Splendour in the Grass band profiles: 1
The Temper Trap
The Temper Trap is an alternative rock quartet who provide an atmospheric sound created by grand guitars, pulsating rhythms and pining vocals. The Melbourne band moved to London last year to record their first album Conditions (they released The Temper Trap EP in 2006) with famed producer Jim Abbiss. Conditions was nominated for two ARIA Music Awards in 2009. Single Sweet Disposition features on the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack.
Florence + The Machine
British indie rocker Florence Welch is the voice behind Florence + The Machine, who uses a collaboration of artists (The Machine) to back her unique voice. The singer won the Critic’s Choice award at the 2009 BRIT Awards and her debut album Lungs went on to win the MasterCard British Album at the 2010 awards. Hit songs include You’ve Got the Love, Dog Days Are Over, Drumming Song and Cosmic Love. Heavy in Your Arms is on the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack.
Mumford & Sons
Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane formed Mumford & Sons in West London in 2007. They started off touring the London folk scene and soon progressed into one of the country’s top up-and-coming bands; releasing their debut album Sigh No More in 2009 (they had already released a debut EP). The rock folk quartet topped Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2009 with their debut single Little Lion Man.
Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun was formed by Pnau's Nick Littlemore and The Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele in 2006. The Australian electronic duo's debut album Walking On A Dream, which won seven ARIAs, was released in 2008. Hit songs including Walking On A Dream, We Are The People, Standing in the Shore and Without You are still regulars on Triple J and got them international attention especially in the United Kingdom.
Forming in 1998, New York City rockers The Strokes helped lead the post-punk revival of the early noughties with debut album Is This It. Is This It was so impressive, in fact, that NME named it their Album of the Decade. Two albums – Room on Fire and First Impressions of Earth – followed before the band had a four-year break from recording. They went back to the studio in the Summer of 2009. Their song Last Nite is a grungy dance favourite around the world.