The lights dim on stage. For a split-second there’s silence, immediately following cheers, applause, and fist pumps. Anticipation grows as the band appears out of the lingering stage smoke, and the lead singer is last to make it to the stage as “I love you’s” are being shouted. I live for these moments, and last night’s was at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park for Australia’s The Temper Trap in support of their self-titled sophomore album. This was The Temper Trap’s third time playing in Vancouver and their first all-ages outdoor show.
Tickets were about $46 for general admission (and completely worth it), doors opened at 5:30pm, opening act started at 7pm, and the band was scheduled to go on at 9pm.
Their opener, Crocodiles, is an indie pop, post-punk revival band from San Diego, California. As a seasoned concert-goer, I know most people would not give a care for the opening acts, but it’s a great way to be exposed to new music. They definitely had the punk swag going on, wearing leather jackets and sunglasses, spitting on stage, and sipping beers between songs. In general, the crowd sat down on the lawn for this one, but they had our toes tapping. The song they’re famous for, Neon Jesus, was definitely a crowd-pleaser.
At about 8:45pm, the filler music and lights turned off on stage, and the band came out and with a bang they did, opening with the energetic London’s Burning from their new album. As amazing as their studio versions are, their live renditions are exponentially more phenomenal as Dougy Mandagi’s falsetto did not falter once, their harmonies were smooth, and their stage presence kept the crowd clapping – they kept our energy up even during the slow songs. You could tell that every band member was completely lost in their music, and during parts of songs with pure instrumentals, Dougy would groove and dance to it with such confidence and allure. Dougy’s charm (and very light Australian accent) proved captivating with his in-between song banter, as he said that Vancouver had the freshest air they’ve breathed in since the whole tour. (Marry me, please?)
Songs from their debut album, Conditions, were crowd-favourites as everyone sang and danced along with them, especially to Love Lost and Fader. The Drum Song, which they played right before the encore set, was a nostalgic throwback from their concert two years ago. Dougy played the drums, and right up to the song’s climax, he poured water all over the drums, splashing the front row audience. They left us craving more as they left the stage, and my throat was hoarse at this point yelling for a damn encore. When they came back on stage, they started off slow, playing one of my favourites from their first album, Soldier On. They ended with their infamous song (as seen in 500 Days of Summer), Sweet Disposition. And on that note, all I can say from last night is that my playlist will be playing The Temper Trap on repeat for months.
Favourite Moment(s): Dougy’s dancing, Soldier On
Moshpit Status: Chill vibes, ample space for dancing and jumping without stepping on other’s toes, sweat factor: 2/5
Need Your Love
This Isn’t Happiness
Science To Fear
I’m Gonna Wait
Check out the rest of their music on their YouTube channel or support by buying their music.
Photos taken on my phone.