Australian indie rock unit The Temper Trap were indie rock's success story just before 2010.
An aspiring group of musicians hailing from Down Under, fronted by former busker musician Dougy Mandangi, they became a sensation on the Australian touring circuit before attracting attention from the UK, releasing their debut album Conditions to commercial success at home and beyond.
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The album was not only an enticing record of euphoric singles, but their hybrid brand of indie rock, synth pop, and electronic music was evidently made for the big stages. Those were also the kinds they happily paraded on as they continued to ride on the success of lead single 'Sweet Disposition', headlining festivals like Splendour in the Grass, V Festival, and even Laneway Festival's official debut in Singapore.
While their self-titled follow-up in 2013 was comparatively a moderate success, the band remained strong in the touring circuit, and the interim period allowed them a short break as they parted ways with long-time guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto at the end of that year.
2016, however, presents a rejuvenated band ready to tackle the world again like they once did.
The band is preparing the release of Thick As Thieves, their third full-length album, and judging from lead single 'Fall Together', it hearkens back to the band's tendencies for spirited stadium anthems, powered by Mandangi's ethereal falsetto.
Two members of the Australian band, namely Mandangi and keyboardist/guitarist Joseph Greer, came through to Singapore to promote the new album, this time without the fanfare of a concert. Reticent but generally affable, the duo shared with us some insights behind Thick As Thieves, and performed their new single in an acoustic setting.
Watch the band perform 'Fall Together':
Here's Lush 99.5FM asking the duo 20 questions — about Snapchat, time-travelling and more: