Being one of Australia’s top recent exports to the overseas market. It is always a great gig to catch when The Temper Trap is back playing a show their hometown. With the soundcheck out of the way, it was time for the crowd’s enthusiasm to increase tenfold. It must be a surreal moment when you walk on to a stage in front of a room full of strangers. As a band, the whole experience would be such a rush and I guess when you have been doing it for as long as The Temper Trap, I would wonder how that experience has changed over the years or is it still the same.
With worldwide popularity, the bands last two albums have garnered them a lot of attention especially with their latest album Thick As Thieves which strengthened their international admiration along with hitting #1 on the ARIA album chart 2016. But that talk is for another time, the band has just hit the stage, with a warm welcome they waste no time in starting off the night; a performance full of energetic brilliance from each member of the band. Fall Together opens the set and fills the sold-out bandroom of the Croxton as the magnificent voice of Dougy Mandagi fills the hearts of all. The whole crowd has smiles on their faces, people are dancing, even the bartenders were enjoying the serenity of The Temper Traps beautiful and iconic music.
As the set progresses from some of their most beloved songs, Love Lost, So Much Sky and Fader to the lesser known songs. With an eruption of applause, every announcement of the next song, the popularity and love fans have for The Temper Trap is a great thing to witness and be a part of. Their set is engaging, The Temper Trap gets the crowd involved, make sure that they’re having fun and above all know how to rock it out. It is clear that they’re born to rule the stage. During the middle of the set, the band announce some new song’s that they are wanting to perform, hinting at new album very mischievously and secretly, which could possibly be released in the near future.Their iconic style has not changed. Their continuation of an almost wanderlust alike sound that is moving to the point of grooviness and serenity remains.
With a crowd that was energetic, restless and excited to see the support act come on stage and perform to the crowd. Hatchie’s style is dreamy, fun and full of serenity. The crowd adored her, with smiles and giving her an applause at the end of each song.
While her two other bands Babaanouji and Go Violets have been somewhat successful over the years, Harriette Pilbeam has been focusing on her own project Hatchie for the majority of the year. Her song ‘try’ released earlier this year, has been a huge prosperity for her and has increased her popularity in becoming a Brisbane sensation.
Overflowing with mellow guitars and a soft voice presents a calmness that is dreamy and is very crowd-moving. Her music is simply beautiful. Harriette’s new project is mainly focused on pop music, but their’s an indication of influence from her indie background evident within her songs. It is unmistakable that she is a rising star, who is beginning to bloom and everyone should look to her solo project in the future for more.