‘Let’s Wrestle’ Vs. ‘The Temper Trap’: SMACK DOWN!

World Wrestling Blog Match right here on ‘Heroes of Indie Music.’  The WWB put in loads of cash and billions of dollars promoting this Smack Down!  You decide who wins and who looses.  These Brits are ready to rumble and the Aussies are way over keeping their anger and rage inside (the Brits thought that island would make a nice penal colony).  It’s gonna get ugly on Saturday, so don’t wait to sign-up and put down your money. 


 The Temper Trap


 The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

The Temper Trap is an indie rock band which formed in 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. The band consists of Dougy Mandagi (vocals, guitar), Lorenzo Sillitto (guitar, keyboards), Jonathon Aherne (bass) and Toby Dundas (drums).

The Temper Trap’s story begins with Dougy. Born in Indonesia and immersed in an artistic and musical family, with some  rich influences from singing in church choirs with his aunt and uncle and listening to his dad, a country music fan, play guitar. These influences evolved around Dougy, as he moved consistently from different islands in Indonesia to Hawaii and then eventually to Australia. After moving to Australia, Dougy started working as a portrait drawer at $25 a pop; he also sang for loose change in downtown Melbourne.
Dougy eventually ended up working at the same retail store as Toby.  Dougy had thought of starting a band for years and after a few months of boring work hours and finding out Toby was a drummer and a walking musical dictionary, the first band practice began, minus a bass player.  In one of the coincidences that the band have come to rely on, Jonny worked a couple of stores down and was called in.  He had known Dougy for years, back in the busking days when Dougy first arrived in Melbourne. Jonny, the 13 year old dreamer and son of a missionary, wanted to learn some guitar and Dougy helped him out.  A brotherly friendship was formed with some sense of common ground, both drawing life from music and their spiritual upbringings, and unaware of the musical union which would be formed 6 years later. From Last.FM



Let’s Wrestle


Let’s Wrestle – I Wish I Was in Husker Du

Musical style

The band claims that their musical influences include The Beatles, Neil Young, Pavement, Nirvana, Swell Maps, Pixies, The Raincoats, Bowie, Beach Boys, Fugazi, ELO, Dinosaur Jr, Buddy Holly, Black Sabbath, The Clean, Denim, Grandaddy, Husker Du, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Phil SpectorThey have also said that they are “ultimatly trying to be as raw as possible and they try to write songs that make your soul crumble as well as making you smile, sing along and clap your hands”.

Critical reception

The band was described by the NME as “a charming, funny and utterly real trio”.[4] Drowned in Sound gave their track “Song For Abba Tribute Record” an 8/10 describing it as a “downtrodden plea from a self-absorbed man with issues” by a “captivating and cutting band” of “ham-fisted gentlemen”.[5] The song was also described by the BBC Collective as “the accidental 4am lovechild of eight bottles of £2.99 Merlot and a wheelbarrow full of Cutter’s Choice”.[6 From Wiki

  • Let’s Wrestle at MySpace
  • NME Artist page
  • Let’s Wrestle at Stolen Recordings
  • Let’s Wrestle at Last.fm
  • From Wiki.Org

    ~ by castleqwayr on April 29, 2010.

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