Temper Trap and Butterfly Bones

A couple of nights ago, my wife and I caught Australian band Temper Trap at the Depot.

This was the first time the band – vocalist/guitarist Dougy Mandagi, bassist Jonathon Aheme, lead guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto, drummer Toby Dundas and keyboardist/guitarist Joseph Greer – played Salt Lake City. And the Depot, with its sight lines and state-of-the-art sound system, was the perfect place for the band’s Utah debut.

And there was quite a welcoming committee of fans that filled the main floor.

While Temper Trap wears its influences on its sleeve — U2, Coldplay, Prince, with a little hippie jam band thrown in for good measure – the atmospheric arrangements, highlighted by tight and primal musicality, can’t be ignored.

In fact, there were times when each musician seemed to be physically flaying about in their own little world while musically working the same stream of consciousness.

The cool thing is the band is still young. It’s debut CD, “Conditions,” was released last year, and while it peaked on the Billboard 200 at No. 175, this tour is setting the foundation for higher chart positions and bigger shows in the future.

Plus it will be interesting to hear the band mature over the next couple of years.

Oh, and you fans of techno pop should check out San Francisco’s The Butterfly Bones.

The three piece opened for Temper Trap and got the audience dancing to some keen synthesizer hooks, which were highlighted by sweet electric guitar and acoustic drums.

The instruments blended easily and gave a little ’90s rave-like feel to some arrangements, which were inspired by a whole lotta ’80s new wave.

Check them out, and I challenge you not to dance or at least tap your toes.

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