone and iPod Touch game Tap Tap Revenge 2.

On December 7, 2009, Trapt announced on their Facebook fan page via status message, "Back to the writing room later this week." They also put up a short video of the band in a studio.


Trapt discography
Studio albums 3
Live albums 1
Extended plays 2
Singles 9
Video albums 1

Studio albums


Year Album details
2000 Glimpse EP
  • Released: 2000
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: CD
2004 Trapt EP

Live albums

Year Album details
2007 Trapt Live!

Video albums

Year Album details
2009 Crüe Fest


Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock US Rock
2002 "Headstrong" 16 1 1 - Trapt
2003 "Still Frame" 69 3 1 -
2004 "Echo" 125 10 13 -
2005 "Stand Up" 104 17 3 - Someone in Control
2006 "Waiting" - 27 20 -
"Disconnected (Out of Touch)" - - 24 -
2007 "Stay Alive" - - - - Trapt Live!
2008 "Who's Going Home with You Tonight?" - 31 12 - Only Through the Pain
2009 "Contagious" - - 18 36


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