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Trapt get back to what they do best on latest album

of the Oakland Press

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After taking a more experimental and stylistically broader course on its 2008 album “Only Through the Pain,” California hard rockers Trapt decided to return to the tried and true on this year’s “No Apologies.”

“I think our goal was just to make a [i]rock[/i] record,” says bassist Peter Charell. “The last record ... we were definitely pushing the envelope in a few directions, and I think we learned it’s not what our fans expect from us. Those songs don’t necessarily mesh well with some of our other songs in a live show. It wasn’t as much of a rock show playing some of those songs.

“So (‘No Apologies’) was more like, ‘Let’s try to write an album like our first two albums and do what we felt we did best, which was a rock album.”

“No Apologies” is also Trapt’s first album with new guitarist Robb Torres, who replaced co-founder Simon Ormandy in 2008. Charell, 29, says the influx of fresh energy also helped put Trapt back on a heavier path.

“He’s definitely a schooled musician,” Charell says of Torres, who studied music at the University of Miami and was in a band with Trapt drummer Aaron Montgomery. “He knows what he’s doing on the guitar and he knows music theory very well, which helps to some degree. He’s also just a great guitar player and a great rock guitar player.

“And his style’s a little different than Simon’s, too, a little more rock. It ended up being really good. He brought a different flavor in, which we could use at the time.”

Trapt, Since October, Abused Romance and others perform Saturday, Dec. 4, at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-824-1700 or visit www.harposconcerttheater.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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