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The Temper Trap 'excited' for show

Aussie band The Temper Trap will play the One Night Stand.
Aussie band The Temper Trap will play the One Night Stand. Contributed

COULD The Temper Trap be any more perfect?

Touring endlessly around the world isn't a struggle; apparently their biggest issue is snoring.

"I always choose the non-snoring end of the bus," laughs drummer Toby Dundas.

And as far as critics and crowds are concerned, Toby and his mates are a musical force to be reckoned with.

The Melbourne lads released debut album, Conditions, in 2009.

It resulted in two ARIA's for Best Group and Most popular Single (Sweet Disposition), a mammoth touring schedule and some of the most uplifting festival moments in recent years.

The breakout single Sweet Disposition went on to soundtrack indie films, trendy advertisements and become a radio staple.

What made The Temper Trap so intriguing was a combination of singer Dougy Mandagi's out-of-this-world falsetto and a stadium-worthy rock sound.

It combined elements of power pop and lyrics designed to tug at Generation Y's heartstrings.

So the band moved to London, but spent more time on the road.

And amongst all the touring they laid the foundations for album number two.

The self-titled collection will be released this Friday, following two lead singles - the slow-burning

Radiohead-esque Rabbit Hole and synth-driven fist-pumper Need Your Love.

"We wanted to expand and challenge ourselves," Toby says of their second effort.

"We didn't want to copy the formula."

But he's not oblivious to the fact Conditions made a huge impact on the listening public.

"Anyone in a creative field knows you'll always be compared to your past."

The Temper Trap worked on it in LA with producer Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Beck) and found his influence invaluable.

"We would describe a sound and (Tony) would disappear into a room and come back with a synth under his arm."

Synth ended up being a major player on the album.

Tracks like Where Do We Go From Here has a Talking Heads vibe but remains firmly grounded in the 21st century.

Toby says the band was heavily influenced by art/electro acts like Yeasayer and Zola Jesus.

The impressive London's Burning chronicles Mandagi's account of the London riots that were practically happening outside his apartment in Hackney.

Having spent the last few weeks in rehearsals, The Temper Trap is currently on tour, playing shows in the US, UK, Europe and of course Australia.

Having already sold out eight shows in Melbourne and Sydney, a highlight for Toby will be headlining Triple J's One Night Stand in Dalby, QLD.

"The One Night Stand has always been something that's intrigued me; we're excited to play it," he says.

The all ages, drug and alcohol-free event also features hip hop's new poster boy 360 and drool-worthy troubadour Matt Corby.

Toby likes the idea of an all age's gig having spent a lot of time at underage events with lead guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto.

"We'd come home and compare bruises from the mosh pit," he said of the Brunswick Club Shows where saw bands like Spiderbait and The Living End.

The Temper Trap head to Dalby on Saturday June 2 for Triple j's One Night Stand. Gates open at noon for a 3pm start.

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