Concert Review: Temples at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN. – April 24, 2014

  • Openers: Downers and Two HarborsTemples (29)
  • First Avenue, Minnepolis, MN
  • April 24, 2014
  • Published by Joe Stadele on April 27, 2014.

There is no disguising Liverpools’ neo-psyche act, Temples, affection for the psychedelic 60’s. In fact, one listen of their debut album, Sun Structures, will confirm James Bagshaw and company’s admiration to the point you may not even realize their version of psychedelic is purely 2014.   Think “I Had To Much To Dream Last Night” (Electric Prunes) meet a more rocking Syd Barrett-er Pink Floyd.  With only three months since the release of Sun Structure, ticket demand swiftly upgraded Temples from the tiny Turf Club to the historic main room of First Avenue.

Temples were in excellent spirits, as was the audience of all ages packed inside First Ave.  One look around the club, I could not help notice the quantifiable number of fans likely actually born or participating in the music scene of early Floyd.  The visible joy and hippie swagger among the 60+ crowd in attendance was contagious across the all ages audience and spoke volumes of the appeal (or hype) surrounding Temples.

Temples (3)“It’s time to psyche out,” said vocalist and guitarist James Bagshaw leading into “Sand Dance.” Masked in a near gutter low end and funk rock swagger, “Sand Dance” invoked the psyche spirit beyond any other song in the set.  While the band picked key tracks from Sun Structures, they also surprised with b-sides “Prisms” and “Ankh.” The swirling guitars were in full swing during the hand-clapping “A Question Isn’t Answered” and an extended “Mesmerise.” By the show closing “Shelter Song,”Bagshaw had the crowd precisely in the palm of his hands; and while his vocals, Big Muff fuzz and afro were obvious center-points, bassist Tom Warmsley also made his presence known, rocking back and forth and backing up Bagshaw on call-return vocals.  Adam Smith played triple duty, switching between between keys and guitar plus contributing on vocals.  Drummer Sam Toms was heard, but never seen as he remained seemingly invisible hidden in the foggy haze rear of Bagshaw.

While the Temples easily translated the songs off Sun Structures into the live show, I can’t help but wonder where these guys will go from here.  Evolving seems to be the smart approach, but do they expand on the psychedelic sound or taper off into other variants of rock?  Either way, there’s no denying these guys have a knack for reigniting nostalgic sounds and have the talent to exceed the sound of their albums as live musicians.

SetlistTemples (28)

Colours To Life
Sun Structures
A Question Isn’t Answered
Move With The Season
Keep In The Dark
Sand Dance

Shelter Song




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