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My new music picks of the week: Josephine, Amy MacDonald, The Temper Trap and School of Seven Bells

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Josephine is a Manchester-based singer-songwriter, with a strong regional and celebrity following; Guy Garvey (Elbow) has named her as one of his top tips for future success. Josephine’s sound has been described as soulful and eclectic, with her single ‘A Freak A’ being a perfect representation of the genre. Speaking about the addictive track, she has said that:

(‘A Freak A’) is a celebration really, of understanding what you are and holding on to it…‘A Freak A’ is a way of saying we are all capable and allowed to be more than one thing.

Josephine is performing at Manchester’s first Lady Rock Festival on Saturday 26th May 2012 at the Rugby Club in Cheadle. The festival aims to ‘bring a bit of girl power back to the 21st century’ and will feature music, comedy and performance/participatory art across the site’s numerous, themed areas. Each and every one of the acts will be female (or female fronted). For more information and to buy tickets to the festival, please visit


Amy MacDonald has announced details of her third album via her official website this week. The album, ‘Life In A Beautiful Light’ will be released on June 11th, 2012 and the first single will be ‘Slow it Down.’ MacDonald’s second, million-selling album, ‘A Curious Thing’ (2010) spawned five hit singles including ‘This Pretty Face’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me That It’s Over.’ MacDonald has been busy writing material for her third album over the past two years and if this new track is any indication, Amy fans are in for a real treat come summer.


The Temper Trap will release their second, self-titled album on May 21st, 2012 (UK), with the first single to be released being announced as ‘Need Your Love.’ The album will be released on May 18th, 2012 in Australia/NZ/Germany and June 5th, 2012 in the US/Canada. After enjoying an Easter weekend of Noriyuki “Pat” Morita’s finest work, I am simply delighted that the band has decided to take inspiration from The Karate Kid films for their latest music video. The premise of the video being; what would have happened had Johnny been taken under Mr Miyagi’s wing. “Sacrilege!”, I hear you yell; I concur, yet I greatly enjoyed the musical morbid curiosity.


On the strength of hearing the sublime synth sounds of ‘Lafaye’, I recently purchased School of Seven Bells’ latest album, ‘Ghostory‘. I can’t recommend the record enough. Every track is worthy of a single release and their sound is quite unlike anything that’s been doing the rounds over the past few years. Their sound thrills and throws you in equal measure; very much an assault on the senses and an adventure ride of an album. I have a couple of favourite tracks, one of those being, ‘Scavenger’. The band has announced a couple of UK dates over the summer and I am keeping my fingers crossed for one in the North West region. I include this track here as my personal recommendation for a potential hit single on these shores. / / /

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April 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

International indie-rock favourites @thetempertrap confirmed for Liverpool Sound City festival

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International indie-rock favourites, The Temper Trap, have been confirmed for 2012’s Liverpool Sound City festival.

The three-day festival takes place on Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May 2012 and wristbands cost £30 per person. This admits you to every gig, across all three days. This represents amazing value for money considering the artists on the billing and the likely cost of a ticket to see those alone. A full festival pass costs £120, which gives you access to the gigs, panels, masterclasses, seminars and workshops.

To purchase tickets or to find out more about the festival, please visit

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March 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

If ‘Conditions’ is any kind of measure; this is a world which Alice will not be overly concerned with leaving any time soon

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…’but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge. In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.’
The Temper Trap announced details of their self-titled second album today, set for release on May 21st, 2012. The record will be the band’s first as a newly-expanded five-piece outfit following the permanent addition of Joseph Greer on keyboard and guitar. The album will feature 12 new tracks recorded in Los Angeles with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Phoenix). If debut album ‘Conditions’ is any kind of measure; this is a world which Alice will not be overly concerned with leaving any time soon.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Need Your Love

2. London’s Burning

3. Trembling Hands

4. Miracle

5. The Sea Is Calling

6. This Isn’t Happiness

7. Where Do We Go From Here

8. Never Again

9. Dreams

10. Rabbit Hole

11. I’m Gonna Wait

12. Leaving Heartbreak Hotel

A first taste of the record has been released, in the form of album track ‘Rabbit Hole’, which is available to stream from today via The first official single from the album will be opening track ‘Need Your Love’, set for release on May 7th, 2012. The band’s breakthrough single, ‘Sweet Disposition’, spent more than six months in the UK singles chart and their debut album was one of the standout successes of the year and has now sold over 800,000 copies worldwide.

