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Startling vocals elevate these indie-rock anthems above the stadium-chasing pack. It’s easy to be ham-fisted when making emotive, arena-ready rock but Australia’s The Temper Trap avoid that pitfall with a measured touch that manifests itself best in the shimmering, hypnotic riff on “Sweet Disposition” and the dancefloor echoes beneath “Science of Fear”’s thrusting riffs. Moreover, they’re fronted by a singer of rare quality. Dougy Mandagi’s gliding falsetto brings intimacy to all the sunburst choruses and more emotional depth than there should be to “Sweet Disposition”’s booty call of “Stay there, ’cos I’ll be coming over.”


Formed: 2005 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With their choirboy vocals and panoramic pop/rock sound, the Temper Trap began building an audience in Melbourne, Australia, where the band first rose to local acclaim after playing St. Jerome's Laneway Festival in March 2006. The Temper Trap released their debut EP that same year, and word of the group's potential soon spread to other continents. Veteran British producer Jim Abbiss (who previously worked on the Arctic Monkeys' debut) saw enough promise in the Temper Trap's material to fly to Australia,...
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