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The Outer Limits: How prog are Temples?

They’re the small town psych rockers who want to create a sound without borders and their new album was influenced by Peter Hammill. So we have to ask: how prog are Temples?

Sometimes it seems as though the whole world’s going prog. There’s all the glorious prog from history that we know and love, and there are today’s legions of prog bands. Then there are the bands that are ‘going prog’. It’s happening a lot in indie. First there was The Coral, celebrated in these pages for their 2016 album Distance Inbetween and its prog-tastic mashup of Krautrock and biker boogie. Rumour has it that Alt-J, winners of 2012’s Mercury Prize, have, on their forthcoming third album Relaxer, ‘gone prog’. And now here are Temples, the Kettering four-piece whose 2014 debut album Sun Structures paid homage to psych so irresistibly and infectiously it reached the UK Top 10 and drew praise from Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher (who had his own prog moment when he worked with far-sighted production duo Amorphous Androgynous). For their follow-up, Volcano, they’ve largely ditched the swirly Byrds/Beatles/Zombies influences and gone for an intricate, keyboards-heavy sound that chimes with the recent work of Tame Impala, MGMT, Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev, with nods further back to everyone from Jethro Tull and Yes to Pink Floyd and Mike Oldfield.


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