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"The Trapps - Good Luck or Goodbye? CD Review"

Elmore Magazine – “Saving American Music”
March/April Issue 2007

The Trapps – Good luck or Goodbye? (Self-released)

On their first full CD release, Good Luck or Goodbye?, The Trapps show a diversity of styles held together by Sean Schenker’s writing and vocals. Primarily a rock band, their first cut, “History,” begins with a soothing Native American flute sounds and evolves into a guitar-based jam. Lyrically, there’s both hope and despair as they retell an American history saga. Their sound derives from the southern bluesy tradition of bands like the Black Crowes. Sean’s vocals remind me somewhat of Roger Daltry’s singing, but is no copy.
“Alright Now,” the first radio single (“resonate your radiance and capture that somehow”), has a 90’s Gin Blossoms appeal. “Blood on our Hands” expresses their political bent and has been listed among the top protest songs of all time. A folk ballad with words like “Give me a sign/Send me an SOS/There’s blood on our hands and we can’t go on like this” and “Isolation’s deadly if you can’t see you’re alone”, along with stunning guitar work, help prove the power of music to convey their thoughts.
Good Luck or Goodbye? Is a thoughtful album that combines music and words consistently. While most of the songs from this New Paltz, NY, group are well-crafted, “Count Your Blessings” opens up their louder side and shows that they can rock hard. Think “Synchronicity.” “Disappear,” tells a story of searching (“I asked the kitchen/Tell me the truth/They kept on mixing/They kept on mixing the stew”) with a definite Beatles feel emanating throughout. And don’t miss the great power ballad “Dream.”
The Trapps have recorded a debut CD that shouldn’t be overlooked.
- Gene Knapp
- Elmore Magazine


Discography

Stuck in the Mud (Mishap)- 1996
Morning Ride (Mishap) - 1998
I Look Around (Mishap) - 2000
Zuko 2 Song Demo- 2001
Zuko EP - 2001
The Trapps EP - 2003
Good Luck or Goodbye - 2006
Radio Singles:
Alright Now
I'm Through
Blood on our Hands

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Sean Schenker
www.myspace.com/seanschenker

“Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.” - Aldous Huxley

Sean Schenker is a self-taught musician and singer-songwriter living in Connelly, NY. He has appeared in numerous folk and rock festivals, and he has released several independently released CD's, along with the most recent "Good Luck or Goodbye" with his rock band The Trapps. Sean has won several songwriting awards including the 2006 International Acoustic Music Awards Song Contest for the Best AAA/Alternative Song Category for his song “Alright Now”. This song was also chosen as a featured track on the 2006 Woodstock Film Festival Compilation CD. He has also won the prestigious June 2007 RELIX Magazine June Jam Off Song Contest, with his band, for his song “I’m Through” which landed on the June '07 RELIX compilation CD alongside acts like Wilco & Martin Sexton. His protest song “Blood on our Hands” is a downloadable staple on Neil Young’s website Living with War, chosen as one of the top protest songs of the times. Sean was a featured performer at the 2006 CMJ conference in NYC, and was selected as a featured performer in the 2008 Cape May NJ Singer Songwriter Music Conference. He has been a featured performer at FODFest '08 & he has shared the stage with artists such as Martin Sexton, Mark Olson of the Jayhawks, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and a host of others.

As an artist he understands that the primal essence of a song must stand-alone. His solo efforts are rooted in awakening an audience to the common human experience, and to the truths of the human condition. Armed with a powerful voice and lyrics that linger, Sean is an alarming & inspired solo performer.