Temples’ ‘Hot Motion’ Is A Neo-Surreal Record Of Noir & Chromatic Narratives

A dark, cryptic poke into your psyche

Artwork courtesy of Grandstand

UK trio Temples has released their third record Hot Motion out to the world today and like its title, it burns into your psyche by embracing both meditation and movement. In their new record, Temples introduces us to a novel alchemy of surrealism where they imbues us with soul-grasping psychedelia that is both seductive and ominous. With a woozy strain of ambient pop, jolt of acid beats, and airy gauziness, Hot Motions swaggers back and forth between different time spaces as they throwback classic rock/pop sounds while incorporating progressive elements. It’s a record that is constantly moving through the layers of our inner psyche as Temples hover over their own personal experiences with change, spirituality, relationships, and revelations. Enjoy the ride:

“It felt like there was a darker edge to what we were coming up with and we wanted to make sure that carried through the whole record,” shared bassist Thomas Walmsley on the new record. “It’s not a ten track, relentless rock record from start to finish, it’s got a lot of light and shade and more tender moments, but that heavier, darker sound is something we wanted to explore further.”

“I’m really proud of ‘You’re Either On Something’ lyrically,” shared vocalist James Bagshaw. “On that track, I can hear influences of stuff that I listened to when I was growing up. There’s almost a nostalgia to that track, even though it’s very forward-looking. Equally, while the words on [album closer] “Monuments” are a little cryptic, it’s very much about the time we live in. I wouldn’t say it’s a political song but you can’t help but write about the things that are happening.”

Comprised of Thomas, James, and Adam Smith (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Temples broke into the scene with their 2012 single “Shelter Song.” Since then, they’ve built a cult-like audience around the globe and toured across various countries. And speaking of touring, the trio will be going on their North America tour soon, so get your tix:

10/12/19 – Perris, CA @ Desert Daze Festival

10/14/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

10/15/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

10/17/19  – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room

10/18/19 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre

10/19/19 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

10/21/19 – Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theatre

10/22/19 –  Austin, TX @ Stubbs

10/24/19 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

10/25/19 – 10/27/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience

10/29/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

1/20/20- Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

1/21/20 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

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