The band will embark on a sold out tour of the US in March and have today announced a full UK tour for May, to coincide with the album release. Tickets for the UK shows are on sale at 12pm on Friday 9th March.

The Temper Trap – UK and US shows 2012

The Temper Trap SXSW shows

15 March         Stubb’s, Austin, USA – 12am

16 March         KCRW Showcase at The Parish, Austin, USA – 12am

The Temper Trap US tour

19 March         El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, USA – SOLD OUT

20 March         El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, USA – SOLD OUT

21 March         Glass House, Pomona, USA – SOLD OUT

23 March         Lincoln Hall, Chicago, USA – SOLD OUT

24 March         Lincoln Hall, Chicago, USA – SOLD OUT

25 March         Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada – SOLD OUT

28 March         The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, USA – SOLD OUT

29 March         Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA – SOLD OUT

30 March         Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA – SOLD OUT

The Temper Trap UK tour

09 May             Princess Pavilion, Falmouth

10 May             Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

12 May             Coal Exchange, Cardiff

13 May             Northumbria University Student’s Union, Newcastle

14 May             O2 ABC, Glasgow

16 May             HMV Institute, Birmingham

17 May             HMV Ritz, Manchester

18 May             Liverpool Arts Academy – as part of Liverpool Sound City Festival

21 May             Koko, London

22 May             Koko, London

Tickets are available via and

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March 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

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The Temper Trap review, Manchester

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Here is a link to my Temper Trap review, from their Manchester show on Sunday 9th May 2010:

Yes it is official; I now have quite the crush on front man Dougie Mandagi.

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May 11, 2010 at 5:51 pm

The Temper Trap

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The summer of 2009 was a great time for music and film; two of my particular favourite occurences being the arrival of and subsequent hysteria surrounding The Temper Trap and also the UK release of ‘500 Days of Summer.’ It just so happened that these two exciting events were not un-related, with The Temper Trap’s debut single ‘Sweet Disposition’ playing a pivotal and recurring role in the indie anti-romcom spectacular. If you haven’t seen the film I strongly urge you to, especially if, like me, you’re a fan of anything slightly off the wall, dark-humoured and ironic which features Zooey Deschanel and a whole raft of silly song and dance spectacles. 

Why can't elaborate, impromptu song and dance routines happen in real life?

But back to Australia’s finest export since Castlemaine XXXX and Alf  ‘stone the flamin’ crows!’ Stewart. The Temper Trap have gone from strength to strength since their debut single, which still sounds as fresh today as it continues to dominate the air waves. Their talent for atmospheric sounds and sun-drenched heart thumping rhythms was further proved when they released their debut album ‘Conditions’ in the summer of 2009, which has since reached platinum status. 

I caught the band live on a supporting slot for Florence and the Machine in December 2009 and they were amazing. The crowd had clearly come to see them as much as the headliner, in fact I would say that the reception and appreciation for these guys was louder and more constant, therefore definitely rivalling that of the main act. 

‘Sweet Disposition’ has been used on several tv advertisements, including that of the V Festival in 2009; perhaps inevitable then that the band would appear on the line-up this year, as so many people already associate the song with the Chelmsford/Weston fun-time fiesta. A slew of supporting slots and a selection of headlining shows followed, culminating in a headlining tour of the UK taking place at the moment. If you get the chance to see this band live I would certainly recommend you taking it up; you will be guaranteed a night of electric moments, effervescent melodies and a feel good ending which will leave you on a high for days to come.

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May 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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