Temples of Youth – ‘Keen to be Clean’
(Released July 1st 2022)
Meeting your band through an advert seems to be something of an old school way to go about things, yet that’s exactly what happened with Southampton’s Temples of Youth. It’s a fitting genesis however, for a band who have always done things on their own terms.
Having cut their teeth in previous acts, Jo Carson and Paul Gumma decided with Temples of Youth, they were going to do things in a much more DIY fashion. As such Paul learnt to play bass, as well as record and produce, whilst Jo took on the role of marketing and focussed on getting the band some crucial early shows. This led to them playing Victorious Festival, The Great Escape and Blissfields as a duo.
After a couple of years together, the band’s influences changed. The addition of Mike on drums brought about a much more organic sound, mixing elements of shoegaze, dreampop and new wave. This added a whole new dynamic to the music and live shows, affording them the chance to play with Pale Waves, Sundara Karma and Penelope Isles. At the latter show they met Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins and Bella Union, which was a highlight of their journey so far.
Of course, it’s not just on stage that the band have turned heads. A smattering of singles earned the attention of their local BBC Introducing station, a relationship which has seen the band played on BBC 1 and 2, along with crucial support from radio 6Music’s Steve Lamacq.
Their latest single ‘Keen to be Clean’ looks set to do much the same. Three minutes of off-kilter post-punk and ‘90s cynicism, the track is about moral decline, alienation and growing old disgracefully.
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