March 29, 2012 8:28

The Temper Trap: 'Our new album is a lot brighter'

Singer Dougy Mandagi reckons 'LA sun' has seeped into new record

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The Temper Trap have revealed that their new album is "a lot brighter" than their previous work.

Speaking to Billboard, singer Dougy Mandagi said that although the lyrics from their new self-titled record, which is released on May 21, could be considered dark and gloomy, the music itself was more upbeat than on their previous album 'Conditions'.

He said:

The music's a lot brighter. Some of that L.A. sun seeped in. I mean, lyrically it's probably more on the darker side. It's quite interesting how the two opposites complement each other.


Last week (March 24), the Australian band unveiled their brand new single 'Need Your Love', which will be released on May 7 – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.

Speaking to NME previously about the album, the band have described it as a "dark, synth led" record. Lead guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto also revealed that the band's record label had made it clear that they expected the outfit to produce a hit that scores the same level of success as their breakthrough single 'Sweet Disposition'.

He said of this: "There's a huge expectation from our label and fans to record another song as big as 'Sweet Disposition'. That puts pressure on you to succeed."

The Temper Trap will tour the UK in May in support of the album, playing a total of eight shows across the country. The gigs begin in Falmouth at the Princess Pavilions on May 9 and run until May 22, when the band play the second of two shows at London's KOKO venue.

The band were also confirmed as the headliners of Oxfordshire's Truck Festival earlier this week.


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