When it's time to leave the stage for good, Trapt singer Chris Brown could easily parlay his skills as a songwriter into a career as a motivational speaker.
"Still Frame," the second single from the band's self-titled debut, details the frustration of working toward a goal but feeling like you're not much further along than when you started.
"It's about putting your heart and soul into something and pushing real hard, but just feeling like you're not getting anywhere," Brown said of the tune, which just began surfacing at radio. "You're kind of just stuck in one place. You can't move forward, you can't move backward; you're just stuck.
"Thinking back to the time when you were younger and you had your future figured out and you knew exactly what you wanted to do," he continued, "but as you get older you see how much harder it gets. The closer you get to something, the more you see the reality of how far away you are from it."
"Still Frame" was one of three songs that appeared on the first demo the bandmembers recorded around the time they dropped out of college, a decision that also fed the song. Brown, guitarist Simon Ormandy, bassist Peter Charell and drummer Aaron Montgomery had been serious about starting a band for some time, but it wasn't until then that their passion progressed into an actual vocation.
"We had to prove that we weren't retards for dropping out of school," Brown said. "There was a lot of pressure on us to do this song."
If the members once felt stagnant, Trapt are in anything but a holding pattern now. First single "Headstrong" has been a rock radio staple for weeks, and the Southern California quartet have been touring nearly nonstop since the release of Trapt, which has sold more 445,000 copies, according to SoundScan.
Even if Trapt have gotten past their "Still Frame" phase, Brown has a simple solution for anyone finding themselves in that predicament: listen to the determined "Headstrong."
"You just keep pushing," he said. "You just keep going. If you keep pushing at every obstacle that gets in your way, you'll make it after a while."
Trapt's tour schedule lightens up in the middle of the month, but they won't be resting on their laurels. Instead, they'll be thinking about the video for "Still Frame," which Brown said Marcos Siega (P.O.D., Blink-182) has expressed interest in directing.
If Brown has his way, recently shot performance footage will be combined with still photos of fans in their everyday lives — at home, work, school, etc. The pictures would be pasted on every bit of wall space in a bedroom where the band would also be seen performing. As the camera zooms in on one of the photos, it will come to life, starring the fans who submitted the shot.
Meeting the faces behind the photos is Trapt's top priority when they take to the road. "We're just trying to do as many shows as we can and meet as many fans as we can," Brown said.
Trapt tour dates, according to Warner Bros. Records:
- 7/11 - Saint Helens, OR @ Columbia Meadows
- 7/19 - New York, NY @ Randall's Island
- 7/21 - State College, PA @ Crowbar
- 7/22 - Boston, MA @ Axis
- 7/24 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 7/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
- 7/26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rolling Rock Town Fair
- 7/27 - Dewey Beach, DE @ Bay Center
- 7/29 - N Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 7/31 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
- 8/1 - Tampa, FL @ Masquerade
- 8/2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
- 8/3 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
- 8/6 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 8/7 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
- 8/8 - Columbus, OH @ Promo West Pavilion
- 8/9 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
- 8/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Knights of Columbus
- 8/28 - Pueblo, CO @ Events Center
- 8/29 - Lincoln, NE @ Bob Devany Sports Center