TEMPLES (INTERVIEW FEATURE)

Tonight, Lennon’s dressing room has travelled back to 1969. Long hair, necklaces and a cigarette always in hand, Temples look like they’ve just been teleported in 2013 to bring the 60s essence back to life. The room is filled with incense smoke and empty bottles of beers, Temples are getting ready for their show.
As the conversation starts, the picture I had imagined turns into reality. Temples make psychedelic music their way of life. Their band name bears the same mystery as their songs. Tom, the bassist, explains: “We wanted something that sounded sort of theatrical and spiritual, and also quite conscious, as this is the kind of music we are playing. It’s set around mystery.”
Mystery, this word fits Temples. In fact, their songs remain quite mysterious. They haven’t released an EP nor an album yet, only a couple of songs, and if you want to lift the veil on Temples music, you have to see them live. “Psychedelic music is all about the experience of live music and we want to get established and get this across before releasing our record.”, says Tom.
The psychedelic aesthetics are all around the band, in their way of talking, of behaving, and even in their artwork, but this is not the only thing that inspire them. They also bring in ancient images into their artwork. “We’re big fans of a director called Kenneth Anger, and he made some films in the 70s, sort of spiritual imagery and some of his soundtracks are a big influence nd a starting point to this. We just think it’s an interesting mix to blend together.” Constantly exploring and looking for new ideas, Temples constantly push themselves forward.
“We want to push ourselves creatively, and just progress, just not stick to - I can’t say stick to what we did on the first album, because we don’t have one yet - but we always push ourselves, we’re always recording.”, explains James, singer and guitarist. This process is made easier as they are recording at home. “There is something about recording at home, you’re not out of your comfort zone so you record a lot more. You can just have an idea, it’s one in the morning and you’re not paying for studio time so you can just plug some headphones and record something you got an idea with. I think it’s really free and it works for the kind of or kind of creative process, there is no limitation in that sense.”
Temples know where they want to go, and how they want to do it. They have a single coming up in the next few months, and when talking about where they want to be in a year’s time, it’s easy: “have an album out, be recording the second one and gig as much as we can!”


Coralie Pilté.