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(Liverpool Sound City 2012 flavoured!) MP3 of the Day #544: The Temper Trap

 
By on Thursday, 17th May 2012 at 10:00 am
 

The Temper Trap‘s single ‘Need Your Love’ has been remixed by Fort Romeau. This one is for the more dance inclined readers.

Don’t forget, the Aussies appear at Liverpool Sound City tomorrow on TGTF’s own stage at the Liverpool Academy of Arts; find all the details of set times for the stage here.

 

(Liverpool Sound City 2012 TGTF stage flavoured!) Interview: Lorenzo Sillitto of the Temper Trap

 
By on Tuesday, 15th May 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of their appearance at TGTF’s stage at the Liverpool Academy of Arts this Friday night (18/5), the man behind the lead guitar for the Temper Trap, Lorenzo Sillitto, was kind enough to answer my questions about their hotly anticipated second album ‘The Temper Trap’, which will be released in the UK on the 4th of June on Infectious Records. We also talk about the interesting production team they used on this go-around and how they feel about playing in the city of the Beatles.

The phrase “difficult second album” comes up a lot when bands with really outstanding debut albums with related outstanding sales and touring success try and come out with their second efforts. How did you approach writing ‘The Temper Trap’? And why did you choose to self title it?
I guess the approach was to go in and just start to write what came naturally. It had been a long time since we had been in that type of environment and with the inclusion of Joseph the dynamic was obviously going to be a little different since the last writing process. It was pretty amazing after the first week we had a few songs written and everything just seem natural and that pretty much set up the rest of our time writing. We tried not over think what we were doing and treated the writing process as a new chapter and think about what had happened with the last record. The name basically came from us not being able to agree on one. There where a few ideas floating around but none that we could all agree on. It’s funny because some people have asked if its making the statement that we have arrived as a band but really it was us not arriving on a name.

I’ve read that ‘The Temper Trap’ was produced by Beck, as well as Phoenix collaborator Tony Hoffer (Phoenix being your American labelmates on Glassnote). How did this partnering up come about? When I think of the Temper Trap, I don’t immediately associate your music with the anti-folk of Beck. Had you been fans of his for years?
Tony’s name had been appearing over the years in conversations and it wasn’t until the very end of the process that it appeared again. He had been to our one our first SXSW shows way back in 2009 and we had met him at our last L.A. show. He was a fan of the band and when we had the conversation about recording he said some things that just resonated with us. We were fans of things that he had done in the past but it was really just some of the things he said to us that made it clear that he would be the right person to record with. He has a love of music and is also a musician, which was very helpful once we were in the studio. Not only that he is a big kid and likes to joke around, which was a great attribute. The recording process can sometimes be quite stressful and it’s good to inject some humour.

Going on with the album, you recorded ‘The Temper Trap’ in America. Do you think it has an obvious “American sound” and has been affected by the surroundings and recording conditions? Arctic Monkeys and Noah and the Whale were much maligned last year for making albums that sounded too “American”.
I don’t think that it is obvious, but having been recorded in America by an American you can’t help but think that it is going to have that kind of vibe. I like to think that there is a little bit of sunshine that was sprinkled over top of the record. The songs were predominately written in a dark cold environment (the London winter) and some of them needed a little light. As for the Monkeys and the Whale, music is so universal thee days with the internet that I don’t think we can really say that there is as bigger distinction in sound like there was in the ’60s and ’70s.

You’ve added on Joseph Greer, known to those of us who have been seeing you live the last couple years as your fab touring keyboardist and guitarist, as a full member of the band. How did his input as the fifth member of Temper Trap influence the new album? It was really great having another person to come with ideas and a different kind of writing style. I think that one of the unique things with our band is that all five of us have very varying taste and influences and when we come together that is how we create our sound. By adding Joseph, we where able to explore more keyboard driven songs which is a path that we all have been keen to explore and he has the skill that enabled us to venture down that path. He also is a very quirky person and is probably the funniest person in the band, which makes for some great interband banter.

