Cruefest came to Cincinnati on Tuesday August 19th. Trapt took the stage shortly after 5 P.M. and played a collection of songs including “Headstrong”, “Still Frame”, “Stand Up”, “I Believe” and their new single, “Who’s Going Home with You Tonight”.
I thought Trapt was good, but their music is more on the alternative rock side, than hard rock. Out of all of the bands on the Cruefest bill, I thought Trapt seemed a little out of place. They were the least heavy act in Cruefest. Their sound wasn’t the only thing that seemed to greatly differ from the other acts on Cruefest.
The members of Sixx A.M. Papa Roach, Buckcherry and Motley Crue, have more tattoos on their skin than most bands I have seen live. Trapt looked like a clean cut bunch of corporate rockers. Their image has nothing to do with their sound. They were good live, but when comparing them to the rest of the acts on the Cruefest bill, they were nothing more than an o.k. warm up act. They didn’t have the energy of the other bands on this bill. I was glad that I got to see them, and I did enjoy hearing a couple of their songs. Their live performance wouldn’t draw me to another show.
From a business perspective, putting Trapt on this bill makes sense. The band has a solid fan base, and have sold a ton of albums. I hope for Cruefest 2009, they pick some bands that better fit the hard rock genre.
The slideshow below are some of the pictures I took during the Trapt set. Enjoy!