Life-affirming is one of those douchey phrases that no music hack should ever really use. It goes in the trash with the orange peels, egg shells, bacon fat, and other words like "epic," "shimmering," and "soaring." Unfortunately The Temper Trap are a band that inspire such words—we're crumbled to clichés, damnit. Combine U2's sky-scraping bombast with a bass drum thwack and crash reminiscent of "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes, and the Aussie quartet's latest effort "Burn"—premiering below—is a classic Temper Trap anthem that's tough to deny. (As is their staggering numbers: 200 million Spotify streams alone, whut!?)
Lifted from their iminent third album, Thick as Thieves, this tune marks the first ever co-write for the quartet. Here they teamed up with Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey), while elsewhere the record boasts contributions from everyone from Malay (Frank Ocean), to Ben Allen (Animal Collective), to Pascal Gabriel (Ladyhawke, Goldfrapp).
"'Burn' was one of the early songs we wrote for the record and remains one of our favorites," notes drummer Toby Dundas. "It evolved from two very different tracks which gradually morphed together as one as we were recording. That’s the thing with this record… we had the time and space to develop tracks in a way which allowed them to take on a new life during the process."
Listen below and or watch the (live footage) video.
Temper Trap Tour Dates
6/5: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine #
6/6: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda #
6/9: New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
9/19: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/20: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
9/21: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
9/25: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
9/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre *
9/28: Chicago, IL @ Metro *
9/29: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
9/30: Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix *
10/4: Boston, MA @ Royale *
10/5: Philadelphia, PA @ TLA *
10/6: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
10/8: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
10/9: Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley *
10/11: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
10/12: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
10/13: Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
10/16: San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park *
10/17: Orange County, CA @ The Observatory *
10/18: Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco *
10/19: San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre *
# = w/ Walking Shapes
* = w/ Coast Modern
Pre-order Thick as Thieves now and get "Burn" immediately. Thick as Thieves is out on 6.10 via Glassnote.