Australian rockers the Temper Trap will launch a tour of North America in support of their second album, The Temper Trap, on June 5th at Terminal 5 in New York City. The band's new album, which was produced by Beck and Phoenix collaborator Tony Hoffer, will hit stores on the day of the tour kickoff.
"We’re really excited about the new songs and touring," Dougy Mandagi tells Rolling Stone. "I think playing live is what we do best, so fans can expect a very excited passionate band playing their fuckin' hearts out. There is a good balance of the things that have worked well in the past for us and new things that we’re trying out. There’s definitely more of a dynamic vocally for me, and each of us are taking on new instruments."
Mandagi is particularly enthused about returning to the States. "America is bar none our favorite place to tour," he says. "All the romantic notions that have been sung and written before about the road – faces peering out of diner windows and smoky New York dive bars – are all true. It's like stepping into a movie set everywhere you go. Americans are also so positive and nice, so being around them can be quite empowering."
The Temper Trap has expanded to a five-piece with the addition of keyboardist Joseph Greer as a full-time member, which Mandagi says will improve the group's dynamic onstage. "Joseph is our secret weapon," he says. "He’s a really good piano player, so any sappy piano ballad that we may potentially write from this point on will totally be his fault."
The Temper Trap's full North American tour itinerary is as follows:
6/5 New York City, NY - Terminal 5
6/7 Boston, MA - House of Blues
6/7-10 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
6/10 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
6/11 Austin, TX - Stubbs
6/13 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
6/15 Los Angeles, CA - The Palladium
6/16 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
6/17 Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
6/18 Seattle, WA - Showbox
6/19 Vancouver, BC, Canada - Malkin Bowl