Live Review: The Temper Trap - Forum

1 June 2012 | 11:16 am | Dylan Stewart

It’s clear that the Melbourne five-piece has already got runs on the board with some of the songs off of their self-titled record.

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Under the gothic nightscape of the Forum Theatre in full glow, all is beautiful. When Sydney outfit Seekae take to the stage the venue is packed, with plenty of punters obviously eager to catch a glimpse of one of the best electronic groups going around. Throwing down cuts such as Borg and 3 from their latest album + Dome, it's clear how impressive the trio is. Against a crowd seemingly only interested in the headline act though, much of Seekae's ambient sound is lost on the audience. Nothing can drown out lead single Blood Bank though, a beautifully simple number that encapsulates everything that Seekae does right. Although tonight's set falls a shade flat on an underwhelmed crowd, take every opportunity to see this outfit – it's the shit.

Despite a short-lived Gudinski sighting, when The Temper Trap arrive on stage, the only direction that audience eyes are pointing in is towards the band. Bursting to life with the anarchic, Midnight Oil-esque chorus of London's Burning, and following on with the huge four-part harmonies of Need Your Love, it's clear that the Melbourne five-piece has already got runs on the board with some of the songs off of their self-titled record, which is our current number one on the ARIA Albums Chart. 'Old' songs Down River and Love Lost are accompanied by huge crowd sing-alongs before newer cuts Miracle and set highlight Rabbit Hole – cue some killer strobe lighting – appear. As The Temper Trap move through songs such as Fader and Trembling Hands, however, there's a sense that no matter how awesome the Forum is, neither the size of the venue nor the stage does their show justice. They're not a stadium rock band yet, but a crack at Festival Hall rather than two shows at the (smaller) Forum would have given them more room to move.

Finishing with an encore of Soldier On and (predictably) Sweet Disposition, it's hard to get too caught up with the plethora of phones being waved around; such is the love in the room. It's a home-ground advantage that The Temper Trap use to perfection.