Gig: Temples at the Observatory’s Constellation Room

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Imagine wandering around in a maze housed in a kaleidoscope. That was the kind of ‘flower children’ vibe the Temples gave off when they played at the Observatory’s Constellation Room in Santa Ana this past Thursday. The audience, which consisted of adults young and old, male and female, wandered around the premises with drinks in their hands–everyone was looking to have a good time at the Temples show.

It wasn’t long before four lanky Brits with impressively permed hair strolled onto the stage with an air of confidence rare from bands who have barely been around for two years. Despite being a young, new band, all four members have been revolutionizing the music scene with their neo-psych sounds that obviously pay homage to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band era (think ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’).

Fresh off of Coachella, vocalist James Bagshaw, bassist Thomas Warmsley, drummer Sam Toms , and keyboardist Adam Smith played through a well paced and varied set list. Opening with ‘Colours To Life,’ the band quickly warmed up the audience with their signature ethereal sounds.

Following up with a more punchy song, ‘Sun Structures,’ Temples transported the audience Eastward as this song sounded like something you’d hear driving a moped through a busy Indian market.  After the jam session that ended the aforementioned song, the quartet moved onto play ‘Move With The Season,’ and ‘Keep In The Dark,’ which is 21st century glam rock at its best.

Another Middle Eastern influenced gem, ‘Sand Dance,’ showcased the band’s undeniable chemistry and live talent. Closing with ‘Mesmerise’ and ‘Shelter Song’ (arguably the group’s biggest hit to date), Temples ended the show on a high and sent the audience home happy.

-J

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