Trapt Gets Busy On Sophomore Album

Trapt is in the midst of recording its sophomore Warner Bros. album with plans to release the set later this year. The as-yet-untitled disc is being produced by the band and Don Gilmore (Linkin Park,

Trapt is in the midst of recording its sophomore Warner Bros. album with plans to release the set later this year. The as-yet-untitled disc is being produced by the band and Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Lit) and will feature songs written since Trapt ceased touring last year.

"Three months later we had what we knew was a great record," guitarist Simon Ormandy says. "The songs are a lot more about the everyday conflicts of life, the stuff we've all got to get over, based on situations and circumstances that we personally, or people we know, have gone through."

The album will be the follow-up to the band's 2002 self-titled debut, which peaked in May 2003 at No. 42 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and featured the single "Headstrong," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Modern and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.

The band logged extensive roadwork in support of "Trapt," an experience that has influenced the new album. "We played over 300 shows in 2003 alone," frontman Chris Brown says. "In that process we focused on giving them the best show possible and that's the same commitment we've got to what we're doing in the studio."

After the release of the new set, Trapt will once again hit the road, and plans to go, according to Ormandy, "to places we haven't been before so our music can reach new audiences."

As reported earlier, Ormandy is among the artists who contributed to the recording of the tsunami relief single "Forever in Our Hearts," which will be released via Apple's iTunes music store and raise funds for the Linkin Park-founded charity Music for Relief.