Temper Trap entered the packed Hollywood Palladium to thunderous applause and girls screaming like it was an ‘N Sync concert circa 1999. The Australian indie-pop group played with virtually no breaks, letting the music speak for itself, and the audience ate it up. Despite the band’s recent move to London, lead singer Dougy Mandagi had a souvenir boomerang representing the band’s homeland taped to his mic stand, and he occasionally used it as a holder for his tambourine.
Most frontmen don’t have years of classical training, and Mandagi is no different, but he sings as if he did. After being on tour for over a month people can sometimes hear a lead singer’s voice occasionally wavering, but Mandagi sang with the bravado of a Broadway star. He also looked fly doing it, wearing white jeans, white shoes and a graphic T with a white base.
The band played “Drum Song” to end its set, highlighting the percussion by having Mandagi play a drum covered in water, letting colorful flashing stage lights refract through droplets to create a Blue Man Group-esque spectacle. When the Temper Trap finished its encore with the hit “Sweet Disposition” countless couples in the crowd started dancing. Girls got on boys’ shoulders, boys got on boys’ shoulders, and hugs and kisses were shared. Some guy standing back from the crowd chuckled. “Am I at a Doors concert?” he asked as the joyful bedlam continued.