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.
Unless you've been under a rock for the past five months, you've heard of the Indie group Temper Trap. Australian natives Dougy Mandagi, Jonathon Aherne, Lorenzo Sillitto, Sebastian Kirwan, and Toby Dondas have been taking the U.S. by storm.
"It's been absolutely amazing. We're just glad to be out here and doing something," the band said. Their debut single "Sweet Disposition" hit the Billboard charts top ten almost overnight, and album Conditions became an instant classic for hungry Indie Rock lovers, seeking something out of the norm. But be careful placing them in the dreaded Indie Genre Box. "We describe it as Alternative Rock. It's alternative to things that are going on out there. Indie is such a bastardized term these days. We're trying to do something a little different," they explained.