The Temper Trap's best-known song is "Sweet Disposition," from the (500) Days of Summer soundtrack. Naturally, the Shakespeare-sized romance of the song drew the most enthusiastic response of the night - even if it was the mere appetizer for the set-ending "Resurrection" and "Drum Song," both of which were excuses for Mandagi to pound on a drum and cymbal onstage. Although the gesture's been beaten to death (pun intended) in recent years, the force dedicated to this gesture ensured it was no mere facsimile.
One can say the same thing about the Temper Trap: The band's not reinventing the wheel or doing anything super-original, but its charisma and talent ensure that it has substance to back up the hype.
Personal Bias: Seriously, who's going to make me a mash-up of Christopher Cross and the Temper Trap? I'll post it.
Temper Trap Setlist: "Rest" "Fader" "Fools" "Down River" "Love Lost" "Soldier On" "Sweet Disposition" "Resurrection" "Drum Song"
Encore: New song "Science of Fear"