New Audio: British Psych Rock Act Temples Releases a Shimmering Lysergic New Single

Currently comprised of founding members James Bagshaw (vocals, guitar) and Tom Walmsley (bass) along with Adam Smith (keys, guitar), the Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK-based indie rock/psych rock act Temples initially began as a home studio-based project back in 2012 featuring two musicians, who had known each other for years from Kettering’s local music scene.

The duo uploaded four self-produced tracks, which caught the attention of Heavenly Recordings founder and label head Jeff Barrett, who signed the band and agreed to release their debut single “Shelter Song” later that year. Shortly after signing to Heavenly Recordings, Bagshaw and Walmsley recruited Samuel Toms (drums) and Adam Smith to flesh out the band’s live sound — and to complete the band’s first lineup.

Since then the band has released two critically applauded and commercially successful albums — 2014’s Sun Structures, which landed at #7 on the UK Charts and 2017’s Volcano.  Building upon a growing national and international profile, the British indie rock act has made appearances across the UK, European Union and North American festival circuits. They’ve shared stages with the likes of Suede, Mystery Jets, Kasabian and The Vaccines among others — but over the past years, they’ve transitioned into a headlining act that has also made their Stateside national television appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Last year, saw a major lineup change for the acclaimed British indie rock act. Samuel Toms left the band to focus on his solo recording project Secret Fix, and later joined the equally acclaimed Fat White Family. Temples also left their longtime label home Heavenly Recordings and signed with ATO Records, who will be releasing the newly constituted trio’s highly-anticipated third album Hot Motion.

Slated for a September 27, 2019 release, Hot Motion reportedly finds the band continuing to craft an intricate and nuanced sound — but while digging into a deeper, darker creative well of sorts.  The album’s second and latest single, the shimmering and hook-driven “You’re Either On Something.” And while the track  manages to possess a lysergic and technicolor quality that will bring of Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles, Tommy-era The Who and Currents-era Tame Impala to mind, the track hints at something much darker under the surface — perhaps, the relentless and gnawing desire to escape a world that’s become increasingly disappointing and mad. “I’m really proud of ‘Your’e Either On Something’ lyrically because I feel deeply connected with the words — they’re so truthful,” the band’s James Bagshaw says in press notes. “On that track, I can hear influences of stuff that I listened to when I was growing up. There’s almost a nostalgia to that track, even though it’s very forward-looking.”

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Dates
8/30– Manchester Psych Fest @ The Ritz – MANCHESTER
9/6 – Ebrovision Festival – MIRANDA DE EBRO
10/11 – 10/13 – Perris, CA @ Desert Daze Festival
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room
10/18 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre
10/19 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
10/21 – Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theatre
10/22 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs
10/24 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10/25 – 10/27 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/30 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
10/31 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
11/2 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
11/4 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
11/5 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
11/7 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/8 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/9 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/12 – Locomotiv – BOLOGNA
11/15 – Shimmer Sounds Festival – CARDIFF
11/17 – Shimmer Sounds Festival – BIRMINGHAM
11/19 – Botanique Orangerie – BRUSSELS
11/20 – Trabendo – PARIS
11/22 – Mascotte – ZURICH
11/24 – Magnolia – MILAN
11/25 – Roxy – PRAGUE
11/26 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – BERLIN
11/28 – Grunspan – HAMBURG
11/29 – Loppen – COPENHAGEN
11/30 – Luxor – COLOGNE
12/2 – Komedia – BRIGHTON
12/4 – Riverside – NEWCASTLE
12/6 – Rescue Rooms – NOTTINGHAM
12/7 – Engine Rooms – SOUTHAMPTON
12/8 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – LONDON
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