Temples (band)

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Not to be confused with Temple (band).
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Temples performing at Coachella in 2014
Background information
Origin Kettering, England
Genres Indie rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels Heavenly
Associated acts The Moons, Sukie, Koolaid Electric Company, Secret Fix
Website templestheband.com
Members James Edward Bagshaw
Thomas Edward James Walmsley
Samuel Lloyd Toms
Adam Smith

Temples are an English rock band formed in Kettering in 2012 by singer-guitarist James Edward Bagshaw (born 1986 in Kettering[1]) and bassist Thomas Edward James Walmsley (born 1988 in Kettering). They have received considerable press attention during their short existence and have been cited by Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher as the best new band in Britain.[2]


The band was initially formed as a home studio project[3] in mid 2012. The duo had previously worked together in The Moons,[4] with Bagshaw also having 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".[5] Sukie were featured in the fanzine "Siren", edited and created by Walmsley to document Kettering's music scene.[6]

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.[7][8] They then enlisted fellow Kettering resident drummer, Samuel Lloyd Toms[9] (Secret Fix, ex drummer in Hardcore band Crows and ex-Koolaid Electric Company [10]) 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.[2] The band released their second single "Colours To Life" in June 2013.

Having played major UK and European festival and supported the likes of Suede, Mystery Jets, Kasabian and The Vaccines[11] alongside select headline dates, the band announced their first headline UK tour to take place in October 2013.[12] In November 2013, Temples announced their self-produced debut album, Sun Structures, which was released on 5 February 2014.[13] The band embarked on a headlining tour around Europe, North America and Australia.[14] On 30 July 2014, the band performed for the first time on US television performing "Shelter Song" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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.[15]

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]


  • "Shelter Song" / "Prisms" (12 November 2012, Heavenly Recordings)
  • "Colours to Life" / "Ankh" (24 June 2013, Heavenly Recordings)
  • "Keep In the Dark" / "Jewel Of Mine Eye" (7 October 2013, Heavenly Recordings)
  • "Mesmerise" (20 November 2013, Heavenly Recordings)


  1. ^ "Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006". Find My Past. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Gourlay, Dom (2013-04-05). "DiS meets Temples". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Ascending The Golden Throne: Temples Interviewed". The Quietus. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  4. ^ Martin. "The Moons - bassist: Tom Warmsley". Orange Amplification. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  5. ^ "Discography of Sukie". Sukie.musikear.com. 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  6. ^ "Northamptonshire - Entertainment - Siren Magazine". BBC. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Temples: 'You Never Know Where A Song Is Destined To Go'". Thisisfakediy.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Temples announce debut single 'Shelter Song' with Heavenly" (Press release). Heavenly Recordings. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  9. ^ Parker, Jack (2011-09-07). "Secret Admirer: CROWS Interview". Hellosecretadmirer.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ SECRET FIX | A Music Blog, Yea?". Amusicblogyea.com. 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  11. ^ "Temples announce UK dates including support for Suede, Kasabian and The Vaccines" (Press release). Heavenly Recordings. 2013-03-14. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  12. ^ "TEMPLES announce UK headline tour, Autumn 2013". Pressparty. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  13. ^ "Temples announce details of debut album 'Sun Structures'". NME. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  14. ^ "AU Review" Gemma Bastiani, The AU Interview: James Bagshaw of Temples (UK), The AU Review, February 10, 2014.
  15. ^ "Noel Gallagher criticises BBC Radio 1 for ignoring Temples and Jagwar Ma". NME. 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 

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