British neo-psychedelic band Temples make trippy psychedelic pop that combines the experimental sound of bands like the Move and mid-period Byrds with the classic song craftsmanship of the Beatles.
Formed in Kettering, Temples centered around the talents of songwriting duo vocalist/guitarist James Bagshaw and vocalist/bassist Thomas Warmsley. After adding drummer Sam Toms and guitarist/keyboard player Adam Smith to the band, they released their debut single, "Shelter Song," on Heavenly in 2012. After a busy 2013 spent playing shows, recording the album, and releasing two singles ("Colours to Life" in June, "Keep in the Dark" in October), the band's first album, the Bagshaw-produced Sun Structures, was released in early 2014. A steady stream of tour dates around the world, and an unlikely appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, kept the band busy the rest of the year. Near the year's end, Heavenly released Sun Restructured, a super-trippy reimagining of the Sun Structures album done by the remix team of Richard Norris and Erol Alkan, aka Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve. The band spent the next two years working on their new album and keeping up a steady slate of concert appearances. "Certainty," the first song from their second album, was debuted in late 2015 and featured the addition of synthesizers to their retro-psych sound. Self-produced and written by all four members of the group, Volcano was issued by Fat Possum in March of 2017. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi