The Temper Trap @ Tut’s 12-05-09

May 20, 2009

THE TEMPER TRAP
King Tut’s, Glasgow, May 12 * * *

It was a good turnout tonight for The Temper Trap’s first Scottish date. The hype has been building for the Australian quintet with their name appearing on numerous “ones-to-watch” lists. However whether they’re worthy of the increasing amount of press, on the basis of tonight’s performance, is hard to say as although it was a competent display their set lacked the kind of knockout songs capable of separating a band from the indie-pop pack.
Theirs is an eclectic sound. On set highlight Down River there was more than a whiff of Arcade Fire, the song’s more direct approach getting the five-piece back on track after fairly average opener Rest.
Much has been made of singer Dougy Mandagi’s voice but as the set progressed his falsetto, although soulful and delivered with passion, did start to grate. It worked best on U2-inspired Sweet Disposition but by final number and recent single Science Of Fear it felt over-played.
Vocals aside, Resurrection – thanks in no small part to Toby Dundas’s creative percussion – showed plenty of promise but like a good deal of what went before it threatened much but just came up short at the crucial moment.

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