I’m putting the music up top for you to listen to now because it’s so damn good you shouldn’t wait till you finish reading their “Meet The Band” I was talking to a friend the other day at work about what I think goes into the idea that 2016 is a very special year in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. One of my points is the endless talent from around the World that all becomes available to us in an instant . Black Temple Shrines are just the kind of band that I’m talking about, who would ever think that a garage rock band with a surf twist would be coming out of Dublin , but that’s the world we live in , toss out all your preconceived notions about what to expect and open up to the idea that new great music is not just located within the United States. Seriously, these guys kick total ass , Dick Dale and Link Wray would love them yep they’re that good, listen to ‘ Death Rattle’ , classic rock ‘n’ roll hit song that anyone who calls themselves a DJ should have on their current playlist. Are you with me, listen to this record and get on over to Greenway Records and pick up this beautiful looking piece of vinyl. And expect to see this Debut Album in our list of top Albums of 2016 …
Meet – Black Temple Shrines
for those unfamiliar with your history, can you tell us why you decided to give this whole music thing a shot?
Conor: Me and Michael have been friends a long time and used to hang out and drink at his parents where he had a couple of guitars and a drum kit in his room. I had tried to get a band going once or twice before but it never really worked out and Michael had been doing little bits here and there but not much. We’d begun messing around ;jamming out out some stuff I’d been writing and it actually sounded good, so we ran with it. Soon enough we got another friend on board to play bass and eventually got ourselves a few gigs around Dublin. Since then Barry, who we knew from playing in another Dublin band called Gavin And Thee Icons has come on board for bass duties.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
Conor: I would have been heavily influenced by a bunch of great bands that would’ve been playing around Dublin a lot when I was growing up. Bands like The Hot Sprockets (who are still going strong), The Things and The Mighty Stef. You’d also have the likes of Link Wray, The Cramps, The Gun Club and all that kinda stuff. Overall though as a band we’ve got a pretty eclectic taste in music, Barry for example would be big into bands like The Clash and The Jam where as Michael would be more into classic rock such as Led Zeppelin or The Doors
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Conor: The whole thing has been pretty cool, but getting to put out a record on Greenway Records has to’ve been the coolest thing to happen so far. To have someone want to put out your music and then to have something tangible at the end of that, something to show for your efforts, that’s a great feeling.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
Conor: Just to keep growing and progressing as a band. Keep putting out music that we and other people dig and to hopefully see as much of the world and meet as many cool people as possible while doing it.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Conor: Daniel Romano’s ‘Sleep Beneath The Willow’ and the first album from Run The Jewels
Barry: The Bonnevilles’s; ‘Arrow Pierce My Heart’
Michael: Band of Skulls’s; ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Conor: Social media definitely makes things a little easier; connecting with fans, other bands, promoters etc…
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
Conor: We’ve been lucky so far in that any feedback we’ve gotten has been pretty good. Like anything I’m sure there are people out there who aren’t into it, but so far those people have been cool enough to keep it to themselves.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Conor: I’m excited to go anywhere that’s willing to have us, but topping the list would have to be either the States or Japan.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
Conor: I don’t know about that. I think our music might do more to corrupt your soul if anything.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Conor: We’d just like to thank everyone who’s supported us so far!