A Double Dose of Temples in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg

May 15th, 2017

Five years ago, James Bagshaw (vocals and guitar) and Tom Walmsley (bass and vocals) formed Temples in the East Midlands of England, initially as a home-studio project. But as the band’s sound increased, so did it’s size, with the additions of Adam Smith (guitar, keys and vocals) and Sam Toms (drums). Thanks to several singles and EPs, Temples (above, performing “Certainly” live in studio for KEXP FM) became known for deftly mixing baroque pop, experimental psychedelia and expert songcraft. Their second full-length, Volcano (stream it below), arrived earlier this year on Fat Possum. “Volcano sounds like an album made to be played on a big stage at an outdoor festival. The sounds have been simplified, the choruses pumped up, and the vocals stripped of the reverb haze they were buried in,” says AllMusic. “The arrangements are still fully colored-in, but they are sharper and less swathed in psych pop mystery.” And before they head back to Europe later this week, Temples play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow night and then again on Thursday. Atmospheric California trio Lo Moon open both shows.