Although it’s easy to think it’s all been done before, there’s something new, fresh and bloody exciting about Temples. Oozing an accomplished and organic neo-psych sound, peppered with shimmering late sixties influences and rounded up in a punchy pop parcel- they’re on to something pretty special. Although there’s no denying they all have crackin’ barnet’s and can wear fur and glitter better than any girl I know, this isn’t a style over substance situation, and if so many people have clocked on this early (they formed less than a year ago) then they can’t all be wrong. Plus, after managing to catch them at a couple of recent shows, I heard another crowd goer claim their set as ‘all killer, no filler’- and you know what? It might be cheesy. But it’s certainly true.
I caught up with Tom from Temples via the power of the internet to talk first E.Ps, musical inspiration and what’s coming next for music’s most exciting new band…
So, first things first- how did you guys get together?
We started as a recording project with just James and myself. We put a few songs on Youtube last summer and that we recorded in this box room at James’ house. A few people wanted to book us for some shows, so we decided we’d better put a band together with Samuel Toms (drums), Adam Smith (sounds, tambourine).
You grew up in Kettering, how do you think growing up in a small town affected the way you write? Did it inspire you more to look to the past for inspiration?
We’ve all lived in cities at some point in our lives, but I think it was coming back to Kettering which really inspired us, removing ourselves from what you’d typically expect to experience from the city, and what you wouldn’t in a small town. If anything it makes you stick together more. We spend a lot of time in each others record collections.
The last few months have been pretty exciting for you, have you had any real ‘wow’ moments or ‘I can’t believe this is what we’re doing’?
It was fairly odd going to Paris recently with our label Heavenly Recordings. It was this road trip all in this big coach together with Toy, Stealing Sheep and Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, we played these shows together with all four bands on the bill. It was incredible to be a part of. We want to do a Heavenly trip every year.
Critics have described your sound as psychedelic- is that how you would describe your sound; would you say that’s going to be the theme for the debut album- what can we expect?
We just want to create a record which you could sit and experience.
Have you started recording the album yet- how is that going being in the studio?
We’re recording all the time together, it’s been really exciting putting together songs and seeing a record take shape.
Having been highly rated by people such as the NME and a certain Mr Gallagher, does it feel surreal to have been embraced by the industry so quickly?
It’s strange because 8 months ago we weren’t even a band. It’s great that people have caught on so early. We just want to keep playing live and record as much as possible.
What was the first record/E.P you bought?
It was this odd 60s compilation I found in this junk shop in Kettering. None of the tracks played all the way through. I remember it had this soul version of Paranoid by Black Sabbath on it.
Which artists have inspired your sound the most- which influences would you like to be heard in your music?
We really love The Byrds, Soft Machine, Bolan, Bowie they write pop music in the most experimental way. Then we love orchestral sounds that have a cinematic fidelity to them, and producers like Joe Boyd, Jack Nitzsche and Tony Visconti who created sounds in the studio that were so alien to their time.
As well as a pretty packed out festival schedule- what’s next for Temples?
We have our next single coming out next month, it’s called `Colours To Life’ and hopefully another this Summer. We just want to play as many shows as possible, and then lock ourselves away in the studio to finish our record.
Temples are currently touring the U.K, and you can watch the video of their new single, Colours To Life here.