Release Date: Dec 2, 2016
Record label: Bella Union
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
Brisbane’s The Trouble with Templeton put their best anthemic indie foot forward with their 2014 debut album, Rookie. For their next step, Someday, Buddy, they’ve tamped down the ‘whoa-oh’ tendencies and turned their attention more toward their own inner workings. Thomas Calder’s voice, which has a way of sounding breathy and hushed even at full exertion, and his songwriting talent remain at the fore.
Built around the talents of singer and songwriter Thomas Calder, the Trouble with Templeton self-released what was essentially a solo album before making their Bella Union debut as a five-piece with 2014's Rookie. The bricolage of indie folk, synthier pop, and more direct alt-rock led to touring opportunities with the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Father John Misty. Playing more to their strengths, however, the follow-up sees the group, which slimmed down to a trio, simplify their approach.
The past 12 months have been so sad and seismic that it feels as if there’s no more room in the world for additional musical melancholy. Brisbane alt-rock group the Trouble With Templeton are named after an episode of The Twilight Zone, which signals their songs’ late-night, spectral qualities, and bring the sentiment and soundscapes of the moody, spacious guitar bands who still lurk on festival bills but hardly capture the zeitgeist: the Antlers, Sigur Rós, Patrick Watson, etc. Influenced by early Radiohead and the sulky post-rock that used to be celebrated on Pitchfork, frontman Thomas Calder is dedicated to his doom; sometimes sulky (“Don’t make me explain again”), other times slacker.