Artist Profile: ‘Temples’ and the Revival of Psychedelic Rock

Posted on: February 19th, 2014 at 11:07 am by

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Temples is the latest and greatest British psych rock that we’ve set our ears on in a long while. Even Johnny Marr (Smiths) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis) have given the band two thumbs up as being one of the best new sounds to come out of the island kingdom. Despite their lack of play over the airwaves, they’re blowing up in the media circuit across the pond – NME, The Guardian, and the like. They are just getting their feet wet stateside; time to get acquainted.

Their recent debut, Sun Structures (Heavenly Recordings) is an entrancing exercise in what everyone likes the most in the psychedelic genre. The mantra-esque lyrics, the tripped out jams, the South Asian-influenced soundscapes, the inspiration of the Byrds and the Beatles – it’s all there. It’s the ’60s revisited, yet structured. It doesn’t veer off into left field and prance naked into the freelove sunset. It maintains a level of sanity and civility through the blissful haze it creates.

As for the origins of band name? BOON Magazine got the scoop:

It was inspired by a Francesco Hayez painting, you can see on our Youtube. We wanted our music to soundtrack what was happening in that painting.

As of right now, they don’t have any tour dates scheduled for the East Coast, but that’s probably only a matter of time.

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