Feature /// Temples: spirituality and talent


Timing is a great thing for bands. When it coincides with talent and some seriously good music, the effect can be the one of the mass explosion. English psychedelic sensation Temples formed only at the end of the summer 2012 and now, without even a full-length album out, they’ve already supported The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park and earned the title of one of the hottest new bands around.

The beginning of Temples in all earnestness can’t be called plotting and scheming for the world domination. When Tom (bass, backing vocals) and James (vocals, guitar) started writing songs together, they’d already been friends for a long time. At the beginning the two musicians recorded a few demos and put them on YouTube just for the sake of it. However, the more than just enthusiastic reaction that followed made them reconsider their position and start a band. They added Sam on drums and Adam on keyboards and Temples were born.

The next victim to Temples’ unearthly sound became Jeff Barett of Heavenly Recordings. The moment he heard ‘Shelter Song’, he signed Temples straight away despite the fact that the band hadn’t even played a single show at that time. A true music guru with a spectacular music taste, Jeff unmistakably saw the potential of the collective.

So, seems like Temples cast some sort of spell with their music, don’t they? Turning for inspirations to the past decades, most notably 60s, 70s and 90s, Temples aren’t the imitation of any of these epochs, though. Their approach to making and recording music distances them from the past simply because they sound too progressive even for the present. Citing David Bowie as one of the role models, those icons who were not afraid to be well ahead of their times, Temples also follow the same philosophy in their creative work.

The band are not afraid to try out new things in music and go boldly in the directions unknown. They record their songs straight away without dwelling too much on a one-guitar-based demo in order to capture the moment instantly. Moreover, Temples never plan how a certain song should sound, but take their instruments, start playing and the magic begins. However, this impulsive spontaneity in everything is still very focused which explains the natural, effortless flow of the tracks and their unearthly aura.

Visually arousing, images stirring sound is the most natural thing on Earth for Temples. Their main aim is to get your imagination running while listening to the songs and create a whole moving picture in your head. The band name – Temples – is also no coincidence, but the reflection of the band’s sound – as spiritual, spacey and cinematic as a temple.

Temples’ background and environment played a big part in shaping the band too and taught them to work within certain limitations. Their first songs were recorded in the bedroom and the choice of equipment wasn’t that vast. Still Temples learned to get the best out of what they had and they did get out something truly extraordinary.

The band’s home town of Kettering became another important forming factor. Coming from this small place, which the musicians are very fond of, gave Temples the freedom of expressing themselves. When Temples were starting out, there was no fierce competition on the local scene and thus no necessity to follow any rules or standards. Consequently, the band made what at first seems a tough environment for a musician with almost no scene at all work for them as the best of possible advantages.

It might yet be a little bit early to call Temples Britain’s next big thing. But the waves the band are making with their neo-psychedelia are sure to bring them to some truly great things in the future.

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