Considering it has been about two decades since Trapt began their career, it has obviously been one hell of a long wait for the Australian crowd to see the California-based four-piece jam out to some of hard rock’s most applauded tracks of the 2000’s. To be heading to a sold out show at the Evelyn Hotel in Melbourne wasn’t as surprising as one would anticipate. Especially as Trapt had themselves one of the most intimate and dedicated audiences of their career, in the Fitzroy-based bandroom, with Two Oceans Pass and Demonatrix doing the honour of warming the Melbournian crowd up before the nucleus of the night.
Bendigo representatives Two Oceans Pass started things off with the show, at least fifteen minutes after doors had opened. The band’s vocalist Jake Turner began the set with a soft background of music from the programmed piano, followed by some violins as he sang in a melodic and emotional tenor range, which built up more and more as the first song progressed. The remaining members of Two Oceans Pass then hopped up onstage from the back to proceed with the formalities. From there, the quartet started softly, only to then slam out a heavier, alternative hard rock number for the remainder of their set. One could describe their sound to be similar to that of Karnivool and Breaking Benjamin. Throughout their set, the vibration of the energetic volume would buzz all over the floor and furniture. With an already packed crowd inside, it appeared that everyone, including myself, were pretty receptive and humble with what Two Oceans Pass had brought to the table.
It had been almost two weeks since I first saw Sydney locals Demonatrix appear at the same venue, supporting Witchgrinder. Back at that show, it didn’t take much for me to enjoy what the quintet were delivering to the stage, that night. Luckily, they were able to do it again, as the other half of Trapt’s support acts. Though, a more gothic approach than what the last group had executed, Demonatrix still maintained that hard-hitting rock n roll persona from beginning to end, opening with a cover of The Prodigy‘s Breathe, along with some heavier and rockier upbeat pieces they offered to the patrons, while sharing their witty and self-deprecative personalities between breaks of each song. While some in the audience may have had a peculiar vibe, as Demonatrix were much different to the two thirds of the evening’s lineup, they eventually warmed up to the Sydney band and gave them plenty of well-deserved kudos within their time slot.
With the room being drowned by the echoing screams of those who were about to feel inoculated by the nostalgic sound of the rebellious, high school anthems of self-confidence and standing alone against the world, the sound of a film reel and epic score music then took place before Trapt stormed onstage, to Still Frame with the whole room participating in singing along and banged their heads to the motions of the guitar and drums. Though, Trapt’s audience weren’t as animated as I was anticipating in the beginning, everyone in the room definitely had that gleam in their eyes that said they were about to witness one hell of a show. Therefore, Vocalist Chris Taylor Brown was setting a goal for everyone in the room to turn their Thursday night into a Friday night and party with everyone, in order to make the night extra special.
Trapt then proceeded to perform a number of other familiar tracks such as Castaway, Bring It, It’s Over, Who’s Going Home With You Tonight?, Echo, Ready When You Are, Contagious and more. Chris Taylor Brown also had a habit of engaging in conversation with the audience in between each song they performed, which led to their set going a little longer than expected. Probably, one big highlight that went down between Trapt and the fans, was the big singalong they had together during Echo, which really set a wonderful atmosphere in the venue. But, also seeing things spark up greater during the band’s most iconic song Headstrong was a much different can of worms to be witnessed, as the crowd were starting to wild out.
To be honest, it wasn’t so much of an amazing show, more than it was a nostalgic one. But, the thing that made that performance so special, was possibly, the reminders of what a lot of Trapt’s songs represented during the rough times in high school and approaching adulthood. But, to be able to catch these guys during their very first trip to the Australian shores, was definitely a welcoming and radiant experience. No matter how long we have to wait for the next Australian visit, it’s 100% safe to say that Trapt are always welcomed back, wherever and whenever suits them.