If this sold out show at Gorilla proves anything, it’s that Temples are on the verge of becoming a big deal. It was difficult to find anything at fault with the band's performance, with them playing their two previous singles ‘Shelter Song’ and ‘Colours to Life’, recent single ‘Keep in the Dark’, along with several lesser known cuts from the hotly anticipated from their upcoming full length.
The band have a lush psychedelic sound laced through their material, and it’s easy to see the influence of the Beatles, as well as the likes of Tame Impala (so basically just the Beatles). Early songs such as ‘Sun Structure’, ‘Prisms’ and ‘Move with the Seasons’ are full of haunting vocal harmonies and tambourines, over an ever present driving bass line, which the crowd lap up. There's an undying pulse to the Temples sound which makes it seriously invigorating.
‘Colours To Life’, the bands first single, brings the biggest reaction from the crowd with its Smiths-esque jangly guitars and vocal hooks, before the band lurch into a new song, ‘Sand Dance’. This is a brief pause from the psychedelia, as its chanting vocals sound very jagged and rough, and its clear to see this alienates some areas of the audience momentarily. Luckily Temples pick it before leaving the stage with ‘Ankh’. This song is an absolute modern epic with colossal synth and guitar lines, which trail off into a psychedelic mush and leave the crowd wanting more. Luckily the set isn’t quite over, for the band return to play ‘Mesmerise’, led by fast 12 string guitar lines which melt together and also take a while to trail off , and ‘Shelter Song’, with its lush, layered vocals.
As the band play through their relatively short setlist, it’s clear to see that they ooze confidence. Singer and guitarist James Bagshaw has a spectacular total of 17 effect pedals to help produce Temples unique experimental rock sound, but the sound that they all produce together is special and feels completely unique. Their debut album is due in February next year, and it will definitely be worth checking out. Temples proved that their might be some music worth listening to once the year is out.
Words: Matthew Staite