Temples Releases New Single “Certainty”

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Psychedelic indie rock band Temples have returned with “Certainty,” their first new music since 2014’s Sun Structures.

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The four-minute track is set to appear on the English outfit’s yet-to-be-titled sophomore LP, out early 2017 on Fat Possum Records. “Certainty” was produced by frontman James Bagshaw and features a whimsical melody, a fuzzy guitar line and heavy synths reminiscent of a 16-bit video game. It’s a track you’d hear pouring out of an arcade somewhere in Alice’s Wonderland.

“When writing the melody for ‘Certainty,’ I wanted to create something with almost an eerie, early Disney vibe, something playful and harmonious, but with a dark twist,” Bagshaw said. “Producing the song was as much about layering as it was about sparseness — the verses needed to reveal the thumping motion of the bass and the reflective lyrics, and the melody had to be paired with the right ambience. The chorus was approached in an opposite way, layer after layer, thickening the sound. There’s a blend between moog bass, and actual bass, and the song switches between synthetic and analogue sounds throughout. The guitar mirrors the synth, and visa versa.”

Listen to Temples’ “Certainty”  and see their current tour dates below

Tour Dates

Temples Tour Dates:
Thu. Oct. 6 – London, UK @ Oslo
Thu. Oct. 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Fri. Oct. 14 — Joshua Tree @ Desert Daze
Sat. Oct. 15 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Mon. Oct. 17 — Portland, OR @ Star Theater
Tue. Oct. 18 — Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
Fri. Oct. 21 — St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
Sat. Oct. 22 — Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sun. Oct. 23 — Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar
Mon. Oct. 24 — Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Wed. Oct. 26 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Thu. Oct. 27 — Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. Oct. 28 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. Oct. 29 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

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