Temples Produce Psych Rock Spectacle at the o2 Institute

Kettering psych four piece finally returned to Birmingham on blistering form. Fresh off the back of a hand full of UK tour dates including Electric Brixton and 2Q Festival in Derby, the band were ready to close off the UK tour in style in the second city.

Fresh off the heels after releasing their stunning second album ‘Volcano’, Temples produced a mesmerising performance which shook the heavens in a shot of psychedelic rock and pop.

When the lights dimmed and the loud bass filled introduction to ‘All Join In’ kicked in, strobe lighting filled the room creating a blistering and club like atmosphere which, after the band members took to the stage, turned into a belting psych performance. James Bagshaw’s vocals floated through the air elegantly and with the Tame Impala-esque organs and guitars, the song turned into a marvellous opener, setting the night up.

‘Colours to Life’ was in general, exceptional. It was a flawless performance from the band. The hard hitting bass from Thomas Warmsley, Bagshaws reverb heavy guitar and the pounding airy guitars penetrated the air in the room. Not to mention the 5 colour changing signs at the back of the stage, turning the room into a colourful, and bright psychedelic wonder. ‘Roman God Like Man’, a sensational track from the bands latest album, was even more brilliant live. The opening 60’s sounding beats and the jolly bass rift was superbly crafted, alongside the electrifying synths.

The title track of their debut album ‘Sun Structures’ was met with an ominous cheer with bright strobes filling the room. Another track that went down superbly well was the lead single from their sophomore album ‘Certainty’ , again with the crowd belting the lyrics back at the band. The synths floated across the crowd, and the distorted guitar of James Bagshaw sounded elegant and purely incredible.

‘(I want to be your) Mirror’ was a pysch-pop masterpiece, with Bagshaw’s vocals sounding impeccable on this track. Live, the song possessed so much energy, turning the song into  jubilant celebration of psychedelic sounds.  ‘How would you like to go’ was the same. It sounded massive, and filled the room with precense of the elegant 60’s psych sound. The Tame Impala-esque guitars were mega, with the instrumentation sounding like it had come from the heavens.

‘Keep In The Dark’ came out of nowhere. With the introduction of the thumping and brilliant drums, the crowd knew what to expect. Temples most well renowned tracks was performed brilliantly. The drums really take centre stage on this track. The flickering beams of light that glided up and down fitted the mood, with the crowd swaying from side to side. ‘Open Air’ featured a build up like no other, a complete contrast to the previous track. The opening synths, mixing perfectly into the fast action guitars, bass and drums created a thumping atmosphere for one of the best performances of the night.

‘Mesmerise’ and ‘Strange or Be Forgotten’ closed the set with brilliant energy from the band, before playing ‘Strange Or Be Forgotten’ Bagshaw thanked the fans and announced that the gig “felt like a home coming as Birmingham is kinda the closest city to where we come from (Kettering)”

Before the night ended, the band returned for an encore of two incredible tracks. The electrifying ‘A Question Isn’t Answered’ prompted the audience to copy the claps at the begging of the track, with Bagshwa and Warmsley singing the melody for the opening of the track. When the drums kick in on this track, you can’t really help not banging your head. The music just seems to take over you. ‘Shelter Song’ closed the night. The pure 60’s sounding track was a perfect way to end a truly brilliant performance from a band who never disappoint with what ever they do.

Temples played:

  • All Join In
  • Colours To Life
  • Roman God Like Man
  • Sun Structures
  • Certainty
  • (I Want Tom Be Your) Mirror
  • Keep In The Dark
  • Move With The Seasons
  • Mystery Of Pop
  • How Would You Like To Go?
  • Open Air
  • Mesmerise
  • Strange Or Be Forgotten
  • A Question Isn’t Answered
  • Shelter Song
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