fripodding and trapping: the temper trap


Thanks to a fantastic friend of mine who shares many of the same musical tastes as I do, I found a new band I can’t stop listening to. My friend sent me 13 hours worth of music she loves and thought I would love too. To make a long story short, as of this posting, I’ve only gotten through about 3 hours of music and 1 of those hours happened to be the 1- track album called Conditions by an Australian band called The Temper Trap.

I had never heard of them before, but as I went through each song, I kept being blown away. Have you ever been in the mood for just hearing something new as well as really good? On top of that, you might be looking for a sound you just haven’t heard before? Well, that’s what The Temper Trap was for me. After many repeats, I found that certain songs invoked similarities to other artists I’ve heard before, which isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were some sort of inspiration. Anyway, one song, “Soldier On” sounded like a Led Zeppelin song to me. Another song, “Fader” (nice music video, btw), had a Maroon 5 vibe to it. This is all in my opinion, by the way. But one thing is for sure, I feel these are some original artists and I may not understand what all of their songs are about, but that doesn’t keep me from looping it dozens of times in a single hour.

Coming soon to the Indoob is a Grooveshark widget feature which I will try out on the sidebar. Eventually I’ll change it up since I’d love for others to be exposed to the awesome music I enjoy regulary. This was brought to my attention by my same friend who introduced me to The Temper Trap, who, on a side note, I may be seeing in a couple weeks in NYC. So perhaps there might be a part 2?

But what in the world has come over me? How have I gone on and on talking about this band and not mention their most famous song which I’m pretty sure you’ve heard quite a few times on TV commercials, movie previews (if not the movie itself) and dozens of other places: “Sweet Disposition.” I think the first time I heard it was from (500) Days of Summer. Or a car commercial. Either way, once I heard those first few notes, I was like “I’ve heard this quite a few times on TV commercials, movie previews (if not the movie itself) and dozens of other places!”

And after listening to them practically all week, I finally peeped a few of their music videos. “Sweet Disposition” has 3, officially. I’m only going to post 2, let me know which one out of the two you like better. I think I like the space one, but the lead singer, Dougie, I like his hat. The songs I like the most are “Rest“, “Fader”, “Love Lost”, “Fools“, “Science of Fear” (another awesome video) and “Sweet Disposition.” Not necessarily in that order, but like I said, it’s only a 10 track album and the few I didn’t mention aren’t bad, I just don’t find myself keeping them on repeat as much. But this is one of the few albums I can play straight through without skipping. Sadly, quality albums like this are never long enough for me, hence the repeat button. And I found this fan-made video for “Love Lost” that I thought was pretty cool and I like better than the official, so check it out:

And call me a little crazy, and I don’t blame anyone for thinking I’m trying to make a stretch to connect this band or that last song I played to LOST, but doesn’t the lead singer kinda look like Miles Straume (Ken Leung), or is it just me?

Well I may be back for a special edition and addition post all about how they perform live.  I expect nothing less than great and I can’t wait for their next album… even though this one pretty much just came out.

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3 comments on “fripodding and trapping: the temper trap
  1. Koala says:

    Did I also recommend (500) Days of Summer to you ? I am surprised you didn’t find The Temper Trap then !
    I really want to see them in concert now !

    And yes, I thought the same thing, lead singers looks like Ken Leung !

    I like the first video of “Sweet Disposition”

    The fan video is awesome… they use the same font as (500) Days of Summer I think…

    • t. sterling says:

      (500) Days of Summer was recommended to me by like 5 people. I eventually gave in to watch it after I think the 5th or 6th person told me to watch it.

  2. […] The Temper Trap – Conditions Thanks to a friend and a movie (and a few commercials), this band quickly became one of my favorites to listen to at anytime. I shared this album with a friend of mine who passed it to another friend and we’ve equally agreed that this album is one that fits the background to life. One friend commented that he feels like he’s in a movie while listening to them. I personally feel transported to some realm of musicality. They seem like a word-of-mouth type of popularity. I wish they get some big spotlights if they haven’t already. Even if they don’t, I’ll still be playing them over and over. […]

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