Over the next 11 weeks I’ll dig deep into the 2014 Coachella Music Festival lineup, featuring one band per day. The purpose of this piece is to assist in difficult decisions that inevitably you’ll need to make, as well as, serve as a fun countdown to Coachella Week. Note: All bands appear in a completely random order… Enjoy, and let the countdown continue!
Day 49 = Temples
Performing = Saturday
Temples are an English neo-psychedelic indie rock band that formed in 2012 in Kettering. The band started as a so-called bedroom project by singer-guitarist James Edward Bagshaw and bassist Thomas Warmsley. The two had previously worked together in the band The Moons, and prior to that Bagshaw fronted the indie act Sukie.
Originally, the two posted a few vids up on YouTube which caught the attention of Heavenly Recordings. With a quick handshake the two had themselves a record deal before ever playing one live show. The label released the single “Shelter Song” back in November of 2012, while the two scurried to put the rest of the soon-to-be quartet together. Seems like they did it all backwards, but in this day and age, backwards is better.
While the band began to ride the coattails of the recent psychedelic revival scene that the Australian group Tame Impala launched; they toured constantly and began to sculpt the debut album, which seemed to take forever. Over the next year, the band would release four singles before finally dropping their much-anticipated LP Sun Structures one month ago.
The band is heavily influenced by groovy 60′s bands such as The Byrds and T-Rex, however the band can do without all of the Beatles comparisons.
This is the one show that has the potential for complete disaster, every year there’s always one, you know the one… The show that makes perfect sense on the outdoor stage at sunset, however the band is mis-staged (I made-up that word in 2008) for an mid-afternoon slot in the Mojave. If you arrive on the scene during the first song you can forget about getting anywhere near the tent, let alone inside. Folks, arrive early if you plan on watching Temples, arrive even earlier if you have aspirations of going InDeep.
Visit the Temples website here:
“Colours To Life”
“Keep In The Dark”