When it comes to touring, Trapt admit to being spoiled.
"For 10 or 11 months [last year], it was our own headline tour the whole time," singer Chris Brown said recently, "so we feel best when it's just us out there and just our fans.
"I mean, doing tours with other bands is great — we love to do radio festivals, where there's other bands playing and we get to see people we haven't seen for a while — but really we just like it when we're out at a club, there's 2,000 people and they're all going crazy. We can see each one of them and we can connect with them in that way and just do that every night. That's when we're at our best."
On the band's next outing, the annual SnoCore festival, Trapt get the best of both worlds. The Southern California rockers are headlining a series of club shows, but they also get to travel with three other bands — Smile Empty Soul, Finger Eleven and Strata — along with giant video screens projecting the extreme antics of free-riding snowboarders. The two-month outing kicks off March 4 in Washington, D.C., and wraps up April 17 in Houston.
Trapt are eager to start recording their second album (see "Trapt Feel The 'Echo' Of An Ex"), but they have no complaints about being on the road for so long.
"We've been touring nonstop and it's just a dream come true," Brown said. "We started with 50 fans a night and now it's 2,000, 3,000 a night. ... And we have to keep touring as long as the record's doing good and as long as there's fans who haven't heard the first one. So as long as that's going on, we're going to keep on going and that will give us time to write an even better second record. It's just more songs to choose from."
Before SnoCore, Trapt will finish three Canadian dates with Nickelback and Three Days Grace, followed by two other headlining shows in Canada and two in Northern California (February 20 in Santa Cruz and February 21 in Palo Alto).
SnoCore dates, according to Trapt's management:
- 3/4 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 3/5 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero/Balcony Bar
- 3/6 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
- 3/9 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
- 3/10 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
- 3/12 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
- 3/13 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
- 3/14 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre/Underground
- 3/19 - Syracuse, NY @ Action Sports Center
- 3/22 - Toledo, OH @ University of Toledo
- 3/28 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
- 3/30 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
- 3/31 - Russellville, AR @ Arkansas Tech. University
- 4/8 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 4/9 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
- 4/10 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Ballroom
- 4/17 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion