60’s psychedelia dragged into the 21st Century
OTW #467: Temples

It’s been a pretty good year for psychedelic music. Releases such as Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’ and the debut from Melody’s Echo Chamber have seen psychedelia hit the racks with full force. So, if a world of conscious mind-expanding seems more appealing than perhaps mushrooms, tie-dye and visions of badly carpeted drug dens then it’s inevitable that Temples will be the next stop on your journey.
Along with fellow Heavenly Recordings stable mates Toy, Temples hark from a world where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies, where colours swoon and merge and where escapism is but a simple pleasure. With such a strong force behind the psychedelic movement the band themselves can only praise the success of the current crop. “We're really big fans of TOY, Melody's Echo Chamber and Tame Impala. It's great bands classed as psychedelic are getting the attention they deserve. I think everyone is getting excited about live music again and those bands are all to do with the live experience”.

However, where Kevin Parker took Tame Impala down the Beatles route, digging directly from 1966's 'Revolver' and further still to one track -  'Tomorrow Never Knows', Temples took a different path. It’s hard to be as accurate; where The Ramones have been described as “the Beatles on speed” and ELO started where ‘I am the Walrus’ left off, Temples seem to cast a fresh evolution on their retro references... bucking the trend making and unleashing their inner stella traveller.

It’s easy for tracks like ‘Prisms’ to send your mind spinning into a Technicolor trip. The flutters and flutes create a perfect vibrant hue, forming a vortex that seems to charm the mind into unavoidably losing itself. Temples know there are no new shades on the spectrum, but they’re determined to have a blast at mixing the colours. And that is where the beauty lies.
Creating this pleasing escapism can’t have been easy. The band used vintage instruments to achieve their wobbly, kaleidoscopic sound on tracks like the glittering ‘Last train to Clarksville’ tones of their single ‘Shelter Song’. Temples tell clash how they go about creating their full blown out experience: “we both really like to experiment with sounds in the studio, which is this box room in James' house. James is more the technician of the band, but we have lots of old guitars, and analog tape machines we used to record ‘Shelter Song’. We just found sounds we liked and tried to write a song with them. We usually press record as we write, so you instantly hear how an idea would sound”.
Temples are good at what they do. Coming from experiments with psychedelic substances rather than straight down the Beatles food chain they manage to produce 60’s psychedelia that has dragged itself into the 21st century. The band themselves summarise it perfectly: “[We’re] majestic, cinematic, experimental but always with a pop song in mind”.

Words by Matthew French

WHERE: Kettering
WHAT: 60’s psychedelia dragged into the 21st century.   
GET 3 SONGS: 'Shelter Song', 'Prisms', The Golden Throne'

UNIQUE FACT: Expect Temples to be off to a flying start in 2013: ‘We’d like to have another record out in the new year’.


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