The Temper Trap, best known for their hit single “Sweet Disposition," rocked the Orange County observatory this past Monday, October 17 and I had the great opportunity to cover the event for Laguna Beach's sole radio station, KX 93.5. In contrast to the tiered levels of the disappearing Irvine amphitheater, where fans pay exorbitant prices to join bands up close in the pit, the observatory offers standing room general admission with a max capacity of around a thousand people. Fans had the chance to share this intimate setting both with the opening act, Coast Modern, and our Aussie headliners.
The Temper Trap kicked the night into gear with their new song, "Thick as Thieves," named after their recently released third studio album available for purchase on Spotify. Despite the song's lesser recognition, cheers and whistles erupted from the crowd. The room's energy burst into flames when “Love Lost,” a song from their debut album, rang through the near pitch black environment. Dougy Mandagi, the lead vocalist, had no reservations in switching between instruments and even borrowing a floor tom and ride from drummer Toby Dunas for a few crucial songs. Here are some images I was able to capture during their low light performance.