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Who? Today, WJ Bookmarks… Temples
What? Oh boy, the sixties; what a decade. This writer wasn’t even nearly born, but If neo-psych band Temples and their near-perfect pastiche of kaleidoscopic, Beatles-era jangle-pop are anything to go by, then it certainly was a nifty time to be alive. Their Zombies-ish debut single ‘Shelter Song’ (released Nov 12 on Heavenly Recordings) is the kind of crackle you’d expect from a dust-encrusted 1965 vinyl – albeit a gnarly, modern take on Donovan‘s ‘Sunshine Superman’ delivered by a dishevelled, saucer-eyed Colin Blunstone. It’s effortless, woozy and perfect for a booze-sedate beer garden on a sunny afternoon.
Once a duo now a foursome, Temples are comprised of James Bagshaw (vocals & guitar), Thomas Warmsley (bass & backing vocals), Sam Toms (drums) and Adam Smith (keys). The single – as well as it’s breathtaking B-side ‘Prisms’ – was recorded and produced at their home studio in Kettering and they’ll be embarking on a November tour with Eel Pie Island heartthrobs the Mystery Jets in November.
Where? When? You can see them alongside Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs at The Old Blue Last (Nov 12), with Tribes and Splashh at the Camden Barfly (Nov 15) or supporting the Mystery Jets at the Royal Festival Hall (Nov 29).
Why? While their hypnotic vision of guitar-pop may be rigidly rooted in the past, just like dream-weaving visionary Opossom there’s enough of a twist here to keep it current. Plus, their Django Django harmonies and Tribes-y swagger will surely put them at the summit of new music polls come January.
Previously: ‘WJ Bookmarks… Lowell’