Temper Trap's Sweet Success

Indie pop/rock quintet discuss their forthcoming self-titled sophomore release
  • The Temper Trap
May 21, 2012 -- 11:43 am PDT

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, indie pop/rock collective the Temper Trap first started making waves in the United States on the strength of their debut album, 2009's Conditions. The band's first single "Sweet Disposition" peaked in the Top 40 in multiple countries, and was featured on the soundtrack to the 2009 film (500) Days Of Summer. In an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, the Temper Trap discussed their new forthcoming self-titled release, their most recent single, "Need Your Love," and advice for aspiring artists, among other topics.

"You can expect something a little different than the last album," says vocalist/guitarist Dougy Mandagi.

"[The Temper Trap] kind of showcases [Dougy's] vocals a little bit more … and there's more synths," adds guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto.

Also featuring bassist Jonny Aherne, drummer Toby Dundas and keyboardist/guitarist Joseph Greer, the Temper Trap will release their self-titled sophomore album in the United States on June 5. The album's first single, "Need Your Love," was originally titled "Rock," and was the final song the band wrote before recording the album.

"We were in the studio during pre-production and Jonny came up with the synth line hook, and it just kind of spawned from there," says Sillitto. "It came pretty quickly, actually."

What would members of the Temper Trap be doing had they not experienced success early in their careers?

"My mom wanted me to be an accountant at first, but now I send money home to her and I think she's proud of me," Mandagi says with a laugh. "It wasn't until we became successful that my dad actually decided that it was a good career move," jokes Sillitto. "But they're always supportive."

It turns out it was a good career move for the Temper Trap, who are currently on tour throughout the United States and Europe, with dates scheduled through November. But success would not have happened without persistence.

"We kept going and just kept doing what we thought was right and that eventually paid off," says Sillitto.


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