‘Stand Up’ for Trapt at Club BijouWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1999, Trapt guitarist Simon Ormandy was majoring in biochemistry at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
“We grew up in a suburban kind of town, Los Gatos, California It’s the kind of place where your path is predestined — you go to college, do what your parents want you to do,” Ormandy said.
He and Chris Brown, vocalist and guitarist, and Peter Charell, bass, chose their band’s name to reflect their feeling while in Los Gatos High School.
“For me, staying on that path, I wouldn’t have accomplished what I wanted to do,” Ormandy said last week from a tour stop in Chico, Calif. “We didn’t expect the music to get serious until we dropped out of college, and that’s when we really focused on it.”
That was in 2000. Two years later, drummer Aaron “Monty” Montgomery joined Trapt and the band released its self-titled debut. The single “Headstrong” earned two Billboard Awards for best modern rock track and best rock track in 2003. Sales of the disc topped 2 million.
Trapt’s follow-up, Someone in Control, was released Sept. 13. The group co-produced the disc with Don Gilmore, who has worked with Linkin Park, Pearl Jam and Dashboard Confessional.
“Don is a very interesting cat. He’s totally a funny guy, definitely good to work with,” Ormandy said. “We had the songs before we made the record, so we just had minimal tweaks. We worked most with lyrics.”
The quartet is known for its intense lyrics, driving guitar riffs and Brown’s sweet and explosive vocals. That recipe is evident in the new single “Stand Up.”
“I describe our music as heavy, alternative melodic rock,” Ormandy said.
Trapt will be at Club Bijou, 209 N. Superior St., Oct. 5 with Aphasia and Blindside. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22.50 the day of the show.
— Vicki L. Kroll