The Temper Trap have said that they are “reaching the end” of recording their third album.
Speaking to Triple J radio in Australia, frontman Dougy Mandagi revealed: “We are reaching the end. I love touring, I love performing; now that I can kind of see [the finish] in the distance – I’m getting giddy.” He continued: “There’s a lot more guitars on this record… it’s probably more upbeat, up-tempo songs compared to the last record [and] faster songs with a few sombre moments here and there.”
The band are currently working at Montreal’s Golden Ratio studios with producer Damian Taylor (The Killers, The Prodigy, Bjork). The new LP features tracks called ‘Riverina’, ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’ and ‘So Much Sky’, which was inspired by a trip to Tanzania that Mandagi and bassist Jono Aheme made a year ago. “As a band we have a water project there that we’ve been involved with and that’s the reason why we went – to see it firsthand,” said Mandagi. “We got to hang out with the Massai tribe – got to see where they live. Being out in the open plains and waking up in the morning and seeing Mount Kilimanjaro popping up just above the clouds. It was a really inspirational experience and we got a song out of it.”
The band debuted new material at a trio of intimate London shows last July. In 2013, guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto left the band. Sillitto had played and toured with the Australian rockers since 2006, featuring on both the band’s albums, 2009’s ‘Conditions’ and 2012’s ‘The Temper Trap’ and was also working with the band on their forthcoming third album.