June 5, 2012 is a very important day for Australian band The Temper Trap for fans and critics alike. Not only is it the first day of their North American tour, but it is also the day their self-titled album will be released in stores. The Temper Trap will feature the singles “Need Your Love" and “Rabbit Hole.” This is the band’s newest album since their 2009, Conditions, which housed the hits “Sweet Disposition,” “Fader,” and “Love Lost.”
The band is now comprised of five members with the addition of Joseph Greer on keyboards and guitar; one of the attributes as to why they have a different, more synth-led sound on this album. When asked what shift the band took this time around, they replied: “The music’s a lot brighter. Some of that L.A. sun seeped in. I mean, lyrically it’s probably more on the darker side. It’s quite interesting how the two opposites complement each other,” (nme.com). Other members include Dougy Mandagi on vocals, Jonathon Aherne on bass guitar, Toby Dundas on drums, and Lorenzo Sillitto on lead guitar.
The story behind the coming together of Mandagi and Aherne is particularly interesting. When they first met, Aherne wanted to learn guitar. Now, anyone who has seen him live knows that to simply “watch” him is an understatement. One cannot just watch Aherne play. He steals the show and indirectly demands your attention with the way his body moves. Either that or your own eyes and body demand to be hypnotized by his rhythm. Aherne most certainly makes you want to be half as passionate about anything in your life the way he is about his music.
The band recently played three NYC shows at The Bowery Ballroom March 28, and The Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 29 and 30 where they debuted some new material. If you missed them, don’t worry; just be sure to snag your ticket for their June 5 show at Terminal 5 where they will be playing all of their new tracks.