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An anthem for youth and adults alike, discount rx The Temper Trap’s release of “Sweet Disposition” in 2009 created a niche for the band amongst a mainstream music world flooded with the likes of Lil’ Wayne, and Chris Brown, and then-newcomers Katy Perry and Leona Lewis. Citing influences like Coldplay and Radiohead, The Temper Trap broke barriers with their progressive track, which permeated television and radio, even making its way to the EDM scene after being remixed by celebrated Swedish House Mafia great, Axwell, and Dirty South. Their refreshing mix of musical styles, blended with singer Dougy Mandagi’s unique vocal sound and heartfelt lyrics, lifted the band to international acclaim with the release of “Sweet Disposition,” and later singles like “Fader” and “Love Lost.”

Three years later, The Temper Trap has returned with a greatly anticipated self-titled album, and a new member, keyboardist Joseph Greer. Due for release in Australia/New Zealand on May 18, May 21 in the UK, and June 5 in the US and Canada, The Temper Trap has released a preview of their sophomore album to Rolling Stone. Mixing Greer’s vintage synth sounds with Mandagi’s vibrato and all of the youthful strength and tone they showcased on their first album, Conditions, their second album will prove to be an equally well-executed display of their talent and creativity.

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The band called up inspiration for some of the tracks on the album from their time living in England during the 2011 riots, as well as a breakup that Mandagi cites as a huge influence on his songwriting. “I went through a breakup while we were in the middle of touring. It actually felt great to exorcise that in a lot of these songs. Like ‘Trembling Hands.’ That’s literally me going back to scenes of my past life, smelling the air and taking in the surroundings. It was a surreal experience. I hope people can see the honesty in the work.” 

“Need Your Love,” the first single released from the album, has all of the emotion, musicality, and lyrical beauty that lifted “Sweet Disposition” to break the top 40 three years ago. Via Rolling Stone’s preview of the album, listeners can get a taste of the punk-minded “London’s Burning,” as well as “This Isn’t Happiness,” arguably a testament to Mandagi’s aforementioned breakup.  “We don’t want to walk alone forever/ We don’t want to live without each other in the end…” speaks to letting go of more than just the person, but the dreams and plans that build up together in a relationship in “Dreams.”

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Traversing through the album, fans will not be disappointed. The Temper Trap has lost none of their knack for describing the emotions that the majority of humanity has a hard time defining. During a time where most mainstream music has lost its lyrical depth, count on this album to transport you to the place where feelings and words coexist symbiotically. Available for pre-order on iTunes, the second album from these indie Aussies is a must-have.

Don’t believe us? Check out RollingStone.com for the free album preview!

written by Rachel Margaritis