Alternative rock band Trapt will release their new studio album DNA on August 19th so Palace of Rock had a little chat with bassist Pete Charell about line up changes, their fans and Pokemons.
Hello there, the band is currently on the road and about to kick off the Make America Rock Again tour. How is tour going so far?
Trapt has been around for 20 years but with record sales going down for most bands, what keeps you going?
The band has been through many line up changes with at least 3-4 different drummers and guitarplayers, is the job as a drummer and a lead guitarist too touch to handle?
You have worked with some of the best producers in the music industry like Don Gilmore, Garth Richardson and Johnny K. How much did it affect the band´s sound working with them and were you always happy with the result of each album?
The official music video of Headstrong has the impressive 16 million views on Youtube. Is it possible to exclude your biggest hit from the setlist on stage or will the fans go berserk?
Your new studio album DNA is coming out this August, I think it´s an album that stays true to the typical Trapt sound but the production feels a bit more organic. Was it hard to produce the album yourselves?
I think you can call DNA a fan album, they were involved in both a crowd funding campaign in the making of the album and as inspiration for various topics in the lyrics. Is this your way of saying thank you to the fans?
The opening track Human (like the rest of us) is a bloody great rocker, one of your best songs so far in my opinion. Was this one of the first songs written for DNA?
You released the band´s first ever acoustic album The Acoustic Collection in 2014 and on the new album, there are 4 acoustic versions of Human, Passenger, Castaway and Tangled Up In You as bonus tracks. Never thought about recording any cover songs?
It´s been 8 years since the release of your only live album Trapt Live on Eleven Seven Music, are there any plans of recording a new live album soon?
Everybody is running around like crazy chasing Pokemon characters in the new game Pokemon Go! Perhaps this should be the new way of releasing songs through an application where people can go out and search for songs with GPS coordinates.So what do you say, how about launching Trapt Go?