If you’ve been searching for some 60s-style psychedelic rock but your records from The Rolling Stones and The Who are getting old, then look no further! Fresh young English band Temples has just recently released their first studio album, Sun Structures, complete with kaleidoscopic melodies, neat beats and gritty vocals.
A fledgling band, Temples formed in 2012, and initially gained immense popularity supporting heavy-hitters like Kasabian and Mystery Jets. Oasis’s Noel Gallagher has claimed they are the best new band in Britain, and while we’re not completely convinced of that grandiose claim, Sun Structures is certainly worth a listen.
It’s got that kind of wholesome groove and grainy touch that instantly harks back to the 60s, while also bringing a more modern vibe. It is, what Temples calls it, “neo-psych”. While it’s not the kind of stuff you’ll find yourself bellowing the lyrics to in the deepest, darkest, sometimes drunkest, hours of the night, it does make for a great chill-out album.
One of our favourites, “Mesmerise” (released as a single in November) has a catchy melody but hard-to-decipher lyrics, making it all the more mysterious. Also, the video-clip is, put simply, quite bizarre, and manages to give the song a different – more modern – feel than when you first hear it.
Now that they have released their own album, they have set off on their world tour, starting in the UK and Europe, then over to the US to play at Coachella. In May 2014 they will make their way over to sunny Australia for a brief stint, so make sure to catch them while they’re here.
I could say more, but I’m too busy trying to find my high-waisted corduroy pants and a bean bag to wear while I zone out into a by-gone era in this old-meets-new album.
Hometown: Kettering, England
Latest album: This! Sun Structures, released February 2014
Sounds like: Tame Impala’s Lonerism, The Rolling Stones, The Who
Say what? Lead vocalist James Bangshaw and bass guitarist Thomas Warmsley were initially from rival bands in their hometown Kettering, before they decided to join forces.
With sweet summer kisses from Cath