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Interview:
Britain's Temples is starting to open new musical doors
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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A great deal has changed for the British band Temples since its formation just three years ago.

"We're definitely much tighter, and not just musically," says bassist Adam Smith, who confesses that, because the quartet was coming together as its debut album, "Sun Structures," was being recorded, "We didn't gel straightaway as musicians. We were sort of thrown in at the deep end and learned to adapt and learned to adapt and learned to play with each other.

"Now it seems like second nature. It just feels really natural."

Smith, 26, adds that comfort can be heard in Temples' live shows, where the group is starting to take license and expanded the songs in performance.

"We've developed them in ways we couldn't have developed them in the studio," Smith explains. "We did the creative process almost backwards to most bands, as in we recorded the album and finished most of the album before we went and played it (live). So we learned how to play the songs as they were recorded rather than writing them all together and playing them to people and then recording them.

"So now the songs have really developed and gotten a lot more interesting, I think, because of what we've done to them."

Touring has also allowed Smith and his bandmates to add new material to the Temples' repertoire, which means the group is starting to work on its sophomore album in the more conventional way he described above.

"We've got a few new songs together and we're playing two of them in the show," Smith reports. "We don't really know what (the album) is sounding like yet; it's fairly different and it certainly puts us in a different direction, but there hasn't been a real conscious decision yet. We're just sort of testing it out and that's going to determine what's going to happen with the next album."

Temples and Fever the Ghost

Thursday, June 4. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $27.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.


Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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