Temples “Sun Structures”
In a year filled with classic pysche-pop revivalists, add Kettering, UK based Temples to the list. This band is positioned well with Noel Gallagher of Oasis, proclaiming them “the best new band in Britain.” Well I wouldn’t go that far, but they certainly have excellent technique and musicianship down pat. “Shelter Song” is a hip-shaking Byrdsian beat with a nice hook that effortlessly resonates.
The duo of singer/guitarist James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Warmsley skillfully reproduce the sixties ambiance throughout the album with a cerebral and artsy bent. The lyrical obsessions with misty metaphysical puzzles and Eastern meditations also bring to mind the grandness of the era with “Move With The Season” and “The Golden Throne.” Bands from the now defunct Rainbow Quartz Records (Outrageous Cherry, The High Dials and The Grip Weeds) would fit perfectly alongside Temples. Lots of highlights here, “Mesmerize” and “The Guesser” both seem to sound like The Searchers or The Zombies. And “Test of Time” has that expansive wall of sound enveloping your senses. The only thing that you could complain about is that Bagshaw’s vocal can get buried on a few tracks, as they go overboard on the mellotron and echo effects. Otherwise get this and New Electric Ride LP, paint yourself up in florescent body paint, turn on the black-light and get your groove on. Highly Recommended.
Greg Ieronimo “Bi-Polar Love”
If you’ve been missing Sugar Bomb’s Bully or Enuff Z’nuff and asking yourself, “Why doesn’t anyone make this kind of rock anymore?” Well, Greg Leronimo may be the fix you are looking for. From the opening chords of “Roller Coaster Ride” you are taken on a ride through power pop perfection, with fuzzy chords and dizzying hooks.
Greg’s vocal is mostly double tracked like Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) to help support his lower register. “Catch Me,” while not as immediate boasts a great chorus above a wall of guitars. “Lucky Day” takes a few tips from Jeff Lynne (ELO) with its vocal style and backing vocal techniques. Although this is a short 7-track album (maybe it counts as a EP for some) not a single dud is to be found. “Outer Space” has a strong riffs anchoring everything and “Goodbye Love” is another mid-tempo gem that echos Jellyfish. The last track “Act Two” is another fast-paced love song that recalls both Weezer and Cheap Trick. Get this FREE from Bandcamp, or order the CD. Highly Recommended.