Local music enthusiasts rejoice, there’s a hot new band on the loose! Temple Tree, a local musical experience formed by two friends who’ve collaborated with many people since their formation, has a fresh sound filled with nostalgia and ultra-chill vibes.
Their journey began in 1999, while the two founding fathers were playing in their high school band known as Offensive Finger. The Temple Tree pioneers (who prefer to remain unnamed, as anonymity is part of their allure) stuck around and continued jamming over the years, as fellow collaborators would come and go. “The main two members are the heart of this band, and we feel it’s better for our music that way. We are very lucky though to have played with many talented bassists and drummers, and the variety we had definitely shaped our sound and made us better musicians.” Says Temple Tree band member A. “We’d like to give a shout out to ever helped Temple Tree on stage and in the Studio.”
Temple Tree’s surprisingly Zen sound coincides nicely with their band’s name, which was inspired by a past spiritual journey in the Himalayas, creating a sound that meshes and pays homage to the styling of some of Kuwait’s greatest underground musicians who have collaborated with the band. Their sound exudes a bluesy feel, but different genres creep their way in there. Expect a twist of reggae in their single “Jungle”, while their single “Self UNT” reaps a feel of nostalgic 90s alternative and a dash of surfer rock chord progressions.
Their influences stem from nostalgic preferences of many teenagers back in the 90s, and they credit so many legendary artists for their soul-encompassing sound “we loved Metallica, Oasis, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, and a few years later we dove deep into the blues. It was the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan and the recently departed Mr. BB King that really opened our horizons to the likes of Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters. This inspired us to play our own form of blues mixed with the alternative and psychedelic tunes of 60s-90s, and we still listen to new bands and are blown away by how good they are, and how much of an inspiration they can be.”
Although Temple Tree doesn’t perform publically very often, they’ve made their appearance on several occasions. They’ve recently played the Winter Festival in Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyya in December, and you’ve seen them around Kuwait collaborating with notable local artists in several events, but they can usually be found in their studio, working on their upcoming album. “We like the studio, but with new channels available in Kuwait, we hope to be performing live more often.”
Their debut record, Memories of Rain Jackets, is currently being recorded, and the band with its musically devoted members is focused on solo projects, releasing their album, and throwing a couple of singles to the mix as well, and hopefully, by the summer of 2016, Kuwait will be humming along to Temple Tree’s tunes as they go about their day to day lives, and we’re also excited to be seeing more of them around!