Temper Trap

Melbourne, Australia's The Temper Trap are currently on their first big tour of the States, and will head into New York later this week for two shows during the CMJ fest: Thursday (10/22) at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets) and Friday (10/23) at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). Already huge in their own country, the band's debut album is currently in the UK Top 40 and their single "Sweet Disposition" (also featured in the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack) is just outside the UK Top 10. Their sound is stadium-ready (I'm talking U2 and Keane) but I do think they have some good songs. I especially like non-single "Down River" and there's no denying "Sweet Disposition" is catchy. So I wouldn't be surprised if the next time they hit town they skip straight to Terminal 5. We'll see.

The MHoW show is a pretty good show overall, where they play with three London bands: the folky, charming Mumford & Sons who were great at Cameo back in March; the underrated, hard-to-pigeonhole Golden Silvers, and Goldhawks who've toured with Temper Trap in the UK and have a somewhat similar sound.

The Bowery show is with Portland's hippy-friendly Portugal. The Man, Boston's country-ish Drug Rug, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel (who play our show at MHoW tomorrow night [10/20]), Cincinnati's anthemic, atmospheric All The Day Holiday, and singer-songwriter Julia Nunes.

A couple Temper Trap videos, plus tour dates, are below...

The Temper Trap - "Sweet Disposition"

The Temper Trap - "The Science of Fear"

The Temper Trap - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 19 The Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Oct 20 The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario
Oct 22 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Oct 23 Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Oct 28 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 29 Great Scott Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 14 Be Cool Barcelona
Nov 15 Moby Dick Madrid
Nov 21 Debaser Slussen Stockholm
Nov 22 John Dee Oslo
Nov 23 Vega (small room) Copenhagen
Nov 25 Moltow Hamburg
Nov 26 Nachtelben Frankfurt
Nov 27 Gebäude 9 - SOLD OUT Cologne
Nov 28 Lido Berlin
Nov 30 Atomic Cafe München
Dec 1 Szene Wien Vienna
Dec 2 Hafenkneipe Zurich
Dec 4 La Casa 139 MIlan
Dec 5 Fri-Son Fribourg
Dec 6 Ulster Hall with Florence and the Machine Belfast
Dec 7 Olympia Theatre with Florence and the Machine dublin, Dublin
Dec 9 O2 Academy with Florence and the Machine Glasgow, Scotland
Dec 10 Apollo with Florence and the Machine Manchester
Dec 11 Engine Shed with Florence and the Machine Lincoln
Dec 13 Brixton Academy with Florence and the Machine London
Dec 14 Brixton Academy with Florence and the Machine London
Dec 17 Doornroosje Nijmegan
Dec 18 Nouveau Casino Paris
Dec 19 Botanique Brussels
Dec 20 Melkweg (small hall) Amsterdam
Dec 21 Koko (SOLD OUT) London
Dec 30 Falls Festival Lorne, Victoria
Dec 31 Falls Festival Marion Bay, Tasmania
Jan 7 Sunset Sounds Brisbane, Queensland
Jan 10 Southbound Festival Busselton, Western Australia
Jan 15 Big Day Out Auckland
Jan 17 Big Day Out Gold Coast, Queensland
Jan 22 Big Day Out Sydney, New South Wales
Jan 23 Big Day Out Sydney, New South Wales
Jan 26 Big Day Out Melbourne, Victoria
Jan 29 Big Day Out Adelaide, South Australia
Jan 31 Big Day Out Perth, Western Australia
Apr 28 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London
Apr 29 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, London and South East

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