Temples @ Great American Music Hall

(Ed Miles)

The sonic sons of American psychedelic rockers Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Temples don’t exactly sound like they hail from Kettering, England. They first emerged on the scene in 2014 with their kaleidoscopic ’60s-inspired debut, Sun Structures, a polarizing project that fielded accusations of soulless revivalism while earning them fast fans and slots at major festivals the world over. Powered by encompassing synthesizers, a flurry of effects pedals, and the occasional deployment of sprightly handclaps, the quartet’s music is an all-encompassing psych-pop odyssey that sounds far more suited to the sun-dried soil of Southern California than dear old Blighty. As a rhythm section, bassist Thomas Walmsley and drummer Samuel Toms fulfill the roles of anchor and engine, their meticulous synergy acting as springboard for frontman Thomas Bagshaw and multi-instrumentalist Adam Smith’s spiraling melodies. So while Bagshaw does bear an uncanny resemblance to the late glam-rock icon and fellow Brit Marc Bolan (best known as the frontman of T. Rex), Temples just might be, oddly enough, the most British Californians out there.


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