Formed back in 2005 Australian indie-rock band, The Temper Trap, have more than made their mark on the music scene. In Ireland alone, their single, Sweet Disposition, (most well-known from it’s use in the O2 Treats adverts and also as the soundtrack for the indie movie 500 Days Of Summer) peaked at #6 on the charts here.
Opening the show with first single from their latest self-titled album, Need Your Love, the BRIT award nominated, multi-instrumentalist, quintet sprung onto stage and begun to played an hour-long set consisting of (mostly) new album material and a sprinkle of first-album, Conditions, fan favourites. Lead singer, Dougy Mandagi, received the loudest cheer from the crowd on his arrival on stage just after 9pm. Sporting a leopard print over-sized shirt and skinny jeans, it was obvious that he was ready to make a mark on the sold-out Dublin venue.
The stage production was really incredible. The use of various coloured lights and, what seemed to be, a never-ending cloud of smoke rising from behind the stage, helped to set the atmosphere and create, what seemed to be, an almost dream-like image of the band on stage.
The band were quite surprised by the very enthusiastic crowd who happily sang along and danced around causing Mandagi to exclaim ”Wow! Thank you very much!! You’re a very responsive crowd, Dublin!…you keep enjoying the music and we’ll keep coming back.”
Mandagi’s incredibly high vocal range didn’t go without notice from the sold-out crowd in The Academy with one gig-goer eliciting a gasp at one stage and stating ”Jesus! He sure hits some high notes!”.
The band finished up with an encore of Soldier On and, of course, Sweet Disposition and left the crowd more than anticipating their next Irish gig.
The Temper Trap was released on 18 May 2012 and peaked at #25 on the Irish charts.