Sometimes when it’s cold as hell out, the best thing to do is pack into a small crowded room and watch a killer rock show. That’s exactly what I did on Monday, catching a brilliant show from Temples at U Street Music Hall.
Kettering, Northamptonshire’s finest are darkening doorways on this side of the pond behind the group’s third album, Hot Motion, a beefier effort more in line with their paisley-draped debut Sun Structures than their electric-based sophomore album, 2017’s Volcano. Think recent Tame Impala if they were from Liverpool. Or Kula Shaker, except good.
Lead singer and guitarist James Bagshaw, sporting the most amazing 1984-era John McEnroe hair, led the group through a taught 16-song set on Jan. 20. Hot Motion was well represented with the banging title track as well as the deliciously upbeat, rifftastic “Holy Horses” and the falsetto powered “Your Either on Something.”
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Sun Structure also got a good workout, with crowd faves “Mesmerise,” “A Question Isn’t Answered,” and “Shelter Song.” Guitarist/keyboardist Adam Smith provided added riffage while bassist Tom Walmsley, stationed to Bagshaw’s left, whirled back and forth while keeping time with drummer Rens Ottink.
Temples are on the road across the USA through early February, hitting the northeast, Canada, midwest, and west coast. Don’t miss them.
Temples – 2020 Tour Dates
1/23/20 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
1/24/20 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Filmore
1/26/20 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
1/28/20 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
1/30/20 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
1/31/20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
2/1/20 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
2/4/20 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret
2/6/20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
2/7/20 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile Cafe
Here are some photos of Temples performing at U Street Music Hall on Jan. 20, 2020. All photos copyright and courtesy of Kyle Gustafson.