photos by Justina Villanueva, Words by Black Bubblegum

Trap Them @ America in New Brunswick, NJ
Trap Them

Trap Them played two area shows in the past few days, April 8th at a New Brunswick, NJ basement show, and April 11th at the much bigger Gramercy Theater supporting the mighty Napalm Death. Justina caught the quartet in NJ (pics in this post), and though she missed their set at Gramercy, she did catch them outside the venue (the other pics in this post). I caught their Gramercy set.

Coming on at 7:30 as the first of a five band lineup is no easy task, but Trap Them played a tight set of hardcore and grind influenced Swedish Death Metal to the half-full Gramercy Theater. Fantastic as always, but now with new drummer Jeff Lohrber (Harlots, Dead To Fall, Today Is The Day). He replaced Mike Justain. Admittedly, Lohrber was off putting at first; he is so smooth and relaxed behind the kit, playing blast beats like he's in a jazz band. It took me a few songs to realize that this smiling drummer was actually pulling it off, and well. I will miss the showy intensity of Mike Justian, but Lohrber got skills.

You'll have more chances to check out Lohrber and Trap Them in the coming months, as the band lined up more tour dates with Swedish d-beat monsters Victims and promising newcomers Black Breath including May 25th at Lit Lounge as part of the Precious Metal 3rd Anniversary and June 11th at The Charleston. All dates below.

Seattle's Black Breath recently dropped their self-released EP Razor To Oblivion, and are streaming the whole thing at their myspace. The band has also made the title track available for download, check out "Razor To Oblivion" above.

More pics, and all dates, below....

Trap Them at America, New Brunswick, NJ...

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Trap Them outside Gramercy ...

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Trap Them's setlist, April 12, 2009 at Gramercy...

Toxic Holocaust

April 14 2009 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater*
April 15 2009 Sudbury, ON @ Serbian Center*
April 17 2009 Worcester, MA @ New England Metalfest*
April 18 2009 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon*
April 19 2009 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*
April 20 2009 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club*
April 21 2009 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox*
April 22 2009 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero*
April 23 2009 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade*
April 24 2009 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11*
April 26 2009 Austin, TX @ Emo's*
April 27 2009 Houston, TX @ Meridian*
April 28 2009 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit*
April 29 2009 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre*
April 30 2009 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre*
May 01 2009 Phoenix, Arizona @ The Clubhouse*
May 02 2009 San Diego, CA @ SOMA*
May 03 2009 Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club*
May 04 2009 San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom*
May 05 2009 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 06 2009 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 08 2009 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
May 09 2009 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
May 10 2009 Lubbock, TX @ Tequila Jungle
May 11 2009 Oklahoma City, OK @ Marquee
May 12 2009 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 13 2009 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
May 14 2009 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
May 15 2009 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
May 16 2009 Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
May 17 2009 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
May 18 2009 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
May 24 2009 SONAR Maryland Death Fest BALTIMORE, Maryland
May 25 2009 LIT LOUNGE, NEW YORK, New York**
May 26 2009 WEBSTER UNDERGROUND, HARTFORD, Connecticut**
May 27 2009 GREAT SCOTT, BOSTON, Massachusetts**
May 29 2009 FORWARD HALL, ERIE, Pennsylvania**
May 31 2009 BORG WARD, MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin**
June 1 2009 TRIPLE ROCK, MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota**
June 2 2009 SUBTERRENEAN, CHICAGO, Illinois**
June 4 2009 TBA, BIRMINGHAM, Alabama**
June 5 2009 HI TONE, MEMPHIS, Tennessee**
June 6 2009 DRUNKEN UNICORN, ATLANTA, Georgia**
June 7 2009 PARK, CHARLESTON, South Carolina**
June 8 2009 BREWERY, RALEIGH, North Carolina**
June 9 2009 HIDEAWAY, JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee**
June 10 2009 TALKING HEAD, BALTIMORE, Maryland**
June 11 2009 CHARLESTON, BROOKLYN, New York**
June 12 2009 THE BARBARY, PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania**
* with Napalm Death, Kataklysm, Toxic Holocaust, Coliseum
** with Victims, Black Breath