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The Temper Trap @ Havana Club De Luxe
01/04/2009

I have never felt more a part of the zeitgeist than last night. The Temper Trap, to put it bluntly, are so now. Like Wavves was mid-December last year, No Age circa 2006 and Weezer pre-1994 before them, Melbourne’s Temper Trap are so tragically hip and beautiful that with the simple turn of a day-by-day "famous quotes" calendar - they could implode at any moment and be yesterday’s news. But when you’re so "now" and armed with a devil-may-care attitude, you only need one day to bring the ruckus.

Packed into a "Oxford St. night spot" several other "important" media high flyers and myself were treated to an intimate showcase of the band’s upcoming debut album, which their manager (maybe not manager but he was older and wearing smart casual attire) explained would not be released for ten weeks. That’s how now they are. They can launch an album three months before it’s released. Because they are The Temper Trap.

On paper, it’s all there: actual good songwriting, instrument swapping, killer alt vibes, sweeping vocals, cool hats and good catering (mini chicken burgers!!!) - yet I cannot help but wonder what it would be like if The Temper Trap ripped up said metaphorical paper and did away with the rules. I’ll be super interested to listen to the record once it drops, if I can remember them in ten weeks time. Even if I have forgotten them completely, at least on April 1st, 2009, The Temper Trap were the epitome of "now". Alternatively, in ten weeks time I could be eating all of my words when they are the biggest band on the planet, so let’s see.

Originally published at: Twelve Major Chords

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gemdilem

So what was the new songs like?

I'm interested to see what happens to the Temper Trap.. it's felt like they have been on the edge of becoming big for a while now...

10 weeks is a long time to wait for the album

5 years ago

Jonny Yes Yes

unoffensive, completely accessible, nothing spectacular..

5 years ago

Jonny Yes Yes

sure yes.. that last comment was a bit 'douchy' ... but yes... i can see how/why they will be big but also don't really think they are breaking any new ground... sounding even more restricted than their early stuff... i dunno.. i eagerly wait to hear the album either way

5 years ago

ivan

weren't the cuntz supposed to essplode liek 2 years ago with da mercy armz?

anyway, saw them at oxford arts, sweet disposition was great, the rest is boring batshit inluding the song about being upriver with out a paddle or something

5 years ago

Jonny Yes Yes

YESSSSS... there are a whole bunch of 'bands that were supposed to blow up by now'... right? young and restless...?

oh.. i do think the mercy arms situation had a lot to do with being signed to capitol and then getting caught up in the capitol 'holy shit the music industry is fucked' thing...

5 years ago

kidalias

Weird venue for a showcase. Air con was crazy cold, which was a welcome contrast to the fiery depths of the Hoey. Relevance to the band? Nil.

Bassist-Jonny was so happy and sway-y. I was thinking that maybe internationals become engaged when they hear Doug's accent? It borders on American.

5 years ago

(nobody)

boring band. boring music, lets all move on and find something real.

5 years ago

(nobody)

THIS BAND SUCKS, I WILL NEVER GO AND SEE THEM AGAIN.

4 years ago

quack

you tell em ray

4 years ago

(nobody)

don't write them off yet...saw them at The Big Day Out Australia and the crowd loved em...1000's can't be wrong.

4 years ago

Lochy

ADFX has a point, I am struggling to find any point in history where 1000's have been wrong.......any ideas?

4 years ago

kidalias

Thousands wrong at BDO? Never.

4 years ago

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