Power Trip Challenge Trapt to See Who Can Draw More Fans

  • Axl Rosenberg

Trapt frontman Chris Taylor Brown’s multi-day racist, pro-Trump Twitter tantrum about the coronavirus has, unsurprisingly, drawn the ire of multiple prominent members of the metal community.

The push-back seems to have begun with Power Trip frontman Riley Gale, who challenged Trapt to see which band could draw a bigger crowd in the same market on the same night, with the losing band having to donate whatever money they made to charity. Gale even went so far as to offer Brown as many handicaps as he liked — Trapt could choose the market, how much time they had to promote the show, etc. It took Brown a LONG time to entertain the challenge (while declining to provide specifics of when Trapt would take Power Trip up on the offer). Which, frankly, made him look like a coward who was lying about the level of Trapt’s ongoing success… unsurprising, given Brown’s love of our Liar-in-Chief.

The pile-on only grew from there, with members of Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain, Born of Osiris, Chelsea Grin, I Prevail, and a myriad of other bands all telling Brown, in so many words, to go suck an egg.

Perhaps most tellingly, after Brown tried to insult Dance Gavin Dance’s Tilian Pearson, Continental Touring  booking agent Daniel DeFonce (who just so happens to be our guest on the latest episode of The MetalSucks Podcast) pointed out that Dance Gavin Dance are, indeed, a bigger draw than Trapt (and Daniel would know, because, again, he’s a booking agent). Furthermore, Chelsea Grin drummer Pablo Viveros posted the itinerary for Trapt’s now-cancelled spring tour, noting that the band plays rooms with 200 – 500 people… far below the numbers of many of the bands Brown has been shit-talking on Twitter.

You can check out all the action below, courtesy of The PRP.

Noah Sebastian (Bad Omens)






Tilian Pearson (Dance Gavin Dance), Dylan Bowman and Eric Vanlerberghe (I Prevail)






Pablo Viveros (Chelsea Grin), Jake Harmond (ex-Chelsea Grin), Lee McKinney (Born Of Osiris), Daniel DeFonce (Continental Touring/ Unique Leader Records)






Chris Fronzak (Attila), Steve Micciche (Every Time I Die)






Vincent Bennett (The Acacia Strain)






Tyler “Telle” Smith (The World Alive)






Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens)






Ryan “Tuck” O’Leary (Fit for a King)






Elijah Witt (Cane Hill)






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