Soul’d Out Music Festival: Temples and Drowners at Star Theater

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The Star Theater will host a cosmic journey back to the early days of psychedelia with rising English band Temples on April 10.

From the very first notes on their debut album, you can hear the influence The Beatles have had on England’s newest breakout band Temples. (Those notes are the above “Shelter Song.”) Evoking the likes of Revolver’s “Tomorrow Never Knows” and a handful of other chart-topping psychedelic rock songs from the 1960’s, Sun Structures’ opening track quickly takes you on a trip down an acid rain road of arousal. In fact, every track on the recently released album conjures up memories of psychedelia’s early days. Bands such as The Byrds, The Zombies and Hawkwind are apparent throughout, but it’s a modern take (think Tame Impala) on what we now consider to be psych rock.

With plenty of trippy guitars, heavily reverbed layers, flowing rhythms and singable choruses, Temples radiate a mystical warmth. Pretty impressive considering frontman James Bagshaw and bassist/vocalist Thomas Warmsley never even intended to start a band. After releasing the single “Shelter Sun” online in late 2012, they were praised by notable rock legends Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher and inspired to lay down enough acid-drenched tracks to put together a superb first album.

Those looking to experience an agreeable flashback should look no further than Portland’s own Star Theater on the eve of Thursday, April 10. Expect classic English haircuts, kaleidoscope colors, and plenty of soothingly reminiscent sounds that’ll flow deep into the night.

NYC four-piece Drowners will kick off the night with some catchy, energetic tunes that blend a little Britpop inspired by The Cure with some American indie rock. Imagine The Kooks hanging out with Arctic Monkeys and The All-American Rejects.

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