When first we heard The Temper Trap, it came via the cool flicker of a film projector, splashing images of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt falling in and out of love in 500 Days of Summer. Curiosity then lead us to the Australian band's debut disk Conditions; an addicting, near perfect collection of pop songs that shamelessly shoot for the moon with their massive, arena ready sound And so calls were made, emails were exchanged, and wouldn't you know it? Come CMJ time the dashing young band were here hunkering down in the Guest Apartment. Talk about a whirlwind ride for the band...for us and the band.
In our latest segment of The Guest Apartment, The Temper Trap pair down and showcase three tunes from Conditions in a way you've most likely never heard before. Here the dense textures and overall ambience of the album gets scrubbed away by a wash of acoustic guitars, sparse keyboards, and makeshift percussive surfaces. "Sweet Disposition" - massive on album - is entirely fragile here, with singer Dougy Mandagi's falsetto light as feather upon the instrumental breeze. "Fader", a monstrous song the band admits to writing because they didn't feel they had a pop song that would sell on record (pffft...riiiiight guys), is anything but a beast here. And "Science Of Fear" comes devoid of those DJ Shadow programmed beats that inherit Conditions. We admit, such subtraction from the formula might read a little strange on paper (or your monitor). But the result is a session that's nothing short of genuine from a band we're betting will enjoy a very massive 2010 indeed. - David Pitz
- We're the Temper Trap and this first song is called Sweet Disposition. Sweet disposition. Never too soon. Oh, reckless abandon Like no one's watching you A moment, a love A dream aloud A kiss, a cry. Our rights. Our wrongs. So stay there because I'll be coming over And while our blood's still young It's so young, it runs And won't stop until it's over Won't stop to surrender Songs of desperation I played them for you A moment, a love. A dream aloud. A kiss, a cry. Our rights. Our wrongs. Stay there Because I'll be coming over And while our blood's still young It's so young, it runs And won't stop until it's over Stay there Because I'll be coming over And while our blood's still young It's so young, it runs And won't stop until it's over Won't stop to surrender - Take it away. The next song is called Fader. I'm in transit floating stranded on this boat And I pledge myself allegiance To a better night sleep at home And the sweet, sweet sun's coming down Hard, the sun's coming down Hard, it burns the bones So hold a hand for cover Hold a hand for cover Hold a hand for cover from harm Talk don't change a thing Oh, it's fading fader Words don't sink, they swim Oh, it's fading fader bless this mess we tried our best thats all that we can do While the angels walk with the lonely ones in the cold rain to rescue you And this fable world's coming down Hard, walls coming down Hard, in all our homes So hold a hand for cover Hold a hand for cover Hold a hand for cover from harm Talk don't change a thing Oh, it's fading fader Words don't sink, they swim Oh, it's fading fader Talk don't change a thing Oh, it's fading fader I'm in transit Words don't sink, they swim Ah, sweet as a moment, be that it may Oh, it's fading fader Brakes on Brakes on The car is running empty Brakes on brakes on The car is running empty Downhill Head on This crash is coming slowly Downhill Head on This crash is coming slowly Move Or watch the slow death of your way of life There's a science to fear It plagues my mind And it keeps us right here And it keeps us here My ears My eyes My brain is slowly busting Black smoke Red sky The television's saying Downhill Head on another crash is coming Downhill Head on another crash is coming Move or watch the murder of your way of life There's a science to fear It plagues my mind And it keeps us right here And the less we know The more we sit still My baby's stuck on a road That leads to nowhere Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere, nowhere Brakes on Brakes on Brakes on Brakes on Brakes on There's a science to fear It plagues my mind And it keeps us right here And the less we know The more we sit still My baby's stuck on a road That leads to nowhere Nowhere, nowhere, nowhere, nowhere
The Temper Trap, a London-based rock band whose ambitious and cathartic songs have started to garner them international praise and devoted fans around the globe are revving up for their anticipated Fall US release. Their talents are apparent when you hear the soaring melodies, the hard hitting percussion and the expertly crafted songwriting, but subtly within, there lies a magic that has captivated audiences. On their debut, entitled Conditions, the 4-piece sound larger than the sum of their parts and have won legions of fans with their energetic and crowd elevating live shows. The ten-track album will arrive on North American shores via Glassnote Records on October 13, 2009. Conditions was recorded in Melbourne, the bands original hometown, and London by British producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Bjork, Adele, Kasabian, Massive Attack).
Some people claim first impressions tell you everything. Judging by the band's US reception this past Spring at SXSW, where they played four vigorous, high-octane shows gaining critical acclaim by some of the industry's most influential critics, the band give validity to the statement. The British newspaper The Telegraph, who attended one of their Austin showcases, wrote lead singer's [Dougy Mandagi] high, sweet voice, sails over vast tableaus of scruffy lo-fi music. The Temper Trap make most SXSW bands sound like amateurs. The early acclaim continues; The Temper Trap are already getting airplay at influential US radio stations, KCRW and KEXP.
The centerpiece of the band's instantly familiar songs is the breathtaking falsetto vocals of Indonesian lead singer Dougy Mandagi. He moves up and down the scale, delivering their heart pounding choruses with incredible power and passion. Nowhere is this more evident than on breakthrough track, Sweet Disposition. The infectious song instantly won the band a steady stream of influential fans and played a part in the group earning Band to Watch in '09 honors from the BBC and NME. Sweet Disposition is now featured prominently in the film, the soundtrack and the trailer for upcoming Fox Searchlight's 500 Days of Summer starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which has the internet buzzing with chatter. The song will be released in the US on iTunes on 7/14 to coincide with the release of the film. The ten tracks play like an anthemic collection of epic grandeur brilliantly executed on the bold album opener Love Lost, which sets the tone with climatic crescendos, a band feature. It then moves on to the drum driven, collective sing-a-long melody of Down River and to the energetic, electric guitar propelled Fader. But again, there is that voice, showcased delicately on the heartbreaking Soldier On, defining the band's distinctive and refreshing new sound.
This is a band you can sing to, dance with and dream along side of as you close your eyes and immerse yourself in the youthful exuberance of the album which translates effortlessly onto the stage. These songs are big enough for the masses and intimate enough for Sunday afternoons. America will surely follow suit in the world's love affair with The Temper Trap.