Interview with The Temper Trap

Unfortunately I’ve been horrendously busy of late, and reviews have been a bit thin on the ground. However, I did catch up with The Temper Trap‘s drummer Toby Dundas ahead of their upcoming UK tour for The MMP last week, and I thought it would be rude if I didn’t share it on my own blog. I asked him about the bands history, their musical direction, their future plans…OK we talked about football a lot.

P.S. Vynly will be reunited next week so we’ll get straight back to reviewing. I’ve been wanting to do an MCA tribute so bad, but haven’t been able to find the time.

Anyway, here’s my interview, I hope you enjoy:

All good things start somewhere. How did The Temper Trap come to be?

We all met in Melbourne. Dougy (vocals) and I worked together in a store. Johnny (bass) came in one afternoon when the two us were first starting a band and were waiting for another bass player, who never showed up. Lorenzo (guitar) and I had known each other since we were kids and so he then got involved after his band broke up. The timing fell at the right time and it all come together nicely. It’s worked out well.

Your debut album was a phenomenal success, with Sweet Disposition being a real hit. I have to ask – are you all into your football video games? After all, that track featured on Pro Evolution Soccer 2011…

We play FIFA quite a bit. I was playing it on the PSP when we first started out. I’ve been getting heavily into the Premier League for a while now; I’m a big Arsenal fan.

Was working on the second album any different to your first?

It was really different. We spent a lot of time on the first one, though I suppose you kind of spend your whole life writing your first album. The second was done in a shorter period. We spent about eight months writing and a
couple of months recording it over in LA, which was a great experience. The recording environment was really fun; not stressful. It was conductive to throwing ideas around and seeing what you could come up with.

There seems to be an 80s, synthier feel to the new album. Would you say this is the transition from your earlier material?

Yeah, that’s true. We kind of got a few synths while we were touring. Our producer, Tony Hoffer, is really into that kind of vibe; he has a lot of vintage gear and every time we’d try and describe a sound in the studio he’d pop off into another room and come back with a synth under his arm and make a lot of amazing sounds.

Need Your Love – the first single off the new album – has gone viral with it’s accompanying video. What was the inspiration behind that video?

Karate Kid; a classic for people of our generation, a touchstone. Dougy and the director came up with the idea and then brought it to the rest of us. We knew it could be pretty cool and it ended up tying in well with the song. It comes from the angle of the bully in the movie not being happy and getting that extra love. We’re really happy with how it turned out.

Your tour kicks off on May 9. How are preparations coming along?

We’re really excited. It’s going to be one of our first UK shows in over a year. We’ve just done a little warm up tour throughout the USA, so we’re raring to go for the UK.

Luckily for us you’re stopping off in Cardiff, playing at the famous Coal Exchange. Is it a city you like to visit (don’t hold any punches)?

We played Cardiff once before and I remember it being a very good show so I’m exited to go back. We didn’t really get much of a chance to hang out in the city last time – we got in just before the show and had to leave soon after. I’m hoping this tim we’ll get more of a chance to explore the city.

Lastly, what does the future hold for the band. Festival’s are looming  – are there many stops for you this summer?

We’re playing a few this year, like Oxford’s Truck Festival plus quite a lot of stuff in America. We’re also doing a show at Somerset House in London which is pretty exciting. We’ll be playing a few more festivals all over, so we’re all looking forward to the summer.

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