Psychedelia freshens up in the hands of a burgeoning Brit outfit
Fancy a dose of catchy 1970s-style psychedelia-tinged folk pop? The hotly-tipped young guns Temples – not yet a year old – could be right up your street.
Fronted by vocalist and guitarist James Bagshaw – who looks every inch the young Marc Bolan – this quartet sound like the dreamy British offspring of West Coast pop, futuristic glam and droning psych rock. James is joined by Tom Warmsley on bass and backing vocals, Sam Toms on drums and Adam Smith on keyboards. The four apparently bonded over the writing of Aldous Huxley and Timothy Leary, the films of Kenneth Anger, and the music of The Byrds rather than the Fab Four.
Yet to release a full album, their latest single Keep In The Dark (with a riff curiously reminiscent of the Bay City Rollers track from decades ago) has just been released. Looking for inspiration in the grey, unromantic environs of the Midlands market town of Kettering, they recorded first single Shelter Song themselves in summer 2012, put it on the Internet, and set into motion a chain of events that saw them signed on Heavenly Records, a label known for its honest pioneering spirit.
The chaps have been cooking up a storm at summer festivals like Reading and Leeds and Latitude and were on the bill when The Rolling Stones returned to Hyde Park.
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They have sold out some modest headline shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London and are now heading out on a UK-wide tour that brings them to the Westcountry for the first time.
Temples play Exeter Phoenix on October 22.