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The Temper Trap Thick As Thieves

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The Temper Trap in 2016 is a consolidation of what made the band matter to people in the first place. The title Thick As Thieves seemed a natural choice. Anthemic, direct, up, emotive music, typified by the first three songs that came: "So Much Sky," "Summer's Almost Gone" and "Burn." "Those were ones that were very much built around guitars," says Dundas. "And that was something that we wanted to do: for it to very much be a guitar record. It doesn't mean it can't have other stuff – the first record had lots of other stuff bubbling away underneath – but at the heart of it, if you strip everything away, that's the vibe."

It is a spirit that characterizes the whole album: from the first thud of its heartbeat kick drum, opener "Thick As Thieves" feels like it is a big chorus waiting to explode out of a box, and when that chorus does come – with its talk of "making noise and shouting" – this feels like a band who have discovered, or maybe re-discovered, who they truly are. The echoing, direct guitar lines and rumbling rhythm section of "Burn," for example, already sound like they should be reverberating around stadiums – and like the work of a band who are unashamed about wanting to connect with as many people as possible.

Positivity washes through the songs, to the extent that there is one song – possibly the most anthemic of all the songs in a very anthemic set – called "Alive" which goes "It feels so good...so good to be alive." The chorus on "Fall Together," meanwhile, runs, "Raise your voice because the time is now or never/And if we have to fall we'll fall together." "Riverina" is, Mandagi says, "a song about the power of songs."

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