Gig preview: Temples at NME Awards Tour, O2 Academy Leeds

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Watching the music video for Temples’s second single, Colours to Life, the influence that 1960s band The Byrds had on this four-piece from Kettering is transparent from both the sound of their harmonies and light guitar picking to the use of visuals in the video itself long before bassist Tom Warmsley confirms their love of the iconic Californian band.

“On a lot of their records, you can almost feel the tension between them. They weren’t the best of friends”, he laughs. “There’s a real atmosphere caught on those records that you almost can’t put your finger on.”

Temples have been cited by the likes of Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr to be the best new band in Britain. Their first album, Sun Structures, was a critical smash, and the group’s unusual brand of psychedelic rock has made them stand out from the more generic rock bands emerging today.

Listening to the slick sound of Sun Structures, it becomes quite astonishing to hear that such a polished album was recorded entirely in a back bedroom.

“Everything Temples has recorded, it’s been in James’s (lead vocalist) spare room. It’s how the band started. We started as a recording experiment, really”, explains Warmsley. “It felt quite comfortable to continue recording it ourselves and it felt like we were achieving everything we wanted to by doing that... I think, today more than ever, it’s probably easier to record. You don’t need the most expensive equipment to achieve something that sounds convincing.”

Asked how he feels about his band being called the best new band in the country, Tom sounds quite flustered.

“I guess it’s cool. I don’t know if we’re the ‘the best new band’, I’m not sure what that means, but it’s nice of them to say. Even that they listened to it, that’s quite nice; so yeah, cheers, Johnny and Noel!”

Temples have already managed to sell out venues such as Leeds’s Cockpit. Tom says that, before they start to think about their follow-up album, they are just having a good time touring.

Now that the album’s out, it’s kind of nice to focus on playing the songs live and how we get them across to people.

“I think we’re going to enjoy focusing on that a little more. Having that rest from songwriting is then going to inspire whatever we do next.”

Temples play with Interpol, Royal Blood and Circa Waves on the NME Awards Tour which vists O2 Academy Leeds on March 19.

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