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THEY say you should never meet your heroes. Temples took it one step further by becoming their support band. The Kettering four-piece played alongside the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park this year.

Bass playeSr Tom Warmsley said: "They are our heroes. It was amazing to be a part of that, in Hyde Park too. Also, I think it goes to show there''s no age limit on being able to have a good time."

The lads - James Bagshaw (vocals and guitar), Tom (bass/backing vocals), Sam Toms (drums) and Adam Smith (keys) - are heading to Liverpool as part of their first headline tour.

"We can''t wait to come to Liverpool," says Tom. "We''ve had some of our best shows there in the last year. Leaf Cafe with The Allah-Las in December and Sound City Festival last summer. It''s really exciting to come back and play our own show.

"The Kazimier is such a great venue, the best atmosphere and we''re touring with this great band called Telegram. At our last show in Leaf there was a punch up on the front row. We love Liverpool.

It''s good that everyone takes their music seriously, but everybody should love one another.

"We're looking forward to going out afterwards. We always end up in Mojo when we're in Liverpool. I'm not sure why."

The band release their third single on Monday - a follow up to Shelter Song and Colours to Life.

"It''s called Keep in the Dark, and it's got that glam stomping beat," says Tom. "Very glamorous. It really draws you in, and I guess it''s an ode to every record that''s had that beat before. We like to record as we write songs, so it allows us as much freedom as possible."

" Tom founded Temples with singer/guitarist James in the summer of 2012. Looking like a West Coast psych band fronted by Marc Bolan, you'd think Temples were real retro lovers. There's the band name, for starters, there are track titles that sound like JG Ballard novels (Prisms, The Golden Throne, Sun Structures), there''s the fact that they take incense sticks on the road ("That''s because a lot of venues in the UK smell quite bad," says Tom) and their tourbus essential is the Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii DVD.

But if that suggests Temples are backwards looking, think again.

"Psychedelic music has always been forward thinking," says Tom. "It's so easy to fall into that kind of pastiche, retro-revival band thing, but our aim is to reference these things and bring something completely new to it. A song like Sun Structures talks about something contemporary using old imagery and eastern religion.

"It isn''t a fictional work about dragons and wizards that people won''t be able to find anything in. And the fidelity of the sound alone says we''re doing something that couldn''t really be done before."

Temples did, in fact, begin with a mutual love of music and mysticism.

The four bonded over the writing of Alduous Huxley and Timothy Leary, the films of Kenneth Anger, and the music The Byrds rather than The Beatles ("They''re a little hazier and more interesting," reasons Tom. "The Beatles give too much away; the Byrds make you work hard. It''s that quest to learn more and discover more.").

But they listen to plenty of contemporary music too.

"I'm listening to this artist called Ramases, who has these two albums called Space Hymns and Glass Top Coffin," says Tom. "They are incredibly written, how they remain largely unheard of we''ll never understand. I listen to a lot of film soundtracks, we all love a good film, as well as prog rock, and anything by Goblin."

" Made in Kettering, Temples's first recording arrived in July 2012. The band recorded Shelter Song, put it on the internet, and set into motion an unstoppable chain of events that eventually saw them signed to Heavenly Records.

That same track, a bouncy, psychedelic romp, was issued as their debut single - and quickly became as sought after as any of the vintage vinyl they individually lusted over. The 7" now regularly fetches upwards of PS100 on eBay.

"Unfortunately, I''ve only got one copy," says James. "I'"I'd feel corrupt selling them at a mark-up anyway. I'd do it for the list price!" One of the more surprising things about the track is the fact that, like all of Temples' ' music, it was recorded at home, in the box-room of James''s parents'' house in Kettering, an end terrace with a blessedly forgiving neighbour.

"I'"I'm always apologising to him for the noise, but he says, 'It''s not noise, it''s music,'" says James. The band aim for Jack Nietzche production on a DIY budget - and succeed.

"It''s just like Joe Meek - he used to record vocals in his bathroom in his flat on Holloway Road," says Tom. "The way I see it, there aren't any limitations any more," says James. "If you know what you want to achieve, there''s always a way around it. With technology today there's ways of emulating things that would have cost an arm and a leg years ago."

As well as sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones, they have caught the attention of a number of music's biggest names. Johnny Marr has declared himself a fan ("And he's obviously a huge ambassador of the 12-string, so it's nice he's picked up on us," says Tom), Suede invited them on tour and, most besotted of all, Noel Gallagher told NME that "the future of the galaxy depends on the Temples album" after watching them perform in London.

| FAN: Noel Gallagher Some pressure for a new band... "Not really," says James.

"I'm quite confident about it - there's not going to be any filler and no track's going to sound similar to the next. I think Noel will love it. It'll probably make him want to reform Oasis."? Temples play the Kazimier on October 15. Their single Keep In The Dark is out on Monday.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2013
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