Aussie pop rockers The Temper Trap are back and I caught up with Lead singer Dougy to chat about the new album, moving on from Sweet Disposition and eating steak in Japan…
I am in an office somewhere in Farringdon, London. Played a sweaty little gig last night in London which was fun and were playing a little acoustic gig in an office here too.
How is it getting back on the road with new material under your belt?
It feels great, I like playing the old stuff but it really was getting well… old. It’s fun playing the new songs and nice being nervous from time to time. It makes you work a little bit harder for it. We’re having a lot of fun.
How are the new songs mixing with the older stuff?
We enjoy it and here has been no fruit thrown at us onstage yet. Some songs get bigger reactions than others in terms of new songs. It’s still a bit hard to tell. I think people are just quite attentive and are trying to take them in. I think we have a few out already so they get a different reaction and they rest is trying to take them in.
So your London based and have your own studio in Kings Cross. What prompted the move at first?
We moved in 2009, basically Melbourne was starting to feel a little small, not that we were getting to big for our boots or anything but we kind of played every pub/bar there was. Were wanted to move here anyway, then we played some industry showcases and we got signed. Then they were happy to move us here … so we moved.
How do you feel that affected the band and its identity?
We basically really grew up and build our chops here as a band in London. That’s when we got serious and we got serious with the work we were doing. There is only so many places you can play in Australia, whereas here you can play all the time here and you have Europe is right on your doorstep. We were just excited to play in such a big city and it really sharped our formidable years.
With Sweet Disposition being such a massive tune how did you feel moving on from that? Does it bring more pressure or is it just a fun thing to own?
There is defiantly pressure; I guess it part and parcel of having a song that’s relatively successful. It’s one of those things that we created without meaning for it to be as successful as it got. But the people with invested interests are the ones that put pressure on you. We don’t really put pressure on ourselves, if we were left to our own devices we would be happy to just keep making things on our own terms, the way we want to make them; which is what we’re trying to do. But there is a lot of outside pressure, but our job is to navigate the outside expectation which is not an easy thing to do.
This is your 3rd album, you worked with multiple producer. How did you find that effected the album?
Yeah we worked with three different producers but everyone I have spoken to seems to think it still sounds cohesive. It was really fun to create something in different spaces all over the world, rather than our previous albums that have bene written by us, then recorded with one guy.
Would you do it again?
Sure it was a really fun experiment.
What’s the plan for the rest of the year?
We have festivals and a US run to do this year and we will be hitting the UK soon.
You have travelled all over the world and your band is different ethnicities, what’s the best food you have ever had on the road?
That’s really tough, but I think I would say Japan cause the just do everyone’s food better than them. Their own food is amazing but they do American food better than America and French food better than the French. I had the best steak of my life in Japan… It was better than Argentina!
Any wired culture shocks?
I would probably have to say Japan as well, not so much that the culture shocks me, it’s just we mainly tour western country’s so when Imam there I strangely find myself turning Japanese. I start speaking softer and my mannerisms start to charge… is so wired.
If there was a movie made about The Temper Trap who would you want to play you and why?
Brad Pitt, hands down. Our resemblance is striking, so I have been told. People often get confused.
What advice would you give to a young band?
I would say that when the time is right… get a manager that is completely invested in you. You want a guy who will really do what’s best and get in the trenches for you. That’s really important.