Now we're seeing a similar thing happen with the California alt-metal troupe Trapt. The group's first single, the bristling "Headstrong," has become a fixture on 92.3 FM Xtreme Radio, and Cleveland has led the way in the band's steady climb up the charts. Since the group's self-titled debut was released in November, it's moved close to 30,000 copies -- a solid start for a new act.
"Cleveland is the number-one Soundscan market for the band," says Bill Peters, a local Warner Bros. rep who is working the record. "They can't even keep the record in the stores here. It's kind of exciting to see Cleveland actually breaking a band, like the old days. Back in the '70s and '80s, there was the Alex Harvey Band, Ian Hunter -- all these guys that Cleveland broke with WMMS. It's good to see something like that again."
Local support for Trapt has been strong from the get-go. In December, when the group was in town to play a slot on 92.3's Nitemare Before X-Mas show, Trapt held an in-store appearance at the Exchange in Parma Heights. The group drew more than 300 people on a Friday afternoon.
"The band was shocked," Peters says. "They're young kids, and I don't think they've done many in-stores, and when they saw the line of kids -- which was all the way down the shopping center -- they were speechless. They couldn't believe it."