British Rockers TEMPLES Excite BRUSSELS With Their Euphoric Glam Pop Formula

TEMPLES – Botanique Venue, Brussels – 19 November 2019

Never change a winning formula is definitely British quartet TEMPLES‘ chosen strategy.
After listening to their recent, third album Hot Motion it was quickly clear that the band had decided to keep doing what they do best since their debut LP Sun Structures back in 2014, which is writing glam and glitter pop songs with the three inseparable ingredients you need to succeed: catchiness, tunefulness and euphoric sing along choruses. Mind you, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Many tried/try that formula over and over again but only a few become successful at doing it as it should be done to get the listener in an elevating mood.

And it also helps when you look like young God-like pop stars too. Anyway, last Tuesday
in Brussels, after a short false start, due to technical problems, the ecstatic Temples show took off and turned the full house, with a large fanatic fans representation, pretty fast in
to a state of euphoric elation, with a clever mix of old stompers (Keep In The Dark / Shelter Song / Certainty ) and new standouts (The Howl / Holy Horses / Hot Motion). As I’ve seen the band a couple of times before I had a déjà vu once in while but seeing the greater part of the audience going nuts frequently was a pretty sight to see and keeps yourself exultant too. And with turning the one and only encore ‘Mesmerise‘ into a sort of Jimi Hendrix like psychedelic guitar outburst the band reminded us that 90 minutes with them is about a thousand times more entertaining than sitting in your lazy couch all evening long watching crap on TV.

The whole set reproduced on Spotify

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(All pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Irish Mean Punk ‘N’ Roll Machine FONTAINES D.C. Inflamed Brussels…

FONTAINES D.C. – Botanique, Brussels – 7 November 2019

Last Thursday was the third time in the past 18 months that Turn Up The Volume lost himself in FONTAINES D.C.‘s intoxicating live hurly-burly. And this non-stop storming
gig was by far the best of the three. The success of their astounding debut LP ‘Dogrel made them tour half of the globe and after a couple of hundred shows since I first saw these sharp-mouthed Irish punk ‘n’ roll globetrotters they have become a real red-hot-blooded, mean machine. Their 45 minutes of adrenalin infused explosion of youthful anger, political and social frustration and sheer rock puissance inflamed our capital
and myself. Incontestable contender for best gig of the year! You bet!

Yesterday’s pics

Manic frontman Grian Chatten in full swing…

Too real for ya?

Looking for the boys in the better land

Full house

Setlist, including two new ones: ‘Heroes Death’ and ‘Lucid Dream’ …

Debut album DOGREL in full…

Reviews of Turn Up The Volume‘s previous Fontaines experiences:
Dikmsuide 2019 and Brussels 2018