Photo – Rhys Buchanan
The final date of Temples UK stint packs Thekla with paisley and leather, the capacity illustrating just how much excitement the band have wavered up this summer.
Ambling on earlier than expected at 8.45, the four illuminated figures linger under fringes and are keen to avoid eye-contact. Casually opening with ‘Sun Structures’, the middle-eastern guitar effect is a dwelling introduction of the Temples we know; rolling drums, drifting vocals, bit of synth etc. Without any haste or urgency it’s a starkly different scene to that of support ‘Telegram’ who filled their set with snatchy punk riffs and distinguishably Welsh vocals. As ‘Prisms’ is announced as the next song there’s an irresistible bellow of excitement, although only a B-side most are familiar due to the scarce amount of recorded material available.
Matching the hollow stares that are occasionally shot by frontman James Bagshaw the crowd gleam back with little movement. Despite the setlist not giving much chance for participation the band are still comfortable to probe us for a response. It’s not long until it comes though, for the teasing synth-line of ‘Ankh’ welcomes a bout of hip flexing. There’s a swift taster of unreleased material by way of ‘Sand Dance’, undoubtedly a track that will secure a place on the eventual debut album. ‘Colours To Life’ and ‘Move With The Season’ follow, furthering an enchanting spectrum of material, sodden with dream paced melodies.
Latest single ‘Keep In The Dark’ works with a real clarity in the live environment, and is also the first to welcome a rowdy air. Although the next words uttered by Bagshaw are enough to spark disbelief, “This one’s our last song, thanks for coming out”, thus bringing the fleeting forty-five minute set to a halt. The only track that could top off such a set was ‘Shelter Song’, which for many was the first taste of the Kettering boys. Murmurs around the room soon follow as an expectant crowd wait for more, in reality it’s easy to be lulled into thinking Temples have heaps of material to dazzle off, playing with such style they look like a conditioned act that have been around for years.
A tantalising glimpse of a band at the forefront of British music, It’s easy to think… if Tame Impala can head up the bigger stages, why not Temples? They’ll have to show us an album first though.