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Temples and The Districts @ Union Transfer.

October 30, 2014

Temples @ Union Transfer_102514_Photo by Jason Melcher_IMG_0232Text and images by Jason Melcher.

The Districts made their way back to Philadelphia on Saturday night to open up for UK psych-rock band Temples (above) at Union Transfer.

With two albums under their belts, Kitchen Songs (2011) and Telephone (2012), the young four-piece band originally from Lititz, PA have been drawing a lot of attention and establishing a growing fan base. Lead by Rob Grote on vocals and guitar, The Districts took to the stage with tons of energy and immediately got the crowd moving. They played songs off of their self-titled EP, which was released earlier this year, including a crowd favorite “Funeral Beds.” Whether it’s Grote’s powerful voice, brimming with emotion or the great deal of charm in their performances, it’s hard not to cheer for these guys.

The local favorites have had a busy year touring all over the country and will be making their way back to Europe next month to perform in the UK and France.

Following the release of their debut album Sun Structures in February, Temples have been winning fans over with their psychedelic rock showcase.

Hailing from Kettering, England, Temples began touring all across the globe just a year after they formed in 2012. The packed crowd at Union Transfer could barely contain their excitement on Saturday night as the four-piece band was welcomed back to Philadelphia with open arms and a barrage of deafening cheers.

The audience was hooked as soon as they opened their set with “Sun Structures.” As dense fog billowed from the stage, frontman James Bagshaw lead the audience on a hazy trip back to the ‘60’s. Their music calls to mind The Byrds and The Beatles, along with more contemporary artists like Tame Impala, while providing something new and refreshing.

Temples put on a great show and sounded incredible live, closing the evening with a captivating encore performance of “Mesmerize.”

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