The Temper Trap Opens New Eyes

June 6th, 2012

The Temper Trap – Terminal 5 – June 5, 2012

To be honest with you, aside from “Sweet Disposition” and the exposure it got from the movie 500 Days of Summer, I knew very little going into the Temper Trap’s show last night at Terminal 5. So when they ripped into their first song with booming drums and upbeat, dance-y rock it was a bit of a surprise. The Australian band kept adding things to the mix with each song, showing off their three-part vocals during a synth-heavy “Need Your Love” and five-part vocals during the cleaner guitar of “Love Lost,” the first of many songs for which the crowd became screamingly happy. Those in the sold-out room had all eyes on the band throughout the hour-long set, up through a loud finale that preceded a sweet encore, which included the powder keg of a song “Soldier On,” another surprisingly bombastic track. And after the off-balance waltz of “I’m Gonna Wait,” the band thanked the crowd and closed with, of course, “Sweet Disposition.” —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Greg Notch |