Temples

Temples

Temples

with Lo Moon

The Social / Orlando, FL • 5.11.17

By 9pm, Central Florida’s groovy nightspot was packed literally to its authentic wooden rafters – brimming with a bevy of cuties under 20 and creepers over 50. Ah, showtime in O-town!

Kicking off the soirée – synth-pop newcomers, Lo Moon. Led by singer / songwriter / guitarist, Matt Lowell, the trippy L.A.-based trio, bathed Orlando early birds in a glorious, ambient shower – less the scented body wash and loofah, of course. Along with the assistance of a near-hidden drummer-for-hire, Lo Moon created more super-sonic oomph than troupes twice their size, as multi-instrumentalists Samuel Stewart and Crisanta Baker both executed double duty proficiently.

Lo Moon

Christopher Long
Lo Moon

Christopher Long

Featured tracks from the band’s upcoming debut record included “This is It” – a slow-building number that morphed seamlessly into a strong bridge and a soaring crescendo. Equally appealing, “Real Love” was hooky and melodic. “This is our only song out in the world,” Lowell announced, leading his crew into the mega-streamed cyber hit, “Loveless.” Near the set’s conclusion, Lowell commented humbly, “It’s so cool watching such a great band every night” – a classy nod to the evening’s headliner.

Oozing sufficient Syd Barrett-inspired psychedelia to maintain mystique, while seeping enough Oasis swagger to still get laid, U.K. synth-pop poster boys, Temples, proved a mightier stage force than their studio efforts indicate – storming the Social stage amid seizure-inducing, retina-burning lighting and molar-jarring low end boom boom.

Temples

Christopher Long
Temples

Christopher Long

“Florida is the hottest state ever,” frontman James Bagshaw announced to the audience early into the high-energy set – an onslaught bursting with the best bits from the band’s 2014 debut record, Sun Structures, as wells as choice cuts from the just-released sophomore effort, Volcano – including the well-received, infectious new single, “Certainty.”

Surrounded by vintage-looking band gear – ’60s-style keyboard rigs, Gretsch guitars, Vox amplifiers and Ludwig drums, the four-piece combo’s Magic Bus-era attire also was as authentic as their retro-tinged, yet super-processed sound. A more “seasoned” rock fan could have spotted Temples’ impressive DNA easily. However, to the giddy scantily-clad girlies up front, they were experiencing something completely fresh and unique. Bless their little hearts.

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