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Alternative metal band Trapt comes to Strummer’s

The hard rock band Trapt plays Saturday, Aug. 29 at Strummer’s in Fresno.
The hard rock band Trapt plays Saturday, Aug. 29 at Strummer’s in Fresno.

After being a band for nearly two decades, Trapt finally has the lineup it was waiting for.

“It’s really obvious now,” says singer Chris Taylor Brown in advance of the band’s all-ages show Saturday, Aug. 29 at Strummer’s in Fresno.

“The band’s never been better,” he says.

Brown started the alternative metal band with bassist Pete Charell while the two were still in high school. Within a few years, the band was signed to Warner Bros. and released its self-titled debut, which featured the single “Headstrong.” The song was No. 1 on Billboard’s mainstream rock and modern rock charts and earned the band some mainstream success – and slots opening for the likes of Mötley Crüe, Nickelback and Chevelle.

Currently, Brown and Charell are joined by drummer Dylan Thomas Howard and guitarist Ty Fury, who joined the band last year and has played with Motograter and Scott Weiland’s band The Wildabouts. Trapt plays Fresno in the midst of a national tour in support of its upcoming album “DNA,” which is slated to be released in October on Crash Collide records. The album follows the release of 2013’s “Reborn” and more than a year of legal back-and-forth with a former guitarist that was only recently resolved, Brown says.

Sonically, “DNA” is a mix of the band’s first two albums, Brown says. Lyrically, it represents the kind of active and honest conversations the band has with its fans on social media.

“The album embodies that,” Brown says.

The first single, “Passenger,” was released in June.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee


Concert preview

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
  • Strummer’s, 833 E. Fern Ave.
  • Tickets: $10.51, all ages
  • 559-485-5356,