Temples are a UK psychedelic-rock band, due to headline Sub-Sonic Live on June 26th. Consisting of James Baghaw (vocals, guitar), Tom Warmsley (bass, backing vocals), Sam Toms (drums)and Adam Smith (keys), take a listen to the below playlist put together by Sam.
Amon Duul II - Archangel Thunderbird
My first encounter with this song was when I watched a 60s/70s german show called 'Beat-Club' that Tom kindly shared with us in the van. After watching their live performance of it I was hooked. I love how the bass is louder and heavier in the mix than the guitars and the groove that Peter Leopold adds is so cool.
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Tomboy is the title track from Noah Lennox's last album. To me his stuff has always sounded like The Beach Boys on acid. Incredible harmonies.
Psychic Ills - That's Alright
I saw these guys at Austin Psych Fest 2 years ago and at first I wasn't that into it. I was kind of expecting the songs to build up but they never did. However, It didn't take me long to realise that that was their whole thing. The fact that the songs don't climax gives it a cool kind of tension which I now love. So lazy and chilled.
Felt - Sandman's On The Rise Again
One of the most underrated British bands of all time in my opinion. I love all their records (there are a lot to get through).
Mondo Drag - Light As A Feather
Mondo Drag are a band I've only recently discovered but Ive really grown to love their record 'New Rituals'.
Talking Heads - Heaven
Not the most obvious of Talking Heads tracks, I just love David Byrne's vocals.
Clinic - Cement Mixer
Clinic are one of the best live bands Ive seen and if you get to see them you simply must. This song is an early Clinic masterpiece which you can find on '3EPs' EP.
Prince Rama - So Destroyed
I dont know much about Prince Rama but this is a nice cool little trippy dance track.
Can - I'm So Green
I find it incredible to think about how far ahead of the times Can were. This is years before hip hop!
Bruce Haack - Rain Of Earth
A Pioneer in electronic music. This really is such a beautiful song.
The Dandy Warhols - Hard On For Jesus
Such an effortlessly cool song from their second album '...The Dandy Warhols Come Down'. I love the overlapping vocal parts and I'm guessing the lyrics are an ironic dig at the extremely religious but cant be too sure.
July - The Way
A fantastic mix of eastern sounds and very English vocals.
Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Head
Teenage Head is taken from the FGs third album. I always saw them as a more fucked up, crazy version of The Stones. They reformed recently and played a pre party for Austin Psych Fest but alas we missed them by a day.
The Warlocks - Left and Right of the Moon
Nice little chilled out B-side. The Warlocks have taken many different forms and this is one of my favourites. It's great how they reference one
of their own songs, 'Hurricane Heart Attack', in the lyrics which is also
a great number.
My Bloody Valentine - I believe
This is one of my favourite MBV tracks. Its not very well known but I personally think its one of their best. The usual blend of dreamy melody and total sonic annihilation.
The Verve - Beautiful Mind
An early one from The Verve. I love how sparse everything is, there is so much room for everything to breathe. I wish they had remained like this. Such an epic.
Wooden Shjips - Black Smoke Rise
Ripley Johnson gets the best fuzz sounds.
Dr John - Danse Kalinda Ba Doom
Taken from his first album 'Gris gris'. One of those albums you never forget where you are when you first hear it.
Arthur Russell - Platform on the Ocean
Arthur russell is another forgotten genius. This is not perhaps the best song to represent him but it is a corker. There is a great documentary on him called 'Wild Combination' which is a must see. He experimented a lot with vocal delay and distorted cello.
The Stooges - Shake Appeal
Last but by no means least 'Shake Appeal' by The Stooges. I never go on a
night out without hearing this before I leave the house.