|Although the numbers in the crowd may not have been huge for Trapt, the intensity was more than large as the hundreds that were there were savoring every note coming out of the on-stage amps. From the opening song, Stillframe, to the ending encore of Headstrong, Trapt put on a quality show with solid live performances all around.
The band was as tight as just about any one could find playing Promowest Pavilion this year, and whether a fan of Trapt or not, it is hard for one to deny the quality of musicianship coming from the band.
Touring in support of its second Warner Brothers release, Someone in Control, Trapt put together a solid song list that was not top heavy in either direction. With a solid mix of new material and old, the 15-song set was solidly packed with music, and very little crowd banter. Described as a "melding of influences" by singer Chris Brown, Trapt definitely melds a variety of styles live as well as in the recording studio. While Brown moves across the stage like a high bounce ball let loose in a 2x2 foot cell, guitarist Simon Ormandy and bassist Pete Charell seem to revel in the backlight staying as far removed from the spotlight as possible. However, those polar opposites allowed for a near-flawless performance, as Ormandy was able to revel in his playing while allowing Brown to become the feature performer.
It has been nearly two years since Trapt last played Promowest Pavilion to a well-attended outdoor show. Then, it was a $5 ticket in the sunshine and kids freely flowed across the pit, crashing over bodies to make their way en masse to the security pit in front of the stage. Although the crowd this night was smaller, a bit older and bit tamer, those in attendance seemed to enjoy the show just as much.
Since its first single a few years ago, Headstrong, Trapt quickly became a radio favorite band, as the lyrics written by Brown have always seemed to be able to strike a chord with his audience. Although somewhat simple in nature, Brown and Trapt are able to provide deeper undertones with a groove that seems to set the mood for each song, allowing the fans not just a window into the band, but an open doorway as well. Trapt fans feel a close connection to the band because Brown has allowed that connection to flow freely through his lyrics and harmonies.
Trapt may never be the arena-sellout band, but to their fans, the size of the audience doesn't seem to matter. Fans want that close connection that is felt through the music to be felt at the live show, and Promowest Pavilion definitely allowed for that to happen.