Emerging Artist Spotlight: Temples

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Welcome to Emerging Artists Spotlight, the Billboard series where we highlight a musician or band who has recently made their debut on the Emerging Artists chart. Whether they are new to the industry, or have been around for a while but are just starting to have a chart impact, the intention is to showcase where they are here and now. This week’s pick is psychedelic rock group Temples, who debuted at No. 42 on the chart dated Oct. 11 with the release of their third studio album Hot Motion.


English quartet Temples have made a name for themselves by tapping into the rich history of psych-rock. The group’s guitar-driven catalog is a late-1960s crate digger’s dream, but for their third studio album Temples have tapped into a different kind of nostalgia.

Hot Motion, which was released on Sept. 27 ATO Records, is a standout in the digital age of singles. The Kettering, England band’s latest effort is a record best consumed whole. Hot Motion is 45 minutes of a cohesive sonic kaleidoscope kicking off with the enthralling title track before launching into the singalong chorus of “You’re Either on Something” that states “you’re either on something or onto something.”

Temples' third album is more melodic than its predecessors -- 2017’s Volcano and 2014 debut Sun Structures -- which helped 2019’s trippiest band land the No. 42 spot on this week’s Emerging Artists chart. Their new LP debuted at No. 4 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 90 on Top Album Sales with 2,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.

They've previously reached the charts with their two other albums Volcano and Sun StructuresVolcano reached No. 2 on Heatseekers, No. 41 on Top Rock Albums, No. 25 on Alternative Albums and No. 8 on Vinyl Albums on March 25, 2017. Sun Structures reached No. 163 on the Billboard 200, No. 44 on Top Rock Albums and No. 4 on Heatseekers Albums on March 1, 2014.

Learn more about Temples below.

Members: James Bagshaw (guitarist/singer), Thomas Walmsley (bassist), Adam Smith (keyboardist/guitarist), Rens Ottink (drummer)

Recommended Sleep On It song: “Hot Motion”

Outside Of the Music: “As a touring band, the wreckage you can leave behind after a show can be bewildering, so it's important to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible. Walk whenever you can, avoid animal products, plastic bottles and wearing vintage clothing all helps the greater good. It's important to take care of the world and each other.”

What’s next: “We'll bring our new album Hot Motion to the people and to tour as many places as possible. We are thrilled to be touring the U.S. this October and January/February in 2020.”