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The Temper Trap is an Australian band that formed in 2005. The core members are Dougy Mandagi on vocals, Jonathon Aherne on bass guitar, Toby Dundas on drums and Joseph Greer on keyboards and guitar. In 2008, the group relocated from Melbourne to London. The band released their debut album Conditions in June 2009 to favourable reviews and commercial success; it peaked at No. 9 on the ARIA Albums Chart and into the top 30 on the UK Albums Chart. Its lead single, "Sweet Disposition", peaked in the top 10 on the Belgian, Irish and UK Singles Charts and reached No. 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 in November, The Temper Trap won 'Best Group' for their album Conditions and 'Most Popular Australian Single' for "Sweet Disposition".

The Temper Trap's eponymous second album was released in late May/early June 2012 under Liberation Music (AUS), Infectious Records (UK) and Glassnote Records (US). Its announcement was accompanied by a new track "Rabbit Hole". The album was produced by Tony Hoffer. The first official single, "Need Your Love", was released in March 2012 and was accompanied by a Karate Kid style video. Second single "Trembling Hands" was released in May 2012. The album won the band Best Rock Album and they also won Best Group at the 2012 ARIA Awards.

The Temper Trap is currently working on their third studio album, set for release in 2014.


Formation and The Temper Trap EP (2005–2008)

The Temper Trap formed as an indie pop band in 2005. Indonesian-born Mandagi, who is originally from Manado, was a busker in Melbourne, Australia, in 1999 when he met Aherne, who wanted to learn to play guitar. Six years later, Mandagi met Dundas while the pair worked in a clothing store. In 2005, the three friends decided to form a band, with Mandagi on vocals and guitars, and Dundas on drums, while Aherne was later convinced to join on bass guitar by Mandagi. The group was named "The Temper Trap" after Temper Temper, the trio's first choice, was rejected due to its use by a United States (US) band. The Temper Trap rehearsed with a variety of second guitarists before Dundas recommended his former Wesley College schoolmate, Sillitto, on lead guitar. The group performed at St Jerome's Laneway Festival in March 2006.

The group signed to Michael Gudinski's label, Liberation Music, and released its debut extended play (EP), The Temper Trap, in November 2006 through the label; the EP was produced by Scott Horscroft (The Sleepy Jackson, Silverchair). According to a live review by "planetclare", of Australian music website, FasterLouder, Dundas sometimes abandons the drums and plays guitar, while Mandagi's voice "hits a note and then transcends it, slicing the sound barrier and leaving you with your mouth open and your eyes wide". The review also described Aherne regularly moving around the stage and Sillitto providing "guitar solos" that "subtlety drove the melody from the side of stage". After finishing an Australian tour, the band then performed at the V Festival in Melbourne, Sydney (March 2007) and the Gold Coast (April).

Conditions (2008–2011)

In late 2008, The Temper Trap started recording their debut album, Conditions, in Melbourne with engineering by Kalju Tonuma. They travelled to the UK and attracted the attention of the local music industry after playing at the Musexpo in London in October. By January 2009, the band signed to Infectious Records for European releases. The BBC chose The Temper Trap in its top 15 Sound of 2009 list. In March, the band finished recording Conditions in London with UK music producer Jim Abbiss. Mandagi said his key influences when recording it had included Radiohead, Prince, Massive Attack and U2. In May, after performing at South by Southwest in March, they signed to Glassnote Records for US releases. The album was released in Australia on 19 June, and debuted at No. 9 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. It was released in the UK in August. The band had returned to London in early May to "spend a bit of time on the continent and try and build a fan base over here", according to Sillitto. He says "it was always our dream to at least come over here and give it a good crack early on".

The album's lead single, "Sweet Disposition", was released in Australia in October 2008. It was re-recorded with Abbiss and re-issued in June 2009. This version peaked in the top 10 on the Belgian, Irish and UK Singles Charts and reached No. 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The group played shows in Europe with Silversun Pickups and garnered attention from newfound fans and media. In August, they played the Reading and Leeds Festivals. In September the band embarked on their first headlining UK tour, including Hare and Hounds in Birmingham and the 300-capacity Arts Centre in Norwich. The tour started and finished in Brighton, with the Goldhawks as their support act.

In August, The Temper Trap played on a balcony over London's Camden Lock, to promote the release of their next single "Science of Fear" on the online viral music show BalconyTV. In late November, the group cancelled sold-out show dates in Germany to return to Australia to perform at the ARIA Awards. They received four nominations in the categories 'Album of the Year', 'Breakthrough Album of the Year' and 'Best Rock Album' for Conditions, and 'Single of the Year' for "Sweet Disposition".

