Drummer Michael Smith Quits Trapt

Drummer Michael Smith has announced his departure from Trapt. This news comes after frontman Chris Taylor Brown continued to make headlines for various far-right political rants and after the band were removed from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter due to his controversial posts.

Smith said the following:

“After playing drums for Trapt for the past couple years, I have decided to step down from the band. This is definitely a bittersweet decision. There have been some ongoing issues (primarily political) throughout 2020 that many of you may know about, others may not.

If you’re curious, it’s just a google search away. I respect everyone’s right to have an opinion on politics. But at the end of the day, I am a musician and my job is to play and create music. So that is what I plan on doing.

As I still communicate and have great relationships with the guys in the band, I will only speak for myself. The stances taken, and publicity received as a result are not representative of myself. Not as an individual, nor fitting or aligned with my personal morals and beliefs. I do not agree with how certain things have been handled towards our fans and the music community who I have such an immense respect for.

I would not be able to have a career in music and/or be fortunate enough to sustain my livelihood without the amazing support of everybody involved (from fans to venue staff, to musician peers, etc.)

So thank you to those out there who have been a part of supporting and enabling me to use my gifts and talents, and allowing me to press forward in my musical journey.

It has been one of the best periods in my life the past couple years. But when it comes down to it, I do not agree with a lot of things morally and the publicity the band has received, mainly this past year in 2020…It is time for me to move on and pursue other avenues and projects.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported my musical journey thus far…

Trapt’s Twitter Account Has Finally Been Suspended

Trapt have been making headlines this year due to their frontman Chris Taylor Brown’s far-right and pro-Trump rants on social media. Eventually, the band ended up getting removed from Facebook and Instagram after Brown voiced his support for far-right, neo-fascist group, the Proud Boys. Now, the group’s infamous Twitter account has been suspended as well. This news comes after Brown used the platform to defend pedophilia between an adult woman and an underage male.

[via Loudwire]

Trapt’s Facebook And Instagram Accounts Were Removed For Violating Community Standards

Trapt have been making headlines this year due to their infamous frontman Chris Taylor Brown’s far-right and pro-Trump rants on social media. Now, the band have been removed from Facebook and Instagram for violating community standards. The accounts were deleted after Brown voiced his support for far-right, neo-fascist group, the Proud Boys. The group commented via Twitter:

2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Reportedly Linked To Over 250,000 COVID-19 Cases

According to a new report, the 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been linked to over 250,000 new cases of COVID-19. That event took place last month and it featured performances from Smash Mouth, Trapt, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, and more.

The following was said in the report:

“Large in-person gatherings without social distancing and with individuals who have traveled outside the local area are classified as the “highest risk” for COVID-19 spread by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Between August 7 and August 16, 2020, nearly 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Sturgis, South Dakota for its annual motorcycle rally. Large crowds, coupled with minimal mask-wearing and social distancing by attendees, raised concerns that this event could serve as a COVID-19 “super-spreader.” This study is the first to explore the impact of this event on social distancing and the spread of COVID-19. First, using anonymized cell phone data from SafeGraph, Inc. we document that (i) smartphone pings from non-residents, and (ii) foot traffic at restaurants and bars, retail establishments, entertainment venues, hotels and campgrounds each rose substantially in the census block groups hosting Sturgis rally events. Stay-at-home behavior among local residents, as measured by median hours spent at home, fell. Second, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a synthetic control approach, we show that by September 2, a month following the onset of the Rally, COVID-19 cases increased by approximately 6 to 7 cases per 1,000 population in its home county of Meade. Finally, difference-in-differences (dose response) estimates show that following the Sturgis event, counties that contributed the highest inflows of rally attendees experienced a 7.0 to 12.5 percent increase in COVID-19 cases relative to counties that did not contribute inflows. Descriptive evidence suggests these effects may be muted in states with stricter mitigation policies (i.e., restrictions on bar/restaurant openings, mask-wearing mandates). We conclude that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally generated public health costs of approximately $12.2 billion”

[via Metal Injection]

Trapt’s Chris Taylor Brown Accused Of Dodging Payments To Music Video Director

According to MetalSucks, Travis Livingstone, who created the cover art for Trapt’s latest albums and directed the lyric video for “Make it Out Alive,” has issued a statement in which he claimed that frontman Chris Taylor Brown is broke and that he has been dodging payments. The allegations were made via the Trapt OFFICIAL Is a Joke Facebook group. This news comes after Trapt reportedly only sold 600 copies of their new album “Shadow Work,” despite Brown’s constant bragging.

