Trap Them

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Trap Them
Trap Them Knitting Factory - Old Office CMJ 2008.jpg
Trap Them live at the Knitting Factory, Brooklyn
Background information
Also known as 77+K7, Trap Them + Kill Them
Origin Salem, New Hampshire, Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Grindcore, crust punk, hardcore punk[1]
Years active 2001–present
Labels Prosthetic Records, Southern Lord, Trash Art!, Deathwish Inc.
Associated acts Backstabbers Incorporated
December Wolves
The Red Chord
No Salvation
Infera Bruo
Past members Stephen LaCour (studio & live)
Mike Justian (studio & live)
Mike Sharp (live)
Scott DeFusco (studio & live)
Nat Coghlan (studio & live)
Chris Maggio (studio & live)

Trap Them is a grindcore band based in Boston, Massachusetts, and Seattle, Washington.


Trap Them's influences include hardcore punk bands, such as Black Flag, Born Against, and Tragedy; metal bands like Dismember and Entombed (whose "buzzsaw" guitar tone create the main guitar sound for Trap Them), and experimental bands like Swans. Ryan McKenney's lyrics tend to deal with issues both personal and political, while recent material has also contained a conceptual element to its lyricism. The group's musical style consists of complex and sometimes discordant guitar work and d-beat and grindcore drumming styles.

Trap Them take their name from the 1977 film by Joe D'Amato called Trap Them And Kill Them, known also as Emanuelle E Gli Ultimi Cannibali and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals. The movie features European exploitation queen Laura Gemser.


Trap Them began as a side-project for Ryan McKenney (former vocalist of Backstabbers Incorporated) and Brian Izzi (guitarist of December Wolves) in 2001 while Izzi was beginning his stint as second guitarist for Backstabbers Inc. The two met while working together at Newbury Comics in Salem, NH and immediately became close friends. The band grew into a full-time consideration years later after both men left BSI to focus on other things. McKenney and Izzi later became roommates and began focusing on new material for the band.

In 2006, the band reached an agreement with the Trash Art! record label to release a vinyl-only EP and a full-length album to be recorded with Kurt Ballou at the God City recording studio and released later that year. The resulting album and single, including a spoken word piece by McKenney, were released in January and April 2007. In late 2007, Trap Them signed with Converge's Jacob Bannon's music label, Deathwish Inc.. They toured Europe in early 2008 with The Ocean and Rotten Sound.

Trap Them worked with crust punk band Extreme Noise Terror for a split EP and toured the U.S. with Napalm Death. A new full-length album, Seizures in Barren Praise, was released in November 2008. In May 2009, the band played on the year's bill for the annual Maryland Deathfest music festival in Baltimore, Maryland. The band went on US tours with Victims and Black Breath in May and June 2009, and Skeletonwitch and Saviours in mid-July.

In 2010 the band released the EP Filth Rations, initially only as a strictly limited cassette release restricted to just fifty copies available at their appearance at the Scion Rock Festival. The EP was later released on Southern Lord Records on 12" vinyl featuring an etching on the B-side by artist Justin Bartlett, who also drew the main cover.

In late 2010, it was announced that in March 2011 the band would release their third full-length Darker Handcraft through Prosthetic Records - their first for the label since signing for them in mid-2009. In April 2011, the band embarked on a European tour to promote the album as main support for the Finnish grindcore band Rotten Sound.

On April 7, 2014, the band announced that they had completed work on their following album, titled "Blissfucker", which was released on June 10, 2014. It was the first album to feature their new bassist, Galen Baudhuin (Infera Bruo), and drummer Brad Fickeisen (No Salvation, ex-The Red Chord).

"Crown Feral", the band's fifth studio album, was released on September 23rd 2016, via Prosthetic Records. The album was again recorded with producer Kurt Ballou at the God City recording studio and featured artwork from artist Mattias Frisk.


Studio albums[edit]

EPs and splits[edit]

Compilation contributions[edit]

  • People Don't Take Pictures of Things They Want to Forget (2003)


  1. ^ Paul Schwartz, "Rotten Sound + The Ocean + Victims + Trap Them", Terrorizer no. 171, June 2008, p. 83

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