- Justin Fox
The Temper Trap The Egyptian Room Tuesday, July 31
Hailing from the land down under The Temper Trap brought indie pop rock to Downtown Indianapolis on Tuesday night for the first time ever. Having released their second self-titled album earlier this year The Temper Trap rocked out to familiar hits from their first record before testing out their newer songs on the enamored audience.
Newcomer, Wild Belle, opened with an admirable short set of relaxed indie rock with hints of jazz, funk and reggae. The single "Keep You" entranced the audience into a feeling of poolside ease.
The Temper Trap played a variety of songs that showcased frontman Dougy Mandagi's outstanding voice that ranges from a mellow whisper to a rangy trill. The band made full use of the lighting techniques synchronizing each of their songs with flashes of orange and blue strobes sending the adoring fan base into a roar as each song finished. While performing Mandagi acted as if he were the only one there dancing to his own unique style mirroring the Hawaiian shirt he wore.
The band ended the show with a 10-minute long instrumental serenade cascading the audience into a soft sway back and forth then reenergizing them with a strong use of the drums to end in a truly spectacular (and loud) fashion. They quickly left the stage without having performed their chart topping song, "Sweet Disposition." They would return minutes later for their encore ending on that very song swooning the audience into satisfaction.
The Temper Trap is truly a band that must be experienced live to truly realize the energy they put into their music. That can be said for a number of bands, but The Temper Trap realizes that energy and funnels it outward to the audience whilst staying true to the sound of their recordings.