The Temper Trap at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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It’s difficult to pinpoint the genre of music that The Temper Trap fall into. But the five-piece band formed in Australia are probably best described as an indie soft rock band, with most of their songs featuring mellow, catchy melodies.

It proved enough to draw in a sell-out crowd at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea on Thursday night.

The band played a number of songs from their upcoming album, The Temper Trap, due for release later this month.

This included new single Need Your Love, London’s Burning, The sea is calling, and Trembling Hands.

But they also returned to some songs from their debut album such as Love Lost and Down River.

The lead singer, Dougy Mandagi, has an amazing falsetto voice and I felt the band were thoroughly entertaining live.

After an hour, they left the stage and returned for an encore.

And finally, the crowd got what they were waiting for.

Undoubtedly their most successful hit, Sweet Disposition forced a huge cheer as the opening chords sounded out.

The 2009 single spent six months in the UK chart and hearing it live was a pure delight and sent the crowd wild.

I am sure there is a bright future for The Temper Trap after hearing a sample of their new album.

But I remain unsure whether or not they can match up to the success of Sweet Disposition. Only time will tell.

RUTH SCAMMELL