Temper Trap talks Meadows Festival and their favorite bands
We caught up with Australian alt-rock band The Temper Trap before their set at The Meadows, their very first New York music festival. The band talked to us about their favorite bands, being inspired by Mt. Kilimanjaro and dealing with their pesky neighborhood kids.
Welcome to New York! What have you guys been up to since you got here?
We got just into New York, yesterday. Unfortunately, [we're staying] above a club so we're feeling a bit tired today, didn't close until 4 a.m. Didn't specify in the Airbnb that it's right above a club. I think it was called Louie and Chan?
Let's talk about your music a little bit. I heard you were getting inspiration while you were in Africa, in Tanzania. Can you maybe talk about that and how you gained inspiration from that?
There's a song on the record called "So Much Sky" which was inspired by the trip. Basically, we've donated money to build water wells for the Maasai tribes in Tanzania, and that came about through the work Johnny's wife does, missions work things like that. One day the opportunity just came from some of us to go there and see first hand the well that has been built and to meet with the Maasai.
Obviously being in Africa you wake up and it's just flat as far the eye can see. Above the clouds, Mt. Kilimanjaro is just peaking. That was the kind of scenery you wake up to everyday. Being around the Maasai as well was a very inspirational thing. So as soon as I left I knew I wanted to write about it, about the experience.
How is the festival scene for you and interacting with fans? How does it differ from the regular touring and places that you play?
We've never played at a festival in New York. We've never done those things, so this is like a first time experience for us. We just arrived here. Already, we're next to the stadium right now and the trains going past. It already seems kind of cool.
We will see what happens, man. But looking forward to it. We had some really good shows here in New York good fans, so hopefully some of them are at this festival today, we can put on for a good crowd and interact and enjoy.
A lot of bands are popping off in Australia like you guys and Tame Impala. Who are some Australian acts you like or have toured with that people need to know about?
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, they're kind of a band that's been only been around for while and only recently getting the playing they deserve. They're amazing.
They're not from Australia, but they're playing right now -- Coast Modern. They're really, really good. I think it's going to get a lot of radio play and start blowing up.
Your lyrics are kind of deep more introspective, yet the album art was kind of funny with the wolf masks can you expand on the back ground on that?
Initially, we were going to have a completely different album cover, it was just going to be a kind of boring photo of the four of us. I think we were in a meeting and we were looking for a single artwork for a song. I just remembered there's this Instagram photo Johnny took years ago of these kids and they're wearing wolf masks. We should use that because that's a cool photo.
I pulled it up on my phone. I showed everyone and then everyone was like maybe that should be the album cover. So after some deliberating, we decided that was going to be the album cover but they're just gypsy kids, naughty kids down the street in my neighbor's yard.
Anything else you would like to share?
We're having a great time touring the U.S. It's my favorite place to tour. Keep us popular and bring us back please!
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