Concert review: The Kissaway Trail & The Temper Trap


The Mod Club was an indie-rock haven last night. The opening band was Danish quintet Kissaway Trail. If you’re a fan of The Raveonettes, Mew, Flaming Lips and Arcade Fire you may have just found your new favourite band.

Kissaway Trail, led by the two-lead vocals of Thomas Fagerlund and Soren Corneliussen recently released their second album Sleep Mountain. Check them on on MySpace. Their songs are joyously pessimistic but yet beautiful with an epic sound, that despite the tangible dissonance, just works.

One of the last songs they performed was a cover of Neil Young’s Philadelphia, which left something to be desired. If you’re going to come all the way to Canada to do a Young cover, you better make sure you’ve nailed it. Don’t be fooled by first impressions. When it comes to recreating our best, we’re tough critics here in the great white north.

Here’s the video for the first single off their new album:

On to the main event. The Temper Trap comes to us all the way from Melbourne, Australia with the exception of lead singer Dougy Mandagi, who’s vertical rhythm makes your mind wander beyond the stage. There are still some live performance kinks they need to work out, including Mandagi’s banter with the audience, but nothing that the hefty tour schedule they have lined up won’t fix.

Highlight moments include….

1. The energetic clap-a-long to my favourite TT tune, Love Lost

2. The inevitable storm of fervour during Sweet Disposition, their latest single…surely given a bountiful boost thanks to the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack.

3. The irresistable instrumental Drum Song, which saw Mandagi pour water on a mini drum kit and beat the drenched hell out of it.

You can find my amateur video of Rest on YouTube:


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