Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Temples

Temples’ music expresses an irresistible vibrancy and energy. The band have a unique sound which almost borders on The Beatles meeting a modern-day psychedelia. They accomplish this with their psychedelic guitar riffs and spiraling harmonies which simply suck you into loving their music. Temples took the time to answer some questions of ours, so check it out!

AMBY: How would you describe your music to others?

Temples: Progressive, psychedelic, primeval, exciting.

AMBY: Where did the name Temples come from and what is the significance behind it?

Temples: We wanted a name that was as spiritual and cinematic as the music we were recording; Temples seemed to match well.

AMBY: Is there an album in the works and if so, when are we looking at a release date?

Temples: We’re always writing and recording songs but we’re concentrating on our live show at the moment.

AMBY: I hear some psychedelic influences. Who inspires your songwriting?

Temples: We’re huge fans of west coast pop, The Byrds and The Turtles, and some great British psychedelic bands too. I think these impact on the sensibility of our songwriting. As much as artists though, we’re influenced by producers like Jack Nitzsche, Tony Visconti and Paul Rothchild.

AMBY: I really love how fresh Shelter Song sounds. What is the story behind it?

Temples: Shelter Song is the first song we wrote and recorded together as a band. That one is all about the 12-string guitar.

AMBY: What is the biggest benefit of being able to record in your own studio?

Temples: We’ve recorded all our songs in James’ studio, which is this small box room crammed full of instruments and equipment. It’s great to be able to record the moment the ideas come, it really helps to build a picture of a song.

AMBY: How did the members meet and the band form?

Temples: James and I wrote a few songs together, and decided we had better form a band. We’ve now got our friends Sam [Toms] on drums, and Adam [Smith] on keyboards. We’re all from Kettering.

AMBY: You will be touring with one of our favourites, Mystery Jets. What can people expect at your live shows?

Temples: Lots of gold and reverb.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Temples: The Byrds- 5th Dimension, Pink Floyd- Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Sensation’s Fix- Fragments of Light

AMBY: What is the best song of 2012?

Temples: TOY- Motoring.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Temples that nobody knows yet?

Temples: We record with a microphone Edywn Collins gave to James, which used to belong to the BBC. It takes pride of place in the studio.


Listen to their fantastic song Shelter Song and dance around while singing their infectious melodies! And of course, thank you Temples, for giving me your answers!


Alicia Atout

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