Over a year since the release of Bring It, Trapt’s last single, Reborn, will finally be made available for fans on January 22nd. The band is working hard to promote the new record and their current U.S. tour will wrap up in Clifton Park, NY on February 10th. Frontman, Chris Taylor Brown, recently spent time with Alternative Addiction talking about the long-awaited album.
Trapt first broke into the mainstream with 2002’s “Headstrong;” a song that caught the attention of seemingly every music listener in America at the time. The track was even rated the #1 alternative song and #8 rock song of the decade of the 2000s by Billboard. Now nearly eleven years later, Trapt is still evolving musically and Brown’s vocals are arguably stronger than ever before on the new disc. “We always try to come up with new material and experiment with different sounds that make for different songs. We don’t want to be stuck in one hard rock type thing or a ballad type thing. We always want to do something fresh and original, and this record is no exception to that.”
Reborn marks the first record that Brown produced himself along with the help of sound engineer, Matt Thorne. The group is also now with EMI after parting ways with Eleven Seven Music. “It’s a place where we can do literally whatever we want for our records. And we’ve been promised that in the past and not had it pan out that way. But this time when we did it, we made sure we’d still have complete creative control over everything.”
Switching labels isn’t the only change that Trapt has experienced in recent years. About a year ago, longtime member, Aaron Montgomery (who took over drumming duties shortly after Trapt recorded their self-titled effort), left the band and was quickly replaced with Dylan Thomas Howard. “He’s (Howard) been amazing; he’s done every song on the new record and it feels like the Robin Diaz days when he did the drums on the first album…we’ve toured all this past year with this current lineup. So we’ve been together awhile and we’re excited to keep playing shows in 2013.”
The current Trapt lineup consists of Chris Taylor Brown (lead vocals), Pete Charell (bass), Robb Torres (guitar), and Dylan Thomas Howard (drums). Thus far, the band has been playing the Reborn tracks “Bring It,” “Love Hate Relationship,” and “Livewire (Light Me Up)” while out on tour. Fans can most likely expect to hear more material from the new album at shows once the record is released on the 22nd.