The Temper Trap took the stage to play a handful of new songs from their forthcoming album last night, surrounded by the gorgeous chandeliers and velvet curtains of Wilshire Blvd's El Ray theater and a swaying, enthusiastic crowd.

Dougy Mandagi really lit up the stage with his vocals, his voice soaring and steadily rising like he was building castles in the sky, but he pulled it off without looking cheesy. Dougy isn't afraid to belt it out, and occasionally brought his fierce energy to the drums, where he put every ounce of himself into tearing em up with drummer Toby Dundas.

"Drum Song" was the most fun, a true jam session, and from the new album, songs like "Need Your Love" and "This Isn't Happiness" really mixed it up and brought some darker synths into the equation with the addition of keyboardist/guitarist Joseph Greer.

Bass guitarist Jonathan Aherne was a welcomed rock influence on stage, and was an impressive presence. New album The Temper Trap will be out at the end of May, and it's a record that will have you bouncing around and drumming the steering wheel, blissfully unaware of the midday traffic induced road rage around you. No wonder they go by The Temper Trap.

Here is the music video to "Love Lost' from their first album Conditions which is a favorite of mine.


And here is the song 'Rabbit Hole" off the new album...


With 12 new songs and a great live presence, I can't imagine that the band will ever stop touring. Check out their tour schedule here and try to make it to a show before tempers start flying.

 
 
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_This song accompanied Day 3 of Vogue's Paris Fashion Week Journal and the French accents combined with the wistful tune instantly had my attention. It made me yearn to blow the dust off of forgotten memories and take quelques minutes to reminisce. I suddenly craved grey skies, and a sexy pair of stilettos. Not sure what to call the power this song has over me, but it's a washed out, electro- indie track that is trés, trés cool.

Jean-Marc Battalier, Guilhem Hatt, and Gaelle Malandrone make up We Are Knights and they are performing a private show tonight at Carmen in Paris for Vivienne Westwood's after-show for those lucky enough to attend.

The song I love, 'Turn Around You' is available for you to obsess over on their Facebook Bandpage

And here is another one of their tunes featured on the ultra hip Parisian label Kitsune's Mixtapes.