Prancing my way down to front row of the stage, my anticipation for this concert could not be contained. Having been a fan of The Temper Trap since my senior year in high school, it gave me the thrill to know that I’d be listening to them this time not through some cheap headphones and in a classroom setting; instead, I was in the Live Music Capital, surrounded by young faces. Although traveling solo, I could feel the love for the band in the midst of the air and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the atmosphere.
Starting off the show with dim lights and what appeared as the dark shadows of the band members, from Los Angeles, The Neighbourhood started the night off with good vibes and a crowd who dug their tunes. They have been touring with The Temper Trap to promote their new EP, “I’m Sorry…”.
I could see eyes shut, bodies sway and a lot of heads bobbing, mine included. Although captivating the audience, I would say that if you’re not fan of seeing a band who sounds a lot like their EP and doesn’t really put on a “show,” they’re not the band for you. I, personally, really enjoyed them. Their music really touched me and I felt like it was an awesome band to pick for the transition of The Temper Trap. Not to mention that the band really complimented The Temper Trap and built up the energy for them.
It was also The Neighbourhood’s first time in Austin and, dare I say, they made quite a few fans that night. There were many claps and, of course, your high school girls’ high-pitch screams. It took me back, and I liked it. Ending their performance with their hit single, “Sweater Weather,” was just so peachy keen. I caught myself singing along with a few girls up in the front and bonding with strangers through the music. Definitely a band I would see again.
As I was waiting for what seemed like a thousand years (but in reality was around half an hour), I could tell that I wasn’t the only one who was having a mini heart attack. Everyone around me seemed to be either rambling about how excited they were or just plain screaming of anxiety. When suddenly, red lights appeared, the crowd roared and they all knew the show had just begun.
The Temper Trap started out with the song “London’s Burning” from their new self-titled album. Singing along to their new hits was such a good feeling. It was good to see that these fans were not just fans of their past album, Conditions, but fans who are following their every move and continue to be intrigued by this band after their second album.
They definitely are a band that knows how to entertain their fans, from the sexy moves from vocalist Dougy Mandagi, to their own on stage twist to some of their songs. They kept the crowd alive and going, not loosing their focus one bit. It’s always nice to see a band get in tune with their audience, and The Temper Trap lived up to that, making sweet remarks about how they love Austin and would consider living in ATX one day. “It’s our type of city,” Mandagi proclaimed.
They kept us alive, laughing, smiling and honestly just wanting more. The set “ended” with the instrumental song “Drum Song” from Conditions, and it had the crowd going berserk. Of course, no concert is legit without an encore and an encore indeed they gave. The crowd couldn’t get enough of them, and I feel they couldn’t get enough of the crowd. The Temper Trap decided to end their night with their hit single, and the song that got them recognized and made us fall in love them, “Sweet Disposition,” from Conditions.