Trapt, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Etc. Set To Perform At 2020 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally, Masks & Social Distancing Reportedly Not Required

The 80th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Rally in Sturgis, SD is scheduled to go on as planned amid the coronavirus pandemic. The local city council voted to move forward with the event with PPE guidelines in place for staff, vendors, etc. However, a number of outlets are reporting that masks and social distancing will not be mandatory. The rally will be held on August 7-16 and Smash Mouth, Trapt, Adelitas Way, Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Lit, Quiet Riot, Saving Abel, Night Ranger and more are still set to perform despite the apparent lack of safety measures.

[via The PRP]

Trapt’s New Album Reportedly Sold Only 600 Copies Its First Week, Band Claim They Sold More

Trapt released their new album “Shadow Work” on July 3 and some outlets are reporting that it only ended up selling 600 copies its first week. Despite this, frontman Chris Taylor Brown has since commented saying that the effort actually sold close to 4000 copies. As The PRP pointed out, the numbers may have been off since the record was apparently released in digital outlets on June 19 instead of July 3, but it is worth noting that the effort never made it into the Billboard 200.

Humorously, this news comes after Brown previously made some bold claims about the album:

Trapt Premiere “Make It Out Alive” Lyric Video

Trapt have premiered a lyric video for their song “Make It Out Alive.” This track is from the band’s new album “Shadow Work,” which will be released on July 3.

Chris Taylor Brown commented:

“This song is dedicated to every American doing their best to weather a storm none of us could have been prepared for! We want to dedicate this video to any American who passed away, every person out there on the frontlines taking care of the sick, every mom and dad out there homeschooling their kids, everyone who lost a job, everyone who lost a loved one and everyone who is ready to do what we can to repair the damage that has been done for future generations of Americans. We may be staring into an abyss of the unknown, but like we always do, as a nation we will MAKE IT OUT ALIVE!”

Body Count’s Ice-T On Trapt’s Chris Taylor Brown: “I’m Not Planning On Fighting Him – I Don’t Want To Hurt The Guy”

During his nonstop Twitter rampage, Trapt frontman Chris Taylor Brown ended up challenging Body Count frontman Ice-T to a bare knuckle fight. Now, during a fan Q&A hosted by Kerrang!, Ice-T was asked about the potential fight and he responded by saying he’s “not planning on fighting him.”

Ice-T said the following:

“Yeah, that’s a weird question. I don’t know that, dude! I never heard of the band Trapt before all this started. I think he was in an altercation, he’s speaking of Power Trip and he’s talking shit to Riley.

Now why that started I have no idea, but in the midst of this he went off on the entire Sumerian label – which we’re no longer on, we’re on Century Media. But in the midst of that rant he included Body Count in one of the groups that he sells more records than on Pandora.

And of course, like we say on the street, ‘Keep my name out of your mouth.’ You could say, ‘We sell more records than everyone on Sumerian’ but once he named Body Count, I decided to say something.

I just told him, ‘Keep talking, we’ll bump into each other one day,’ which he took as a threat. Maybe when I bump into him I’ll want an autograph, I don’t know, I just said, ‘I’ll see you.’ That was gonna be it, but he continued to rant and rave and that turned into him wanting to do charity fights.

My boy Danny Diablo jumped in, ‘Don’t speak on Ice-T,’ because believe it or not, people respect me out there (laughs). People were like, ‘Ice, he’s just trying to use you guys for publicity’ and I let it go.

But the theory that you’re going to talk shit to somebody and then get in a charity boxing match, what kind of clown shit is that? Like, really? Nah, nah, if I do bump into him, it’ll be in a parking lot some place and then we’ll see if he wants to repeat his words. I’m not planning on fighting him – I don’t want to hurt the guy, we’ll just see what happens.”

Trapt Premiere New Songs “Make It Out Alive” & “Tell Me How You Really Feel”

Trapt have premiered two new songs, “Make It Out Alive” and “Tell Me How You Really Feel.” These tracks are from the band’s new album “Shadow Work,” which will be released on June 19.