Trapt is an alternative band from Los Gatos, California. The band formed in 1995, after meeting in high school, with members: Chris Taylor 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…".

Trapt announced in late fall/early winter 2009 they were working on a new album for summer or fall release in 2010. On July 20, 2010, Trapt released their first single "Sound Off," for the upcoming album "No Apologies," due out in stores October 12, 2010. Updates, along with an EPK, for the upcoming album is available on their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (official trapt) accounts.

Driven by the gutsy lead vocals and savvy songwriting of John Cusimano, The Cringe has been bringing their blend of politicized power pop and big-belt-buckle blare to fans across the country since 2004. The band's first two albums, Scratch the Surface and Tipping Point, tipped the neo-grunge scales towards the polished blast-pop of the Foo Fighters and The Vines, but within those melodic contours lurked the ragged heart of first-generation indie bands from the Minutemen to The Replacements.

That artful, aggressive dynamic has been pushed to the hilt on The Cringe's new third full-length album, Play Thing, which kicks The Cringe up several gears in creativity, cojones and killer instinct. Play Thing showcases some of the band's heaviest, headiest moments to date, including the prog-infused "Poison," the art-thrash excursion "Where It Hurts," and the album's first single, "No Control," with its whiff of Soundgarden psychedelia and early Pumpkins snarl.

Containing some of Cusimano's most mature songcraft to date—the cautionary tale "Give and Take" is a case in point—the album is the result of a painstaking writing process and a rigorous recording ethic, a creative collision of analog purists and digital renegades, both committed to creating the strongest possible album. Recorded with longtime engineer Steve Hardy (Vertical Horizon, The Upwelling), and with input from legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, XTC), Play Thing was anything but kid stuff in the studio.

"You wouldn't know it from the title," laughs Cusimano, "but, as fun as it could be, making Play Thing was definitely not always a playful process. We didn't let anything go until we were all 100% behind it, and that required a lot of extra sweat and tears. But we truly believe that the end result makes it all completely worth the effort."

The New York City band—whose members include lead guitarist James Rotondi (ex-Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Matias (ex-Crash Moderns) and drummer Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live Band, Bruce Springsteen)—have been lauded both for their incendiary performances and top-flight musicianship: "Cusimano's infectious and insightful songwriting is the foundation for the band's dynamic mix of artful, harmonic power pop and raw, aggressive punk garage-band energy," enthused All Music Guide's review of the band's 2007 sophomore release, Tipping Point.


Transitshop's Chris O'Brien first started playing guitar at the age of 12 and went on to develop his skills as a rock lead guitarist. Primarily focusing on distorted tones and complex solos in bands led by others, he found himself sidelined with a shoulder injury in 2009 that hindered his lead guitar ability. After a period of fevered inspiration, he crafted the lushly epic alternative/indie-pop persona that is heard on his trio's debut, Velocity (Rock Ridge Music). The stunning debut is an infectiously catchy hybrid of classic 1980s new wave transcendence and potent modern pop-punk dynamics.

"I never thought I would write songs, but when the injury slowed me down for a bit, I just started honing in on this specific sound with clean guitars, synthesizers, fast running bass-lines, and driving drums," O'Brien reveals. In 2010 he formed Transitshop and issued the band's debut EP.

O'Brien first gained production experience by working with others on short music projects for film, TV and advertising. With this panoramic musical perspective he has been able to architect the euphoric and dreamy Transitshop aesthetic.

The shimmering guitars, richly longing vocals, and urgently powerful rhythms on Velocity make it a passionate and captivating debut. The gorgeous "Life Goes On" bursts forth with airy keyboards, liquid guitars, heart exploding drums, and sweet and luxuriously pining vocals reminiscent of Morrissey. But unlike the melancholic Smiths leader, O'Brien brings an unflinchingly upbeat message. "That song is about life throwing curveballs, and figuring out how to deal things that are out of your control" he says. The luminescent nostalgia of "Be There Again" poses a familiarly poignant question: What if I acted differently at a crucial point in my life, how would things turn out differently?

Transitshop is rounded out by the fluid rhythm section of bassist Rob Felsted Jr. and drummer Derek Gallagher. The three-piece has been favorably compared to both atmospheric bands like The Cure, The Police, Crowded House and The Cars, and more modern acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, Tokyo Police Club and The Bravery. The band's previously issued independent EP debuted at #20 on the CMJ's Top 200 Radio Chart , and tracks from it received play from over 50 FM stations nationwide. Transitshop's emotionally charged live show continues to mesmerize audiences where they've shared the stages with such diverse and established bands as Alkaline Trio, Walk The Moon, A Silent Film, Empires, An Horse, State Radio and more. During the winter of 2013 Transitshop joined Candlebox on part of the multi-platinum Seattle band's 20th anniversary tour.

The trio came into its own the summer of 2011, right after its inaugural EP release. "I was really in the zone then. It felt like everything was coming together. Instead of writing one song like this, and one like that, the songs had a cohesive flow to them," O'Brien says. Through online networking he met Detroit-based producer Matt Dalton (Chiodos, I See Stars, These Hearts, Attila, For The Fallen Dreams, Stephen Christian) who helped streamline song arrangements and find otherworldly guitar tones. Velocity was partly recorded with Dalton at 37 Studios in Detroit and at Thermal Productions in New Jersey with Stephen McKnight

Reflecting on Transitshop's journey so far, Chris O'Brien says: "It's been tremendous, we've gotten great radio responses and we've been able to open for some awesome bands who we've really looked up to. It's been cool to do some of the things that we've done. We want to keep playing new places and continue to reach new people."

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