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Background information
OriginKettering, England
  • Psychedelic rock
  • neo-psychedelia
  • pop
Years active2012 (2012)–present
  • Heavenly
  • Fat Possum
Associated acts
  • Sukie
  • Lightning Seeds
  • Koolaid Electric Company
  • Secret Fix
  • Benson Taylor
  • Pilots of the Sun
  • The Moons
MembersJames Bagshaw
Tom Walmsley
Sam Toms
Adam Smith
Past membersJack Prince

Temples are an English rock band formed in Kettering in 2012 by singer and guitarist James Bagshaw[1] and bassist Tom Walmsley.[2] The band's lineup was later completed with the addition keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Adam Smith and drummer Samuel Toms.

They have released two studio albums, two EPs and a number of singles. Their debut album, Sun Structures, was released in 2014 and charted at number seven in the UK.[3] They are signed to Heavenly Records and have toured internationally both as support act and as headliner.[4]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Band members
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Studio albums
    • 3.2 Remix album
    • 3.3 EPs
    • 3.4 Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


The band was initially formed as a home studio project in mid 2012.[5] Walmsley and Bagshaw had known each other for years before these projects. It was at this point that they were in rival bands based in their hometown of Kettering. The duo had later worked together in The Moons,[6] with Bagshaw also having sessioned with the Lightning Seeds and co-fronted another earlier Kettering band Sukie who formed in 2006 and charted at No 1 in the UK Indie Chart with their debut single "Pink-A-Pade".[7] Sukie were featured in the fanzine "Siren", edited and created by Walmsley to document Kettering's music scene.[8]

The duo uploaded four self-produced tracks to YouTube which caught the attention of Heavenly Recordings founder Jeff Barrett who agreed to release the band's debut single in the form of "Shelter Song" in November 2012.[9][10] They then enlisted fellow Kettering resident drummer, Samuel Lloyd Toms[11] (Secret Fix, ex-Koolaid Electric Company[12]) and keyboard player Adam Smith and started rehearsing as a band, so they could play their songs live, having never played live as a band before.[4] The band released their second single "Colours To Life" in June 2013.

In an interview with Sound of Boston, lead vocalist James Bagshaw noted that signing on to Heavenly Records did not change their recording process.[13] "Nothing changed, everything stayed exactly the same... At no point did they say, you know, go into the studio. If they did, we probably wouldn’t have signed to them because we liked the idea of what we were doing," Bagshaw stated.[13]

Bagshaw also commented on the difficulty in selecting which tracks to release as singles.[13] The melodic nature of "Mesmerise," was a main reason why Temples chose to release it as a single; "I guess melody is something that assigns a single because that’s the thing that people listen to. But for us, we always found it very hard to choose singles… it might not be commercially viable, but that one sounds more catchy," said Bagshaw.[13]

Having played major UK and European festival and supported the likes of Suede, Mystery Jets, Kasabian and The Vaccines[14] alongside select headline dates, the band announced their first headline UK tour to take place in October 2013.[15] In November 2013, Temples announced their self-produced debut album, Sun Structures, which was released on 5 February 2014.[16] The band embarked on a headlining tour around Europe, North America and Australia.[17] On 30 July 2014, the band performed for the first time on US television performing "Shelter Song" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Temples also performed "Shelter Song" on The Ellen Degeneres Show on 29 September 2014.

Their relative lack of airplay on major radio stations in the UK, especially BBC Radio 1, has been criticised by fellow musician and fan Noel Gallagher.[18]

The band debuted two new songs live in 2015, entitled 'Henry's Cake' and 'Volcano/Savior' respectively. The band confirmed that they were working on a new album via Instagram on 9 July 2015. The band spent much of the first half of 2016 recording new material before embarking on a number of European festival dates. On 26 September 2016 the band announced a new single, "Certainty".[19][20]

They released their second studio album, Volcano, on 3 March 2017.[21]

Band members

  • James Edward Bagshaw – lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Adam Thomas Smith – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Thomas Edward James Walmsley – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Samuel Toms – drums
  • Jack Prince – Drums[22]

Studio albums

  • Sun Structures (5 February 2014) UK No. 7
  • Volcano (3 March 2017) UK No. 23

Remix album

  • Sun Restructured (10 November 2014)


  • Shelter Song EP (7 July 2014)
  • Mesmerise Live EP (16 September 2014)


  • "Shelter Song" / "Prisms" (12 November 2012)
  • "Colours to Life" / "Ankh" (24 June 2013)
  • "Keep In the Dark" / "Jewel of Mine Eye" (7 October 2013)
  • "Mesmerise" (20 November 2013)
  • "Move with the Season" (3 November 2014)
  • "Certainty" (26 September 2016)
  • "Strange or Be Forgotten" (10 January 2017)[23]


  1. ^ Dave Simpson. "Temples – review | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Ankh". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Temples | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  4. ^ a b Gourlay, Dom (5 April 2013). "DiS meets Temples". drownedinsound.com. Drowned In Sound. 
  5. ^ Tuffrey, Laura (16 July 2013). "Ascending The Golden Throne: Temples Interviewed". thequietus.com. The Quietus. 
  6. ^ Cooper, Charlie (13 September 2011). "The Moons - bassist: Tom Warmsley". Orange Amplification. 
  7. ^ "Discography of Sukie". Sukie.musikear.com. 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Northamptonshire - Entertainment - Siren Magazine". BBC. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Temples: 'You Never Know Where A Song Is Destined To Go'". Thisisfakediy.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  10. ^ "Temples announce debut single 'Shelter Song' with Heavenly" (Press release). Heavenly Recordings. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  11. ^ Parker, Jack (2011-09-07). "Secret Admirer: CROWS Interview". Hellosecretadmirer.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ SECRET FIX | A Music Blog, Yea?". Amusicblogyea.com. 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  13. ^ a b c d Buckle, Jenna. "Interview: Temples". Sound of Boston. 
  14. ^ "Temples announce UK dates including support for Suede, Kasabian and The Vaccines" (Press release). Heavenly Recordings. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  15. ^ "TEMPLES announce UK headline tour, Autumn 2013". Pressparty. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  16. ^ "Temples announce details of debut album 'Sun Structures'". NME. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  17. ^ "AU Review" Gemma Bastiani, The AU Interview: James Bagshaw of Temples (UK), The AU Review, 10 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Noel Gallagher criticises BBC Radio 1 for ignoring Temples and Jagwar Ma". NME. 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  19. ^ "Temples". templestheband.com. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  20. ^ "Temples have a new album on the way". Kulbritania.com. Retrieved 2016-08-08. 
  21. ^ "HVNLP135 'Temples' 'Volcano' // Heavenly Recordings". Heavenlyrecordings.com. 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  22. ^ "Temples – the new band bringing psychedelic wonderment". Getintothis.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  23. ^ "Temples announce new single 'Move With The Season' and details of their Winter UK tour // Heavenly Recordings". Heavenlyrecordings.com. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 

External links

  • Official website

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