Taking everyone on a kaleidoscopic journey to nostalgia, UK band TEMPLES is far from pulling the breaks as they ride to stardom with their latest album flashing brightly as their headlights.
Temples is striking while the iron is still piping hot. Ever since the release of their second studio album entitled Volcano, they’ve been on the road to make sure that everyone gets to have a taste of their latest offering. The band just finished a three-day drive from Montreal to Vancouver and before that, they came from Japan to play a set at the Fuji Rock Festival. “The Rocky Mountains are breathtaking and very inspirational,” says the band’s bassist Tom Walmsley, he continues, “we’re not normally a band that writes while on tour, but things are changing and we’ve started to attempt doing so since new music is imminent.”
“Our albums transport you away to somewhere for 50 minutes. You want to listen to the music from start to finish, and it never really breaks from where it would take you.”
Tom and the band’s frontman and guitarist James Bagshaw met years ago when they were in rival bands but eventually started recording music together as a home studio project, which ultimately led to becoming Temples. They then recruited fellow Kettering-based musician Sam Tom to play drums and Adam Smith to play keyboards-guitar and the rest, as they say, was history. Heavy on the synth, ethereal vocals, and head bobbing melodies sum up the psychedelic and addicting sound of Temples. “Our albums transport you away to somewhere for 50 minutes. You want to listen to the music from start to finish, and it never really breaks from where it would take you. We wanted to replicate the effect when you’re listening to an LP, which I think in a nostalgic sense, it can be perceived as retro,” says Tom. Producing their albums make it look so simple by the group. From forming an idea of a sound that they unanimously wanted to create in the studio, and to just enjoying the writing process, they carried on doing whenever they would come up with new music. “It’s strange to look back and to see how it’s developed a following, when it began as something just between the four of us,” Tom shares. Read on as Tom continuous to discuss Volcano, where they want to perform next, and producing psychedelic rock.
“I think we’re part of a generation that constantly feeds off of nostalgia so by getting people to experience something of familiarity, I’m not sure how different it is from other genres around at the moment.”
Can you tell us about your creative process when you were working on Volcano?
Tom: We’re usually a band that has to immerse ourselves in whatever we’re doing, so when it comes to writing, our full focus is already on recording and creating the right kind of sounds in the studio. With Volcano, we didn’t really have a preconceived idea of how we wanted the record to sound, which was a new experience for us. The ultimate sound of the record only began to develop after the songs were written. We just kept layering up sounds, until a demo idea of a song becomes the finished article.
What is the most memorable song you’ve created?
T: Probably “The Golden Throne” or “Sun Structures” because they were some of the first tracks we recorded, which really captured the sound of our first album. It can be a rare thing for one singular piece of music to sum up an entire record and capture an atmosphere, but I think either of those both achieved that goal. Whenever we play those songs live, it feels like being back in the studio for the first time.
How is it like producing psychedelic rock in a generation, which is used to making and listening to a different kind of genre?
T: I think we’re part of a generation that constantly feeds off of nostalgia, so by getting people to experience something of familiarity, I’m not sure how different it is from other genres around at the moment. We’ve always enjoyed creating music that has some kind of longevity and depth. Adding as much detail as possible is something we try and do with everything we record.
What other music festivals or places do you dream on performing?
T: We’d love to play more shows in Southeast Asia and South America. We were lucky enough to tour there once in 2015, and the crowd there is really passionate. We’d love to go back to Rock in Rio or Lollapalooza in Brazil and Argentina.
What’s next for Temples?
T: We’re touring in East Asia and Europe in November, and getting back in the studio very soon to record new music before the end of 2017.