Release Date: Jun 10, 2016
Record label: Glassnote Entertainment Group
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Australia's Temper Trap deliver a sophisticated, uplifting set of songs on their third full-length album, 2016's Thick as Thieves. Produced by Damian Taylor (Björk, the Killers, Braids), Thick as Thieves is the first album of new material from Temper Trap since parting ways with lead guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto in 2013. With Sillitto's departure, keyboardist Joseph Greer began doing double duty on keys and guitars and, surprisingly, as evidenced here, very little has changed in the group's sound.
Australian anthem-chasers the Temper Trap will never distance themselves from “Sweet Disposition”, the falsetto-dipped haze of young love impressionism from 2009’s Conditions. They’ve since toyed with its arena-shaking formula, but it’s a song inextricably in their plasma. The misty, dimension-digging guitar textures, church-boy harmonies, panoramic production, and grandiose indie rock platitudes are, in one way or another, present in almost every composition that the band has recorded.
Australia’s the Temper Trap exists in a lineage of perfectly acceptable rock bands. There is a template to these acts. U2 is invariably somewhere in their genetic code, or if not them, Coldplay. (In the Temper Trap’s case, they opened on the Mylo Xyloto tour.) They tend to hit during the summer, not the winter.