When going through the embarrassing amount of unread emails currently in our inbox, I often go by the philosophy “anything by Temple Songs or Pink Teens will be amazing”. With this new split EP along with Fruit Tones, that philosophy has yet to let me down. I don’t know if Pink Teens is completely replacing Temple Songs as the main project of jangle-pop mastermind Jolan Lewis, however, his songwriting has never been better. ”Hands are Shaking” is a slice 60s garage rock flavored bliss and reaches the same energetic highs as any of Temple Songs previous fuzzed-out material. Fellow Manchester natives, Fruit Tones hold up their end of the split with tambourine shake saturated garage rock. The Tones even offer up a cover of Temple Songs “$$$$$$’ $$ $ $ $$$$$$$$$” with “¢¢¢¢¢¢’ ¢¢ ¢ ¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢”. It’s awesome to hear two groups inspiring each other to make cool things. Stream the entire EP after the jump.
Call me biased, but I knew I’d love this song before I pressed play. ”La La La La La La” is the debut single from The Pink Teens a new project from Jolan Lewis the mastermind behind Temple Songs. Although Temple Songs cleaned up their lo-fi sound a bit since I first found their music, The Pink Teens have Lewis returning to an endearingly amateurish recording sound. Staying true to the promise of its name, “La La La La La La” is a straight forward and catchy romp unsurprisingly carried by a “la la” heavy chorus. Although I definitely want to see lots more Temple Songs in 2013, I wouldn’t mind some of Lewis’ time spent towards The Pink Teens either.
Temple Songs (and a lot of our favorite UK lo-fi bands) have been pretty quiet for around a minute now even though the summer has only brought more reason to listen to their sun-soaked tunes. However, Temple Songs decided to make our day today with two new lo-fi jams to keep us satiated including this foot stomper ‘Magick With A K’. ’Magick With A K’ probably won’t convert anyone who wasn’t into earlierTemple Songs material over to their fun-loving band wagon, however, there probably isn’t much help for those people anyways. It’s hot and sticky outside and this Buzzcocks-tinged pop is exactly what I need.
Temple Songs has gone through a huge evolution since I first heard their music as they’ve transitioned from a solo-act to a proper 4-piece group. Their last twosingles have experimented with a punk sound reminiscent of a lot of great indie bands from the early 2000′s. Their latest track, ‘Luxury Lice’, may be their strongest effort yet with the band crafting a track that refines all the past sounds that they’ve worked with. ’Luxury Lice’ shares some sonic similarities with the extremely lo-fi vibe their album 15 Bygones had while still utilizing all the benefits of the new band members. Temple Songs have been putting out some killer tracks lately and they’ll only keep getting better from here.
Temple Songs has continued to surprise me with more seriously catchy jams in the form of their latest leak ‘Someone Get Her Outta Here’. Like their previous drop ‘Sunspot Dandyline’, ‘Someone Get Her Outta Here’ embraces a jangly british-punk sound that fits the group incredibly well. The recording is appropriately lo-fi and I still happily can’t really discern most of the vocals but that doesn’t stop the melody from getting stuck in my head. Stream and download ‘Someone Get Her Outta Here’ below…
To be completely honest, I didn’t expect to hear much more from Temple Songs after digging his album 15 Bygones. Luckily Temple Songs has blessed the blogosphere with a new track ‘Sunspot Dandyline’. If this track had been released by some other obscure artist I never would have made the connection between Temple Songs’ lazy, beach-ready music with this track’s fast-paced, punk sound. The detached vocals and warm guitar are nowhere to be found replaced by a track that could pass as something by The Buzzcocks. Hopefully this track is only one of many more to come.