Gimme Your Answers 2: An Interview w/ Temples

In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up with psychedelic foursome Temples to discuss their thoughts on Sun Structures, singing with each other, and great festivals — enjoy!

AMBY: Hey Temples, welcome back to our site and thanks once again for having a chat! You’re currently on your North American tour, what have been some of the tour’s highlights so far?

Temples: We feel really privileged to come back to the US and Canada, it’s been a completely different atmosphere at shows this time round, especially with people having had the chance to hear our album Sun Structures.

AMBY: What are some things the band likes to do while on the road for fun? Have you discovered any neat or memorable places on this tour?

Temples: We all like to sing, either separately or if we’re feeling harmonious, with each other. We loved visiting Montreal, our friend Rishi from Elephant Stone was showing us the peculiar sites of Expo 67: Man and his World

AMBY: Alongside the slew of North American tour dates, you’ll be playing multiple festivals this summer. Do you prefer playing the larger festival sites or the smaller and more intimate venues?

Temples: Obviously the two are completely different types of shows, you really fall in love with the feeling of a great festival though. We always feel there is a lot more at stake at festival shows. They are the acid test of any band.

AMBY: Which songs are your favourite to play live at the moment?

Temples: We really love playing A Question Isn’t Answered, there’s an interlude in the middle which has a life of its own.

AMBY: If you could curate your own festival, where would it take place and who would be in the line-up?

Temples: Various folks including Incredible String Band, Pearls Before Swine, Pentangle and the first incarnation of Fairport Convention. It would take place on that island from the Wicker Man, and the admission fee would be trying to escape.

AMBY: You released your incredible debut record Sun Structures back in February. What are your thoughts on the record now that there’s been some time to reflect on it?

Temples: It’s strange to look back on, the record was completed before the end of 2013 and I don’t think any of us have listened to it since. It’s captured a time and place we were in then, and since we’ve developed the songs in our live show, so it’s odd to hear the original ideas

AMBY: The record is known for its unique psychedelic sound and you often note artists like The Beatles, The Stones, and producers like Jack Nitzsche as your influences. What are some influences on the album that might not be apparent to your fans?

Temples: There are a whole load of ambient sounds and moods like Tangerine Dream, Harmonium and Cluster that’s embedded in there, somewhere. They’re masters at creating the right atmospheres with their music, which is something we tried to do inside of a song.

AMBY: Have you been writing at all while on the road? When can fans expect to hear some new material?

Temples: We’ve really enjoyed not thinking about the studio while on the road this year, it’s been important to have a break from that, to forget what it’s like to record, so when we return to it this November, we can have a completely fresh approach.

AMBY: Lastly, what’s the best part of being in Temples?

Temples: You have to be from Kettering to be in the band.


Thank you Temples, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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