Picks for 2013: Temples
It seems over the course of the past year the distorted drone and layered grouch of a hefty guitar rift of the patented sound of 60-psychedelia has influenced or at least heavily imprinted itself onto the creative music sphere. While bands like Tame Impala, Moon Duo and Crystal Antlers have been offering up of a healthy dose of spaced out psychedelically across the pond, the radio waves here have been rather silent. Well that’s all about to change thanks to jangly vintage romp of the neo psychedelic kickback of the British invasion of Kettering’s Temples.
Their debut single “Shelter Song” is already attracting the right kind of interest having been cited as “good work” and receiving a favourable thumbs up from Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. Approval of the highest order as has been given. Recorded using only the finest authentic vintage equipment time could provide, its twangy Birds-esque guitar rift, sharp rhythmic drumming and a weaving rippled melody evokes all the aesthetic quality of the retro kaleidoscope effect. This song ticks all the right boxes for a certified hit as it’s swinging 60s beat is infectious.
Transmitting some rather lush melodies and catchy harmonies for a début, “Shelter Song” is a predominant winner. Temples blend and breathe the heart and soul of garage rock while divulging themselves into the zeitgeist of the flower power era. This is not a revival but a breath of fresh air as they add their own mark of eccentricity to the trippy sound of the genres’ experimental and obscure sound. Sculpting, modifying, and transforming it..
Recently signed to Heavenly Records, who in the past have bought us such bands as Doves and Saint Etienne and who have this year added to their roster two of 2012’s breakout bands Steeling Sheep and Toy, things look on top form for the band ending this year on a high. Having just supported the Mystery Jets on their latest UK tour and a couple of festival appearance lined up for 2013 these boys will sail right trough the next 12 months in good spirits so should jump on board.