During 2010, the group toured the UK as well as appearing at several music festivals such as Oxegen, Glastonbury, Rock Werchter, Roskilde Festival, V Festival as well as Big Day Out and Splendour In The Grass in Australia. In the US, the band embarked on their first headlining tour, with the single "Sweet Disposition" receiving significant airplay and appearances in commercials and television shows. At the APRA Awards of 2010, Mandagi and Sillitto received the 'Song of the Year' award for writing "Sweet Disposition". They followed with a comeback tour of Australia in July, playing to crowds of over 5000 people; their second largest to date, being the first one Mexico City's Corona Fest in October. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010 in November, The Temper Trap won two awards 'Best Group' for their album Conditions and 'Most Popular Australian Single' for "Sweet Disposition".

The Temper Trap (2011–present)

In February 2011, the group was nominated for a BRIT Award in the 'Best International Breakthrough Artist' category.

In March 2012 the band performed a short run of sold-out shows in North America. The group completed extensive tours in 2012 in the UK, North America and Australia, as well as numerous festival appearances. On 13 April 2012, The Temper Trap released the official video for the single, "Need Your Love", directed by Dugan O'Neal (O'Neal released the video on his personal Vimeo channel in the previous week). It features a Karate Kid-like mini-film, with short appearances by the band members as the general public. Shortly after its release, a behind-the-scenes video followed.

The Temper Trap released their self-titled second album on 18 May (Australia/NZ/Germany), 21 May (UK/Europe) and 5 June (US/Canada/Mexico) 2012. On 7 March, they released a new song titled "Rabbit Hole". The first single "Need Your Love" was released on 23 March 2012.

On 1 June, the video for "Trembling Hands" was released online. The Tom Haines-directed video tells the tale of a young trapeze artist discovering herself through the emotions and risks involved with her discipline. Dougy Mandagi is the only member of the band to appear in the video, which shot on location in Cuba. "Trembling Hands" was officially released as a single in May 2012, which was followed by a remix EP in July. The remix EP features mixes by Benny Benassi, Chet Faker and Beni.

On 6 August 2012, the Temper Trap played a live streaming concert for YouTube Presents before a select group of fans in New York City, US. The concert consisted of six songs: three from the album Conditions and three from the self-titled album.

The Temper Trap played as one of the opening bands for Coldplay during their Australia/New Zealand tour in November and December 2012. In November 2012, The Temper Trap won the Best Rock Album award for their eponymous second album, and the Best Group award at the 2012 ARIA Awards.

In January 2013, "Trembling Hands" was voted into the number 22 position as part of triple j's Hottest 100 countdown. A June 2013 media article revealed that the Temper Trap were continuing to work on their third studio album. On 6 July 2013, The Temper Trap supported The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in Sydney, Australia, alongside American musician Gary Clark jr.

In October 2013, an official statement confirmed that lead guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto parted ways with the band.

Use in popular culture


"Sweet Disposition" was used in a TV ad for Chrysler and Diet Coke in 2010 and for Center Parcs in 2011, "At World's End". The song also features in a commercial for Sky Sports football featuring José Mourinho for Sky Sports HD in the UK, in the commercial for Channel 4's coverage of the V Festival on 4Music, in the commercial for Peugeot 3008 in Scandinavia, and was also used on Sky's cricket coverage for an end of international season video, as well as the promo for the AFL Grand Final on Channel Ten in Australia. In Ireland, the telecommunication company O2 have used the song as part of their recent advertising campaign. The song is featured in a Rhapsody Music commercial, remixed by Axwell and Dirty South, and was also used in a Diet Coke commercial. It has also been used in Television New Zealand (TVNZ) upcoming programme promotions for the year 2010. And recently[when?] it also been used in Toyota Yaris TV commercial in Indonesia. It was also used in a 2010 Lifetime advertisement and a TV spot for the film Eat, Pray, Love. It was also used in a commercial for TV5, promoting their Philippine coverage of the Earth Hour 2011. In 2013 it was used in an TV ad for Google's Nexus 10 tablet.

"Love Lost" was used in a TV ad for STAR Movies in 2010 and can currently be heard in the background of the new L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect advert, starring Claudia Schiffer. In Mongolia, the song was also used in a TV ad for Playtime 2010 Rock Music Festival.

"Soldier On" was used to advertise Youth Alive Victoria's 2011 Summer Camp, and "Trembling Hands" was used in the Sky Arts advertisement in 2012.


The song "Sirens", released in 2006 on The Temper Trap EP, was included on the soundtrack to the game Rugby 08.

The song "Science of Fear", which featured additional programming by DJ Shadow, features on the FIFA 10 and Colin McRae: Dirt 2 soundtrack, was remixed by drum and bass artist Mistabishi, and appeared on the Hospital Records podcast No. 79. It also appeared on the final episode of Waterloo Road Series 5.

The song "Sweet Disposition" was featured in the teaser trailer for (500) Days of Summer, appears in the movie itself and is on the movie's official soundtrack. The song was featured on the Australian TV series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, the Season 2 finale of Greek, in the episode "You Know I Love You, Don't You" in the seventh season of One Tree Hill, and on UK teen drama Skins, in the second episode of the fourth season, the season 2 episode "Unmasked" of 90210, and ABC's The Deep End, as well as in the UK's Big Brother 10 finale night "best bits", the song also appeared in the second episode of season 4 of UK's Secret Diary of a Call Girl. "Sweet Disposition" was also performed by Martin Finn, a severely autistic young man in BBC Three's "Autistic Superstars" in April 2010. This song, "Sweet Disposition" also appeared in the "Earth Hour 2011" teaser.

