Since the release of their debut single “Shelter Song” in 2012, Temples have been working like gangbusters. Between perfecting their live show and recording their debut album simultaneously over the course of last year, one of England’s most buzz worthy bands show no signs of stopping. Catching the band in the midst of their NME tour with Interpol, Royal Blood, and Circa Waves, BeatRoute was able to catch up with Thomas Edison Warmsley who expressed humility and insight on the band’s popularity throughout our phone conversation.
Sun Structures, Temples debut on Heavenly Recordings, is a swirling set of psychedelic pop rock complete with nods to the sounds of early Pink Floyd, late-career Beatles, and The Bryds among others. The Temples sound in Warmsley’s assessment “was an amalgamation of all our favourite records. From the beginning of the band we had a strong idea of what we wanted the songs to sound like. The band was basically created in the studio. In many ways we lead with an idea of how we wanted to sound rather than songs.” At the same time, Warmsley insists that their songs are “not trying to be one thing in particular rather a retrospective of all our favourite influences and sounds.” Indeed, one only has to give a listen to Sun Structures to know that these lads from Kettering are free from retro rock pastiche.
Temples can count among their growing fan base the likes of Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and most recently Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine), who personally sent the band a letter praising their first single. Warmsley was quite humble when asked about such praise. “It’s great when any famous person praises your band just because I guess they have such a wide reach of people,” he says. “It’s great for anyone really to understand what we’re trying to be… if people get it and if they happen to be famous people then so be it.”
With bands like Tame Impala, Pond, Goat, Night Beats and others appearing within the last couple of years, psychedelic music appears to have been given new life for modern audiences. While Warmsley states that it was never Temples’ intention to be a psychedelic band he says there are a lot of great things attached to that label. Warmsley observes “there’s such an emphasis on live music and I think for a lot of these bands it’s all about experiencing them live as much as their records.” The best thing about the psychedelic label is the sheer variety of styles and genres it can encompass for Warmsley.
Citing the Austin Psych Fest and Liverpool Psych Fest, he says, “You can go to a show and experience a band you would have never have otherwise heard or experienced… I think it’s breaking down boundaries between different genres and different styles of music.”
After touring and recording throughout the last year, Temples look forward to concentrating on honing their live act. Sun Structures was recorded in segments. As Warmsley explains, “We often had the opportunity to… test songs live. I think just from playing them live and developing what we do live it [helped] inform what we would put on the record.” For the next few months, “It’s just play, play, play,” says Warmsley. “It’s incredible to be back and not have half your mind on the studio at the same time. I think we’re going to enjoy it while we can.”
Temples are a young band with a lot of potential. The buzz they’ve generated in their first two years alone coupled with a strong debut album promises great things.
Temples play The Biltmore Cabaret April 8.
By James Olson
Photo: James Loveday