Similarly, is there a different ethos to the band now that you’ve expanded to a five-piece? Do you approach songwriting any differently? Dougy was quoted in an Rolling Stone article as saying: “Joseph is our secret weapon. He’s a really good piano player, so any sappy piano ballad that we may potentially write from this point on will totally be his fault.” Yep, this is true as I mentioned previously, he has the skills that we don’t possess. Well, yet that is! LOL. The song writing process has basically stayed the same as it always has. we may try some different approaches on the next record but as they say, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

In this NME interview, Lorenzo talked about the conscious decision to add more synths to this record compared to the amount present on ‘Conditions’, and how you used ‘80s synths on ‘The Temper Trap’. Were you fans of ‘80s new wave, of certain bands? And if so, which would you say have influenced this album the most?
The main influences for the record was the acquiring of some synths and not necessarily the music. We used them as substitutes, for maybe once we would try and play them on the guitar or what not, we either tried the same idea on the synths or used them to reinforce the sound and add another dimension to say the guitar to make it sound fresh.

What do you think about this new album will be most surprising to your fans? Which song(s) are your favourite(s) and why?
I think one of the most exciting things about this record is Dougy’s vocals. The record shows off a lot more of his range and ability and has I think a more soul vibe to it. My stand out tracks are ‘Trembling Hands’ (new single stream below), ‘Miracle’, and ‘Leaving Heartbreak Hotel’.

Flipping through the SXSW schedule, I noticed your city of origin was listed as London and not Melbourne. Do you consider yourself full Londoners now? What are the pros and cons of living in London Town? What does Melbourne offer that London doesn’t / that you miss most?
Well, that must have been a typo and probably why I could find us in the program. In terms of being Londoners, I think I am personally still a Melbournian at heart, but I have really embraced living in London, and at this point in my life, it is nice to live in a different environment to the one that you grew up in and had all your formative experiances in. Melbourne’s pros is that it is a very artistic city and it is very accommodating to the artistic community. From music to architecture, there is a lot of outlets for creative expression. Another advantage is food and coffee, it is quite amazing the standard that they have and is probably the main thing that I miss the most. And AFL of course.

What did you think of SXSW this year? Which of your performances stood out (Stubb’s, the Parish, etc.), and why? Were you apprehensive “returning to the stage” in America?
In terms of SXSW, I think that it has become to big for the town and it seems to have turned into a festival where labels showcase their new acts rather than new bands being found. That being said, playing Stubb’s would have to be the highlight, I remember the first time we went to SX the band went to Stubb’s to watch Metalica, and that was followed by a DJ Shadow greatest hits set, which was ace. So playing there and the second show back from a lengthy break was nerve-racking and exciting at the same time.

Did you see any other bands in Austin you particularly enjoyed and/or that impressed you? And if so, how so?
I saw Blood Orange (Dev Hynes) for the first time, and that was on the first day we got there. He is an amazing performer and guitarist, so was a great way to be welcomed. I saw another Melbourne band called Twerps whose album I am obsessed with, and they are old friends. Toby [their drummer] saw Chet Faker who I missed and said he was really great.

You’ll be playing our stage at Liverpool Sound City on the Friday night. Have you played in Liverpool before? If yes, what has been your experience with Liverpool crowds?
I think we have played Liverpool. I believe it was on our last UK tour at an 02 but to be honest I can’t remember. It was at time where all the shows moulded into one for me. but I am excited to go back to the home of the Beatles.

“Advertise” / “plead your case” to our readers why they should come and see you play Friday at the Arts Academy.
If you want to see thee most amazing laser light show and a bass player who plays it like it owes him money, then come down to our show because it will have one of the two.

The Temper Trap headline the TGTF stage at this year’s Liverpool Sound City this Friday night (18 May) at the Liverpool Academy of Arts. They are scheduled to appear at 22.00.

 

(Liverpool Sound City TGTF stage 2012 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #30: Lorenzo Sillitto of the Temper Trap

 
By on Monday, 14th May 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Ahead of the Temper Trap‘s headline appearance TGTF’s stage at Liverpool Sound City this Friday, we asked guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto to answer our Quickfire Questions. I didn’t mean to trouble him about what album he’d choose to bring to heaven, honest!

The Temper Trap are set to go on at 22.00 (10 PM). Pop rhythmic sensations Clock Opera will play at 20.30 (8:30 PM). But come early to see Spanish band Dear Prudence will be playing at 19.30 (7:30 PM).

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree’

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Beat it’ – Michael Jackson

3. What song makes you laugh?
You Make My Dreams Come True’ – Hall and Oates. Mainly because of the montage in Set Brothers.

4. What song makes you cry?
I’ve Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good – Nina Simone

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Push the Little Daisies’ – Ween.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.) Darondo – ‘Didn’t I’. Calms me down when I am in a unpleasant place angry or sad.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself? ‘Maggot Brain’ by Funkadelic, with probably one of the most emotional guitar solos ever written.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.) Hunter S. Thompson.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would probably be working at the family restaurant.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? So you’re telling me I could bring ‘All Things Must Pass’. Fuck. ‘Since I Left You’, by the Avalanches. Man, the hardest question.

 

TGTF to host stage at Liverpool Academy of Arts, Friday 18th May at Liverpool Sound City 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 1st May 2012 at 2:31 pm
 

This year Liverpool Sound City will take place from Thursday the 17th to Saturday the 19th of May. We are pleased to announce that TGTF will be hosting a stage at this year’s festival on Friday at the Liverpool Academy of Arts on Seel Street.

The night’s headliner will be the Temper Trap, making their first appearance in the UK in 2 years this month. They are set to go on at 22.00 (10 PM). Pop rhythmic sensations Clock Opera, who have just released their debut album ‘Ways to Forget’ (read John’s review of the album here), have also been confirmed for our stage at 20.30 (8:30 PM). Additional bands will be announced soon. Watch this space!

To mark this down on your calendar and to keep up to date with the goings-on, join up at our Facebook event. We’ll be having some exclusive giveaways and of course there will be some extraordinary performances you won’t want to miss, so save the date and spend the evening with us. See you there!

 

Update: The Great Escape 2012

 
By on Friday, 27th April 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Don’t really fancy the unbearable heat of Austin, Texas? Perhaps a great British summer holiday at some kind of seaside resort for your musical holiday needs? Don’t you be looking at Blackpool, don’t peek at Clethorpes and for your own sake, avoid Skeggy at all costs and head on down to Brighton sharpish. Oh and lucky you, you’ve arrived on the week of possibly the UK’s reply to America’s South By Southwest, the Great Escape.

Now while SXSW may be the hippenin’, happenin’ place for new music in America, the Great Escape gives you just as good a line-up, for a far better price, right on your doorstep. (Well, sort of, if you don’t live in Brighton.) With artists like Florence and the Machine and Friendly Fires starting their careers off right on Brighton’s shores, it’s not difficult to see why the Great Escape has such a fantastic reputation in the musical community. Ed Sheeran, Katy B and the Vaccines were all some of the *little* artists to play the festival last year and now, well haven’t you heard, they’ve done quite well for themselves.

This year, the headliners are Maximo Park (Thursday 10 May; pictured above), the Temper Trap (Friday 11 May) and Africa Express Sound System (Saturday 12 May). Lower down the bill up and coming talent from the likes of faux nerd rockers Spector, Camden-based rockers Tribes, as well as established bands like Sheffield’s Crookes and Scots We Were Promised Jetpacks. Newly added artists to the line-up include Scroobius Pip’s buddy Dan le Sac, French Films and We Have Band, who released their new album ‘Ternion’ earlier this year.

So if you fancy some exciting new music on the seaside, then pick up a weekend ticket for the bumper price of just £49.50 or a day pass for substantially less. Visit the Great Escape official Web site for details on tickets.

 

Update: Liverpool Sound City 2012

 
By on Monday, 23rd April 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Haven’t you heard? TGTF will be coming to Liverpool Sound City this year and we’ll soon be revealing information on who’ll be playing our showcase…but that’s not all of the good news. Since Mary’s original preview posted in February, the full Sound City line-up has been announced, and it’s a doozy.

Manchester’s D/R/U/G/S are new to the line-up, as are obvious football fans and good bunch Flat Back Four. They join a host of larger acts, ranging from Radio1 friendly rapper Professor Green headlining the Thursday (17 May), to favourite to every advertiser around, those Aussie boys the Temper Trap (pictured at top) headlining Friday. Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow closes out the festival as Saturday’s headliner.

TGTF favourites I Dream in Colour are another band who have managed to secure a place at this rapidly growing musical showcase. It’s the kind of festival you go to, if you just want to be ahead of the game. You want to be able to say a year down the line, when all your friends are raving about this new local band Pete Bentham and the Dinner Ladies, you can say, “oh by the way, I saw them about a year ago at Liverpool Sound City”.

That’s what you are in for if you buy one of the outstandingly cheap tickets for the festival, which at £45 for a 3-day wristband works out at the simply mad price of 76p per gig. Yeah, I know, don’t feel bad because you feel like you are robbing the organisers, you’re not! And if you only want to check out the talent on one day, day wristbands are only £25. These tickets, along with 14+ ones at £15, delegate badges at £150 and assorted t-shirts are available here.

 
 
 

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