Their song "Fader" was featured in an episode of The Vampire Diaries, in the film Tomorrow, When the War Began, in Channel Nine's coverage of Twenty20 cricket as well as in two 2011 video games, Test Drive Unlimited 2, MLB 11: The Show, and also in opening sequence of The Roommate. It was also featured in the film Chalet Girl and the film Tomorrow, When The War Began.

"Down River" was featured in the TV series Chuck in the episode "Chuck Versus the American Hero".

"Soldier On" was featured during a scene in Neighbours, The Hard Times of RJ Berger, One Tree Hill, Illégal, Waterloo Road and episode 5548 of Home and Away. The song was also featured during a scene in of the 2011 film I Am Number Four, when John visits Sarah's website after he gets home from school. The song is also the theme song for the documentary "Young Soldiers" a series aired on ABC 2 in early 2012. It was also on an episode of MTV'S "The Buried Life".

"Love Lost" was featured in the Pretty Little Liars teaser trailer for the pilot. "Love Lost", as well as "Down River", "Fools" and "Drum Song" were all used as background music in a 2010 episode of True Life entitled "I Have Digital Drama".

"Drum Song" was featured in an episode of The World's Strictest Parents in 2010, and is also the music used in television promotions of GWS Giants matches.

"Sweet Disposition" is featured in the game PES 2011

"Love Lost" was featured in the 2011 film No Strings Attached and in episode 5539 of Home and Away.

The song "Rabbit Hole" played in episode 5531 of Home and Away.

Temper Trap played Trembling Hands, Drum Song and Sweet Disposition during half time at the 2012 AFL Grand Final. Drum Song featured a corps of eighteen extra drummers, including members of the D2Drumline from Victoria, Australia.

"Sweet Disposition" plays over the end credits of the 2014 McG film 3 Days to Kill.


Current members
  • Toby Dundas – drums, backing vocals (2005–present)
  • Dougy Mandagi – vocals, guitar (2005–present)
  • Jonathon Aherne – bass guitar, backing vocals (2005–present)
  • Joseph Greer – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)
Former members
  • Lorenzo Sillitto – lead guitar, backing vocals (2005–2013)


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US Ind.
  • Released: 19 June 2009
  • Label: Liberation Music (AUS), Infectious Records (UK),
    Glassnote Records (US)
9 66 173 18 63 26 175 28
  • AUS: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
The Temper Trap
  • Released: 5 June 2012
  • Label: Liberation Music (AUS), Infectious Records (UK),
    Glassnote Records (US)
1 65 25 50 25 53 17 83 17
  • AUS: Platinum

Extended plays

  • The Temper Trap EP (2006)


Year Song Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US Alt.
US Rock
2009 "Sweet Disposition" 14 6 8 54 34 6 9 17
  • AUS: 3× Platinum
  • UK: Silver
  • US: Gold
2010 "Fader" 47 76 16 25
  • AUS: Platinum
"Love Lost" 32 187
  • AUS: Platinum
2012 "Need Your Love" 39 38
  • AUS: Gold
The Temper Trap
"Trembling Hands" 38
  • AUS: Platinum

Promotional singles

Year Song Album
2009 "Science of Fear" Conditions


Year Award-Giving Body Award Result
2009 ARIA Music Awards Album of the Year: Conditions Nominated
Single of the Year: "Sweet Disposition" Nominated
Breakthrough Album of the Year: Conditions Nominated
Best Rock Album: Conditions Nominated
Drum Media (Sydney) Writers' Poll Album of the Year: Conditions Won
Song of the Year: "Sweet Disposition" Won
Time Off Writers' Poll Song of the Year: "Sweet Disposition" Won
2010 APRA Music Awards Song of the Year: "Sweet Disposition" Won
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year (Jonathon Aherne, Tobias Dundas, Abby Mandagi, Lorenzo Sillitto) Nominated
ARIA Music Awards Single of the Year ("Love Lost") Nominated
Best Group Won
Most Popular Australian Album (Conditions) Nominated
Most Popular Australian Single ("Sweet Disposition") Won
2012 ARIA Music Awards Album of the Year (Temper Trap) Nominated
Best Group Won
Best Rock Album (Temper Trap) Won

2012 EG Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Best Group Nominated

In 2012, the band was nominated in the, run by The Age newspaper, sold in Victoria, Australia. Alongside Something For Kate, Dirty Three and Oh Mercy, among others, the band was entered into the "Best Group" category. As of 2012, the EG Music Awards is in its seventh year, the EG Awards and is the largest reader-voted music awards in Australia.

See also

Music of Australia portal
  • Music of Australia



External links

  • discography at MusicBrainz