With an ambitious global touring schedule and various synch deals, Melbourne, Australia's The Temper Trap is well on its way to garnering a substantial worldwide following.
The band -- comprised of singer/guitarist Dougy Mandagi, drummer Toby Dundas, bassist Jon Aherne and guitarist/keyboardist Lorenzo Sillito -- formed in 2004. After constantly playing live gigs and going on extensive studio sessions the last couple of years, the rock outfit formally introduced themselves by way of their debut album, "Conditions," released on Oct. 13 on Liberation/Glassnote Records. The set, which Sillito likens to music by the group's shared idol, Radiohead, entered at No. 43 on the Heatseekers chart with 4,000 copies sold to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
"The writing kind of started quite a long time ago for me," Sillito says of how the project got started. "But playing together is what got our minds going for what we wanted to achieve for the record -- we started exploring new areas that we hadn't really covered yet."
After a solid showing at an expo in the Australian city of Brisbane earlier this year, the band had a chance to break out of their home turf when a talent buyer from England invited the group to play in London. Things just "leap-frogged" from there, says Sillito. Now, their song, "Sweet Disposition" appears on the "(500) Days of Summer" movie trailer and soundtrack, which was released in the UK this year, among other licensing deals with television and video games.
"Syncing opportunities in advertisements and in movies does get you out to a lot more people than you would get on certain radio stations because even though those radio stations are big, not everyone listens to them," says Sillito. "But if you're in a movie that millions of people are going to watch, it can be very valuable."
The exposure allowed the band to pick up the festival circuit as well, playing South by Southwest, Great Escape UK and the CMJ Music Marathon this year. "This CMJ has given us the feeling that we could come back here and do our own tour that would be quite good, considering the amount of interest the fans showed over the four days we played and the crowds we pulled. It just showed that there is hope for us in the U.S.," says Sillito.
And hope there is. After finishing the year on a European and UK tour with Florence & The Machine, the band will get some much needed down time back home before embarking on the Australian tour circuit, as well as Japan and stateside tours.
For now, though, Sillito has modest goals for the group. "I just hope we can become better song writers and make better records, more interesting records and stay together," he says. "That's the main thing. I see a lot of bands that get very tired and certain things happen, and they lose inspiration. I hope we can keep each other inspired and become better song writers and slowly growing a fan base around the world."