So today I came across a band called Temples and I think it’s fair to say that I’ve been listening to their short but intriguing back catalogue on continuous loop! These chaps are from Kettering in the East Midlands, and have managed to cause a bit of a stir in the industry with their rejuvenating brand of psychedelia. They happen to be not at all dissimilar to the psychedelic-pop of Strawberry Alarm Clock, yet with a welcome dose of Tame Impala.
Fronted by the Bolan-esque James Bagshaw on lead vocals and guitar, the band are certainly a sight to see. Not afraid of crossing into glam-rock territory, don’t be surprised by swathes of velvet and glitter; I am completely sold! Temples began last year and in that time released an double-sided single, Shelter Song, which garnered them a fair bit of publicity; 10,000 Facebook fans later and even Johnny Marr is said to be a fan!
So if you’re in the mood for a bit of psychedelic revival with a twinge of garage, this is definitely a band that you want to listen to. They’re driven by the booming drums of Sam Toms, and when accompanied by Thomas Warmsley’s smooth bass, well, it’s nothing short of a dream for the eardrums. If you want to know what makes this band stand out, however, it’s their use of distorted vocals and Adam Smith’s swelling keyboards. Recorded predominantly on vintage equipment, this could be a lost single dug out of someone’s attic, untouched since 1968.
Do your ears a favour and listen to their sublimely groovy B-Side Prisms below!