Live at the Paradise in Boston feat. opening act Districts, and at Terminal West in Atlanta feat. opening act Spires.
TEXT & PHOTOS BY JOHN BOYDSTON
I caught two shows this past week by The Temples, a young UK band that has toured the world for most of 2014 on the considerable strengths of their highly-acclaimed debut LP Sun Structures in February. The Temples are James Bagshaw (lead vocals/guitar) and Thomas Walmsley (vocals, bass) who started the band two short years ago in Kettering England, adding Adam Smith (keys/guitar) and Samuel Toms (drums) to complete the band. Their songs sound fresh and dynamic, despite the obvious retro influences; some mysticism and psychedelia here, a seventies glam pose there, which partly explains the mixed crowd of older and younger fans I saw at both the Boston and Atlanta show (10/30/14), the latter being their final US show of 2014.
Boston Oct. 24
For the Boston show at the Paradise Rock Club (10/24/14) it was just the band and their instruments in a small Boston club devoid of much ambience, and proved they don’t need any props. It’s remarkable a band this young can already command a stage with the swagger and grace of a veteran band at its peak. Hard to not expect greater things for this band after the year they’ve had. Meanwhile, indie-rockers The Districts opened, and if this high energy set is any indication they are ready for bigger things and a band to watch in 2015. They are a four-piece band from Pennsylvania.
Atlanta Oct. 30
Then on the 30th The Temples brought their big rig of background moving shapes and psych colors to Terminal West, one of Atlanta’s best new venues, which certainly highlighted the mood. (As did some Halloween inspired face-paint.) The clearly psychedelia-oriented Spires from NYC opened. Great set, hearkening back to Syd Barrett-era Floyd at times. They sure would be a good fit for a day slot on the Levitation Amphitheater at Austin Psych Fest next year.