As their first studio album, Conditions (2009) is pretty darn impressive. I knew it was going to be good after I listened to the SUPER addicting and smooth “Sweet Disposition” from the film, (500) Days of Summer. The OST for that flick is legit — music video director turned film director Marc Webb packed so much indie shit in there, a beardcore hipster needn’t buy any other album until the next Band of Horses album (coming out in MAY!!!). And having “Sweet Disposition” on there made the OST worth the listen and worth The Temper Trap a peek. My friend, Phil, has been teasing me about how great they were since we saw a free screening of the film earlier this school year, but he didn’t give it to me! Just kidding, I’m not upset. It was worth the hunt. Every song makes you want to listen to what else these musical talents have in store. And it’s the perfect soundtrack to my studying. I wrote this in my tumblr blog yesterday, but The Temper Trap are my Band of Horses of this music festival season (apologies for the continual BoH plug). The Temper Trap are performing at San Diego’s Belly Up in Solana Beach on the 19th of April. Tickets are sold out (drat!) but I’m sure FM94.9 will be giving out tickets soon enough. Plus they’re making their appearances during the American festival route. Coachella and Sasquatch here I come! Spring quarter is going to be grand.
Rating: The lead’s vocals deserve a carefully listening crowd of an intimate venue like Belly Up, but The Temper Trap are bound to blow the minds and ears (OF AWESOMENESS) of the patrons who frequent the outdoor stadium venues (i.e. Hollywood Bowl, Greek Theatre, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater). Imagine quiet listeners pulling out their cellphones to sway along with the music. Epic.
*side note: because Rubin kept pointing it out, I’ve been using the word “frequent” as a verb A LOT. I hope it doesn’t get annoying. I do it rather subconsciously.