Interview: Temples of Youth

Ahead of their debut EP release in just 10 days time, we caught up with Hampshire based indie-electronic favourites Temples of Youth to talk about their long-awaited, forthcoming self-titled EP, playing live and the future!

Mix It All Up: Temples Of Youth @ Icebreaker Festival 2017
Temples Of Youth @ Icebreaker Festival 2017

Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce Temples of Youth:

Paul: Hello! We are a two-piece indie/electronic band from Winchester with a range of influences from singer/songwriters like Florence and Patti Smith to dreampop bands like Cocteau Twins and Beach House. Jo sings, plays percussion and guitar and I also play guitar and contribute backing vocals now and again.


Your debut, self-titled EP is set for release on 17th November! Are there ongoing themes running throughout the tracks on the EP?

P: The tracks were written over the space of two years and are those that we thought worked well together on one record. Jo suggested the final track order which flows nicely, I think. There are different themes in there; personal experiences and subjects that are of interest to us or that we feel strongly about.


What would you say has been the biggest learning curve for you as a band since starting out?

P: Personally, it has been getting my head around the tech, from programming the sampler, to recording and mixing the tracks which takes a while to get to grips with. I feel like I’ve progressed a lot in the last year or so though.

Jo: I think my biggest learning curve has been to remain patient. You’re going to experience so many knock backs and rejections. It’s important to enjoy what you’re doing, look at ways you can improve and keep going.


What would you say is the most rewarding thing about what you do; writing and recording great tracks or performing live?

P: There’s a real buzz from playing live but I think the most rewarding thing for me is when one of us comes up with a new idea that we both like, and developing that into a new song. It’s also rewarding to hear how much our sound has developed from our first tracks and our live shows are more slick and dynamic now. We both put a lot of effort in so it’s good to see that pay off.

J: I really like the writing process too, it’s the most freeing part where nothing is set in stone yet. There’s lots of possibilities and roads to explore.


Icebreaker Festival is a staple in our calendar and you’re set to return next year, headlining at the Wine Vaults. How does it feel to be headlining one of the stages?

P: It feels great. Thank to Icebreaker Festival very much for choosing us!

J: It’s great to be asked to headline, shows we’re moving in the right direction. I’m sure I’ll be feeling more nervous about it nearer the time!


Where is somewhere you’d love to play live, but haven’t yet? 

P: It would be great to play SXSW or Burning Man. Somewhere in the desert would be amazing, amongst the lizards and coyotes!

J: Yes, America. That would be amazing. I’m also obsessed with Rough Trade East in London and playing a show there would be a lifelong ambition come true.


What bands/albums are you listening to at the moment?

P: Recently, I’ve been listening to a band from the States called Peach Pit. Also, King Krule and Toro Y Moi’s last records.

J: I’ve been listening to the new The War on Drugs album and a lot of Cigarettes After Sex. I’m also really into the Yonaka EP.


Finally, have you got anything to share regarding what you’ve got planned for 2018 and the remainder of 2017?

J: The remainder of 2017 is very much going to be focussed on this EP and getting it out there – we’ve got a few good shows coming up too. 2018 will be all about getting some new material together and looking at how we can improve our live show.

We would like to thank Temples of Youth very much for their time! Below are the bands upcoming tour dates for the rest of this year/early 2018 and you can also listen to the bands latest single ‘Amber’.

19th November – EP Launch, Elephant Records, Winchester
25th November – The Railway, Winchester
8th December – The Finsbury, London
14th December – Guildhall, Winchester
3rd February – Icebreaker Festival

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