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The Temper Trap

Aug. 1 • Madison Theater

By Deirdre Kaye · July 31st, 2012 · Sound Advice
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Nearly everything in music has already been done. To a certain extent, once you dive into each genre or subgenre, all bands start to sound alike. That goes for Australia’s Indie/Pop/Alternative group The Temper Trap, too.

Don’t get me wrong. I like The Temper Trap.

However, like so many bands out already, The Temper Trap has that Coldplay-Muse-U2 thing going on in their music. There’s a lot of pedal in use and tons of … banging. On the group’s last album, Conditions, they even added in some Arcade Fire-esque clapping. Who doesn’t love clapping? Bono and those other guys have sold tons of albums with this kind of sound.

People like guitars and drums and easy-to-understand lyrics. Why shouldn’t the boys from Temper Trap capitalize on that?

It’d be unfair not to mention that the band is good at it, too. The group isn’t some third-rate cover band. The Temper Trap writes its own lyrics, comes up with its own riffs and (probably) works hard to put out great albums.

Just because everything “new” has already been discovered doesn’t mean that something old/overplayed can’t be enjoyable, right?

The Temper Trap is definitely enjoyable. Plus, the band has the bonus secret weapon of lead singer Dougie Mandagi’s voice, which is quite unique. 

Temper Trap takes what’s already been done but does a great job at making it its own.

THE TEMPER TRAP performs Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Madison Theater with guest Wild Belle. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.



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