TRACK REVIEW: “Mesmerise”


The self-described “psychedelic group” Temples, from Kettering, England has made quite a name for themselves within the last couple of years. After the immediate success of  their self-recorded debut single “Shelter Song” (one of the two songs featured on the now collectible Colours To Life/Shelter Song 7”), the band has gone on to release a second, well-received digital EP and scored a gig alongside the Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park just this past summer.

 “Mesmerise” emulates SoCal psych rock of the 60s made popular by the The Beach Boys, The Byrds (one of Temple’s biggest influences) and so many others. Their redux of this style–complete with fuzzy guitars, lyrical surrealism and a driving bassline–could easily pass off as a b-side from any of the aforementioned bands. The production is remarkable considering the song was pieced together in the “box-room” of Bagshaw’s Kettering abode.

Temple will be playing a run of US shows for the rest of November, including two NYC dates next week (Nov. 25th at The Bowery Ballroom and Nov. 26th at Union Pool in Brooklyn). “Mesmerise” will be featured on their debut full-length Sun Structures (recorded and produced by singer/guitarist James Bagshaw), and is scheduled to be released February 11th through Fat Possum Records. Until then,  be sure to check out “Mesmerise” right here, via Soundcloud:

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