Trapt finally came back to play New York City last night after five long years. To open the show they brought along openers 3 Pill Morning and Acidic, making for a night of nonstop rock with no disappointments.
Before the show had even started, Acidic were outside the venue greeting each and every fan as they walked in. Just 10 minutes before their set the guys were still there, chatting and taking pictures with old and new fans. Those that hadn't heard of them before seemed to give them a lot of respect for taking the time, and by the time they took the stage, everyone was inside eagerly awaiting the California rockers. Their energy on stage was perfect for an opener, getting us all going, especially when frontman Mike Gossard jumped on top of the bar before making his way through the crowd during a cover of The Beatles "Come Together". To add to an already great cover, the band brought out Trapt drummer Dylan Howard to play at his set behind Acidic drummer Matt Whitaker. The combination of the two brought a unique and awesome sound. Another highlight of the band's set was the title track and debut single off of their latest album Copper Man. The fast paced guitar and catchy bass line had the entire crowd bouncing as the band closed up their set.
The Gramercy Theater's website had no other opener listed on their site, so when 3 Pill Morning took the stage I was pleasantly surprised. With vocalist Jeff Stebbin's voice similar to Trapt singer Chris Brown's, and instrumentals to match, the band definitely fit on the bill. Marching around the stage in a suit, Stebbins had everyone jumping and bobbing their heads throughout their 45 minute set. They played through a number of songs from their album Black Tie Love Affair. The blend of pop-punk and rock and cutting lyrics warmed us up just in time for Trapt to take the stage.
Out of nowhere, the Gramercy Theater suddenly became packed full as the lights dimmed to welcome Trapt. The crowd exploded immediately, starting a mosh pit at their opening track "Who's Going Home With You Tonight?". The pit continued into "Waiting" from the band's 2005 album Someone in Control. The show felt like somewhat of a throwback to high school, the audience mostly in their early twenties and reliving the days of blasting the self titled debut in their bedrooms. The older tracks were received with incredible energy, and newer ones had everyone jumping and singing along.It's safe to say that everyone at the Gramercy knew almost every word to all of the songs on Trapt's set. The surreal feeling that comes from a room packed full of hundreds of people singing in unison made for a great night.