Noel Gallagher loves them, but don’t let that put you off these neo-psych superstars in the making. Turn on, tune in, trip out.
Marc Bolan lookalike as a frontman? Tick. Unabashed neo-psych by way of the Kinks? Tick. Noel Gallagher apparently ‘worships’ them? Tick. Temples – Midlands boys and Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs tourmates – are peddling warped, trippy nostalgia sounds to warm the heart and soul. The band spoke to Wonderland before the release of their new single Colours To Life.
How did Temples come about?
Temples originally started as a recording project between James and myself. We recorded a set of demos last summer and put them on the internet and didn’t really think past that. But then were asked to play some live shows, so we decided we’d better put a band together in Kettering with Samuel Toms (drums), Adam Smith (sounds, tambourine) and we haven’t stopped since.
There’s a definite psychedelic influence to your music, who did you listen to growing up? Did this genre have a big impact on you?
It was probably the genre that brought us all together, there was never many clubs in Kettering that’d play that sort of music, so we would just go round each others houses and listen to loads of records. It’s such a broad genre, which is what’s so great about it.
You record your songs in James studio, which you call a ‘box room’. Is experimentation and frequent recording an important part of your creative process?
I guess unlike your high-end studios, where there’s so many constraints; like time, cost, patience of the engineer, we’ve always had the freedom to record whenever, which naturally leads to experimentation. I think unless you’re an expert in sound recordings, you have to experiment to get by. It’s far more interesting that way. We usually record as we write, and just throw in ideas into songs.
You guys have been gigging non-stop since December 2012. Are you ever going to take a day off?
I think live music is so important these days, it’s the only thing you can experience and walk away with. We always try and take our songs in a different direction for live, it’s important it’s a entirely separate experience.
We think ‘Shelter Song’ is one of the most infectious songs of the year. What does it take to make a song like that?
‘Shelter Song’ was the first song we recorded together, not much of it was calculated as such, we just found some sounds we liked and built on top of them.
You’re playing a lot of festivals this summer – what’s the best thing about festival life?
It’s great when music brings large crowds of people together, it’s otherworldly. I think you always manage to find new bands you end up being fascinated with. Scout the smaller stages.
Who are you most excited about seeing play while you’re there?
It’ll be great to share the bill with bands like Kraftwerk, The Black Angels, Allah Las, Toy, Jacco Gardner
What other current bands are you really into right now?
Goat and this band from Manchester called OSC.