They have the music, the looks and the attitude. With just three singles released on Heavenly Recordings – the last one, ‘Keep In The Dark’, out on October 7th – Temples are one of the hottest and most interesting bands in the country, and they are now embarking on a world tour with a layover in Liverpool. Adam Smith (keyboards) and Sam Toms (drums) acknowledge they are not The Beatles, and yet they are doing this interview in a bedroom with such things as a red raincoat and flashy yellow sunglasses on...
Adam and Sam: We wanted to dress up.
I SEE… YOU LOOK GOOD WITH THAT… IS THAT A RAINCOAT!?
A: It is, yeah!
S: it is, yes. I got in Paris, it’s the new fashion accessory.
A: Yeah, you know, very modern like that.
IT’S QUITE FUN ACTUALLY. THE FIRST THING I SAW WHEN I CHECKED OUT YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE WAS A COMMENT SAYING: “YOU GUYS ARE COOL”. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
A: I don’t think we are very cool, no.
S: We are nice, and it’s cool to be nice.
A: Yeah, we are nice people, and that’s what being cool is.
OK, THAT’S NICE. WELL, PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC IS NOW BECOMING MORE AND MORE POPULAR AND YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING YOUNG PSYCHEDELIC BANDS. WHAT HAS DEFINED YOUR SOUND?
A: … What has defined our…?
YOUR SOUND, OR WHAT HAS INFLUENCED IT?
A: Oh, lots of things, right?
S: (sighs) It’s difficult, things we can’t really talk about.
S: We don’t want kids to know.
A: (laughs) Yeah, that sort of stuff, and then Pink Floyd.
S: Yeah, general life experiences. I don’t know, really. Our sound is just whatever you like, isn’t it? You make what you’d like to hear yourself.
A: You make what you’d want to listen to. Yeah I think that’s pretty much it, you know, nothing spectacular. Just stuff that you’d quite like to hear.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW GENERATION OF PSYCHEDELIC ARTISTS, THE CURRENT PSYCH WAVE?
S: Well, who would you put in that category? Because I kind of get annoyed when people talk about this new wave of... because there’s bands that are not psychedelic at all and they get put in. If you are talking like The Black Angels, and there’s a lot of good stuff in Austin, and all that kind of stuff, they are the ones that deserve it really.
A: And Toy, you know, English...
S: And Toy, there’s a lot of good English bands as well, but the ones that come up...
A: Peace are not psychedelic and Swim Deep are not psychedelic.
NO, BUT THERE’S HOOKWORMS…
A: Oh yeah, Hookworms! Hookworms are great.
S: Oh yeah, we love Hookworms.
AND JACCO GARDNER…
S: Yeah, he is great, and we played with him in Holland at a festival.
A: Yeah, there is some really good stuff out there, absolutely. Much better than us as well. You know, we are big fans of these people.
BUT THERE IS NO PSYCH SCENE, RIGHT?
A: I don’t think so, really.
S: Well, I say this all the time, but it’s been there since it started and it has never left. It’s just that people are now taking notice of it, I guess. And that’s really nice, it’s nice that these bands and this style of music is getting recognized again.
A: People have always made [psychedelic music], haven’t they? Since the Sixties. And people haven’t known about it, but now it’s coming to the forefront.
YES, IT HAS RECENTLY BEEN THE LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PSYCHEDELIA HERE.
S: Yeah, did you go?
S: Oh, man, I’m so jealous.
I THOUGHT THAT YOU WOULD PLAY IN IT, TO BE HONEST.
S: We were supposed to be playing in Germany, but it got cancelled, so we could have done it in the end.
A: Who did you go and see?
JACCO GARDNER, NIGHT BEATS…
S: Oh, Night Beats.
A: Were they good?
YEAH, THEY PRESENTED THEIR NEW ALBUM AS WELL. AND, OF COURSE, CLINIC.
S: Oh, them Clinic, we placed with them at Festival No.6, in Wales, that was incredible.
A: They were brilliant.
S: Did you see Fuzz?
NO, THEY CLASHED WITH HOOKWORMS… GETTING BACK TO YOU, YOU’VE GOT QUITE A LEGION OF FANS ALREADY AND YOU’VE SUPPORTED THE LIKES OF MYSTERY JETS, THE VACCINES, SUEDE, KASABIAN, AND WELL, THE ROLLING STONES. AND YOU’RE EMBARKING ON A HEADLINE TOUR THROUGH OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER, ALL THAT WITH JUST THREE SINGLES RELEASED. DO YOU FEEL ANY KIND OF PRESSURE TOWARDS YOUR DEBUT ALBUM?
A: I don’t know, really. It’s just taking it as it comes, I think. It’s gone really fast and we just want to get on playing I think, above anything.
S: I don’t think there’s a pressure. Well, you’ve always got the pressure to entertain people, and you should always have that pressure. I don’t think it makes a difference what period it is in your career or whatever, there is always a pressure, but it’s an enjoyable pressure.
A: It should be fun, it should be a great tour.
ABOUT THE RECORD, HAVE YOU GOT ANY MATERIAL YET? IS THERE A DATE THAT YOU HAVE IN MIND TO RELEASE IT?
A: It’s going to come out early next year. It’s all pretty much done, it just has to go through all that bullshit red tape crap.
S: Yeah, early next year is what we are aiming for. We just have to wait and see.
YOU’VE BEEN HAILED BY NOEL GALLAGHER, WHO IS A HUGE BEATLES FAN BY THE WAY, AS “THE BEST NEW BAND IN BRITAIN”. ARE YOU UP TO IT?
A: I don’t know (laughs). We are not letting anything like that make us feel any different. We just want to go out and play and record the next album and have fun. It’s nice to have that sort of support though.
S: It’s nice for someone we so much respect to say something like that. It’s kind of a boost really, and it makes you step up to the mark, I think, and hopefully we’ll become what he says we are.
WHAT’S TO BE EXPECTED OF YOUR SHOW AT THE KAZIMIER, IN LIVERPOOL?
A: We love Liverpool, don’t we? We’ve got a few good gigs. Where did we play last time?
S: We did the festival, what’s it called?
A: Sound City.
S: Sound City, yes, and we also played at Leaf before that, and they both have been two of our best shows, really.
A: We love Liverpudlians. It’s going to be great. I think the crowd has always been lovely in Liverpool, so I’m actually looking forward to that one, probably one of the most of the tour.
S: And hopefully there will be some good parties going on afterwords. Have we got Telegram with us? We should have a brilliant band called Telegram with us.
A: They are a London band, they are sort of coming out now, they are absolutely brilliant, and amazing live.
S: But I don’t know what to expect, really. Hopefully it wil be busy and we all will have fun.
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