Temple Grounds are a new act from London with the foundations of their sound based on the kind of sturdy guitar rock favoured by Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro or even The Manic Street Preachers in their stadium rock pomp. Strip away the thick layers of instruments though and the group’s main USP seems to be their well-executed harmonies and each of the songs on this EP sensibly plays to this strength.
‘Half Alive’ is a suitably stirring opener and it gives way to the mid-paced ‘My Way Out’, which builds deliciously from moody verses to a euphoric chorus. Even after ‘Sun And Rise’ veers dangerously into power ballad territory, by the time of final song ‘Say It All’ they have clearly mastered the combination of intricate playing with powerful and heatfelt singing.
Temple Grounds’ bio promises to deliver an “innovative, elegiac and epic sound” and whilst they deserve a big tick against the latter two qualities, their anthemic sound is not exactly breaking new ground (in fairness, who does?) Having said that, they boast some sterling vocal melodies which will surely serve them well both at home and – looking further afield – in the US.
Manic Street Preachers, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro