Paying homage to the classic performances of MTV Unplugged, Melbourne Recital Centre is delighted to announce that ARIA Award winners and multi-platinum chart-toppers The Temper Trap will be returning home from their London base to perform an intimate, stripped-back performance on Friday 24 November in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.
Incredibly it’s now been over a decade since The Temper Trap formed in Melbourne, the young outfit signing quickly with local powerhouse Liberation Music and releasing their eponymous EP in 2006. But it wasn’t until the release of their 2009 debut album Conditions and its ARIA-winning smash hit single ‘Sweet Disposition’ that the band really rose to prominence, this initial homeland success whetting the band’s appetite to take on overseas markets with their music.
And by the time The Temper Trap unveiled the more experimental tendencies of their self-titled second album in 2012 they were already a truly international concern, spending their time equally across America, Europe and Australia – where the album topped the charts for the first time – and scoring supports with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Coldplay as they worked tirelessly to promote the new opus. Their hard work paid handsome dividends, The Temper Trap this time taking home the ‘Best Rock Album’ ARIA (as well as their second victory in the ‘Best Group’ category) as they consolidated their status as one of our country’s hottest rock’n’roll propositions.
The Temper Trap’s 2016 third album Thick As Thieves returned the band’s aesthetic to the more guitar-oriented terrain of their debut and also raced to the top of the Australian album charts – debuting in the top spot – following which the band undertook an extensive festival tour of Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States (and later a North American headlining tour).
Now the four core members of The Temper Trap have committed to re-presenting their music in a whole new light in an exclusive Melbourne Recital Centre performance, where they’ll be stripping the band’s powerful songs back to their core essence. The amplification will be reined in but The Temper Trap’s inherent power will remain firmly on show, whether via the soaring vocals and intrinsically evocative lyrics of frontman Dougy Mandagi, or the primal rhythms, infectious melodies and intoxicating energy of the band’s textured arrangements. Songs like ‘Sweet Disposition’, ‘Fader’ and ‘Love Lost’ will come alive in a whole new light and drag listeners closer to the heart of The Temper Trap’s music, casting nostalgia aside for a sense of deep euphoria.
Make no mistake, this one-off performance isn’t as much about turning down the volume as it is ramping up the intimacy and intensity – get ready for a homecoming performance by The Temper Trap unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before!
Friday 24 November 8pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Tickets from $59
On sale at 10am Thursday 24 August
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