Temples shake their psych-pop foundation with ‘Hot Motion’

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It’s hard to believe it’s been just over five years since Temples first rattled our psych rock souls with debut album Sun Structures, and even longer since frenzied tracks like “Keep In The Dark” and “Shelter Song” united both indie dance parties and underground after parties. But as the decade winds down, the English band is back with word of a new record, Hot Motion, and the delivery of its magnetic title track.

Hot Motion, the album, arrives September 27 via ATO Records, and shortly after that Temples play a November 9 show at The Sinclair in Cambridge. The local date, of which tickets go on sale Friday (June 7), is toward the end of a North American tour that kicks off October 10 to 13 at California’s Desert Daze Festival.

“Hot Motion”, the song, is all about “the tensions of desire, dreams, and nightmares.” And it suggests a nice evolution for the group on its forthcoming third album, the follow-up to 2017’s Volcano.


“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,” says bassist Thomas Walmsley. “It’s not a 10 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.”

Begin the journey below.