Guitarists often change instruments during concerts for different tunings or because the one they've been using is starting to smell like wet dog. Soak in the sounds with this GrouponLive deal to see Trapt at Mojoes in Joliet. For $20, you get general admission for two on Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40 value, including fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Trapt’s recently leaked stinger, “Love Hate Relationship,” lures in listeners with a prelude of soft, billowy distortion and synthesizer that’s atypical of the Californian nü metal powerhouse. After teasing fans with new tools from its toolbox, the band disrupts the calm with the raw thunder of stampeding drums and tornado riffs. As the song snowballs into its clenched-fist chorus, singer Chris Taylor Brown’s croon sojourns from a gentle plea to a full-throated demand. Rich dynamics and structural trickery such as these defines Trapt, who continue to subvert and fulfill expectations on their 2012 tour.
Formed in 1997, Trapt caught fire like love notes from exes with its 2002 self-titled major-label debut, which earned platinum status behind the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart-topper “Headstrong.” The wide-spread success of the lead single exposed large audiences to the band’s melodic angst, built upon Peter Charell’s groove-tilling bass lines, Robb Torres’s swirling, ambulant guitars, and Brown’s passionate roar. That cathartic anthem for the jilted lead to more hit singles, such as “Still Frame” and “Echo,” and laid the groundwork for three more hit albums.
One Reborn, Trapt’s sixth studio album scheduled for a November 20 release, the band boldly experiments with synths, delay, and reverb to add extra menace and atmosphere to their core sound. For this tour, Trapt pleases die-hard fans with a mix of greatest hits and newly poisoned valentines, which its members perform with breakneck energy as they carry on their lifelong vendetta against Cupid. Chicago’s Killtherobotsdead sets the tone with a set of dark, android-antagonizing rock propelled by the caterwaul of singer Melinda Arce.
With two stories, four bars, a massive soundboard that Phil Spector would drool over, and 12,600 square feet of room for music to roam, the entertainment complex of Mojoes polishes sonic heirlooms and gives fans breathing room for full-lunged sing-alongs. Polished hardwood floors accentuate a cozy, couch-laden lounge area—a decided class that extends to the concert area in the form of a giant chandelier hanging overhead.