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Trapt shows spirit of independence with new album

For Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013

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After tenures with labels both major (Warner Bros.) and independent (Eleven Seven Music), California rockers Trapt opted to go out on its own with its just-released new album "Reborn," and frontman Chris Taylor Brown says there are no regrets.

"We didn't want to have anybody telling us what they think we should do or what they think we should record or how they think we should sound," explains Brown, who also did much of the guitar work on "Reborn" after the departure of Robb [cq] Torres. "It's not scary, but it's a lot more work.

"But it's worth it; I think this is the most organic and best record since the first one we did (2002's 'Trapt'), when we didn't have anyone telling us what to write, either. I think when we're allowed to do what we want and be in our comfort zone, that's when we do the best."

Torres' departure after four years in Trapt was certainly significant, and Brown says it wasn't amicable. "We just couldn't handle him," the frontman explains. "He wanted to do things his way and we didn't see eye to eye. He had to go, and there were a lot of problems before he did." But, Brown adds, Trapt is happy with Torres' replacement, Travis Miguel from Atreyu.

"We've known him for awhile, and our bass player (Pete Charrell) actually recorded with Travis' other band," Brown says. "He comes from a total thrash metal background, and when the riffs come he just slays it. He makes them even harder than the were before. It's pretty cool, and we're happy to have him now."

Trapt, Acidic and Action Blast perform Saturday, Feb. 2 at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 advance, $20 day of show. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

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