We may not be swimming about in the mind-altering, colour-dripping, kaleidoscopic haze of a sun-kissed 60s but music is undoubtedly embracing a psychedelic undercurrent at the moment.
Psychedelic. Neo-psychedelic. Psych-rock. The differing sub-genres may not be clear to all yet but what is, is the fact that more and more bands appear to be channeling the Byrds/Beatles-esque spirits of yesteryear.
Kettering’s Temples are very much a case in point, honing a sound created during a time when the flower power era was wilting and a phase of even deeper experimentation had ensued.
“I think this sound has always been around, it’s just getting more of an airing now and is easier to find,” said guitarist Thomas Warmsley. “There are one or two more songs appearing on the radio. It’s making people want to watch these bands live though, which is where it’s at its most potent. That is what that experience was about and it can only be a good thing.”
Already championed by Messrs Marr and Gallagher (the Noel one), Temples are fast becoming one of the must-see acts of 2013.
Unbelievably they only played their first live gig in August last year. Their first single “Shelter Song” was released the following month and their next offering “Colours To Life” comes out on June 24th. This is not a band basking in an ever increasing list of glowing references though, nor are they intent on being part of formulaic templates gone before. Temples are a band who want to deliver something special.
“Eight months ago we weren’t even really a band. We first recorded a couple of songs at the end of last summer. It’s happened so fast. It’s good in a way because while everything is happening so fast you’re not getting a chance to reflect and realise what is happening.
“It only started out as a recording project by me and James. We recorded a few demos and then got asked to play live. So we had to get a band together and try and figure out a way to play the stuff we had live. It’s important to make it something completely different (playing live), a bit more special. Rather than replicate the record we try and give something a bit more.”
This summer is already shaping up to be something special with festival appearances at Reading and Leeds, Benicassim as well Clitheroe’s Beat-Herder and Skipton’s Beacons, adding to an already chaotic year.
“I suppose it has been a busy 2013. We’ve just been gigging non-stop since the start of the year, which has been great. We have a little gap (the band are enjoying a three-week break currently). It means we’ll be able to get some more thoughts down about recording, do a few things in the studio. Hopefully we might release another EP at the end of the summer and then get something else out at the beginning of the next year. We’ve only had one single release up until now and we’ve got the next one coming out next month. We’re just getting everything in place.”
And how do they feel about being revered by the likes of Marr and Gallagher?
“They are names of people we look up to and who we admired while we were growing up. They are perhaps not people who have not directly influenced us but it is always nice for somebody who you admire to drop your name.
“We are influenced by a lot of the music that came out of in the late 60s, early 70s. When stuff started to get a little weird. Not the flower power era but when it all went a bit sour, a bit paranoid. We’re into producers who were ahead of their time, like Phil Spector, Joe Boyd. They took that 60s pop sound and went in a different direction with it. It was quite a brave thing to do at the time.”
Musically, Temples are certainly not just looking backwards as they continue their march forward. They are a band determined to take their own path, a band firmly starting to hit their stride.
“I think we are more confident now,” added Warmsley. “Over the last eight months we have just been trying to gig as much as possible. Somebody who saw us eight months ago would see a very different band now I think.”
Temples play Manchester Deaf Institute on Friday, June 21st.