Temples Bring UK Rock to Charlotte
Warning: The following review contains references to bands that many of you have never heard of. Multiple searches on Youtube and other outlets is advised.
Fans of the psychedelic rock genre (known as psych-rock if you’re geek-inclined) can be a finicky bunch. We can blabber on about the bands that founded the genre in the late 1960s, but not give a toss about the current wave of psychedelia-influenced bands that help to keep the genre alive. We go on lengthy diatribes about the 13th Floor Elevators, Electric Prunes, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn-era Pink Floyd, yet they will not go see a band like Temples, who played the Visulite Theater on June 10th.
More likely, some of said fans will stay at home and sulk, while listening to Love’s 1968 album Forever Changes album in the dark. (Forever Changes was not really a psychedelic album, by definition, but most in the mainstream have still not discovered it, so there’s geek points for that, too.) Which is a shame, because whether they like it or not, a new generation is coming, and they know all about Temples.
Hailing from Kettering, England, Temples caught the attention of many last year when their debut album Sun Structures charted in the top ten of the UK album charts, and media in England hailed them as the next great Rock & Roll band. They definitely have the looks in what you’d hope for in a psychedelic Rock band. Big hair? Check. Fringe jackets? Check.
The bass player rocking the look of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters in the Live At Pompeii era, down to the microphone and purple t-shirt? Check. Thankfully, unlike some of the buzz bands that have come out of the UK in recent years, Temples also has songs. Within the buzzing guitars, there are melodies that do stick out, and stay with you after the song has ended. Are they the saviors of modern Psychedelic Rock? Only time, and hopefully a handful a great albums to come will tell.
As mentioned before, the older guard of Psych Rock fans may take some time to accept bands like Temples, but the new generation has. Guessing from the mobile phones that appeared while the band played “Shelter Song” or “Mesmerize”, Temples means something to this audience. Something different that the bands that influenced Temples’ sound. But that’s okay.
The first Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers album will always mean more to some than the first Strokes album, and vice-versa. The Small Faces and the Remains will always have a soft spot for some, while others will feel the same for Sloan and Superdrag. It means that each of those generations heard something that they liked, and made it their own. And future generations of music listeners will hopefully do the same, and pass it on to whoever else is willing to listen.
All hail the new wave, and old wave. May they coexist, and learn from each other. Hurrah.
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