In 2009, Australia’s The Temper Trap released their debut LP, Conditions, to rave reviews and the single “Sweet Disposition“—featuring singer Dougy Mandagi’s unique vocal stylings—became a worldwide hit (not to mention one of the most licensed songs of all time). And now the band are back with its self-titled follow up: Temper Trap, released in June, immediately shot to number one in Australia, and now the band will begin introducing it to North American audiences, starting with a show tonight at the Kool Haus. Prior to the gig, the band will perform live at The Edge‘s Sugar Beach Studio at 7:30 p.m., and all are welcome to come down and say “hi.”
With all due respect to the incredible accomplishments of the athletes at the 2012 Summer Games, the most significant moment—for Oasis fans, at least—will take place in the closing ceremonies, when Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye perform “Wonderwall.” Olympic organizers first asked Noel Gallagher if he wanted to perform the Oasis anthem and, when he passed, they asked Liam, who said “yes.” The song will feature a new arrangement by composer David Arnold, best known for his work on James Bond films. Also scheduled to perform at Sunday’s ceremonies are The Who, One Direction, and a rendition of “Wish You Were Here” featuring Ed Sheeran backed by as-yet-unconfirmed members of Pink Floyd. Coincidentally, Oasis’ mid-’90s Britpop rivals Blur will headline a closing ceremony concert at Hyde Park alongside New Order and The Specials on Sunday evening.
NEW YORK, NEW ROCK
Two rockin’ bands from New York hit town this week for a couple of shows. Fuzzy guitar purists The Glazzies—whose debut full length, Time Bomb Love, is making fast friends down south—will be joined by The Killing Floor, whose sound is reminiscent of the vintage New York City vibe and attitude; the video for the track “Star Baby,” from their self-titled debut, was directed by film director Joel Schumacher. The bands will perform at The Rivoli this Sunday (Aug. 12) and then on Tuesday (Aug. 14) at The Drake.