Talking about spirituality and pop music in the same breath can sometimes make some people a little awkward, so when a new band called Temples of Youth come along with a song called Churches you might think it’s best to skip on to something else. I’d advise not to though, because Paul Gumma and Jo Carson who make up this new UK duo from the Winchester area are creating some rather thoughtful twilight hours pop with a cinematic dreaminess that’s worth your attention.
Having already uploaded a small handful of songs onto their Soundcloud, Churches is the first of their self-released material that’s available to download. The song is about Jo’s experiences of prejudice; being made to feel initially welcome by a group of people who then completely changed the way they treated her when they found out more about her. It makes me think a little of the words that have echoed around the world following the horrendous murder of another Jo - British MP Jo Cox. “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.” If only everyone could have the clarity of vision to see things that way, the world would be a much better place. Thankfully, the world will always be a better place when we have musicians, entertainers and artists creating songs.
Temples of Youth will be making a donation to Equality Florida from the sales of downloads for Churches. Their next live show is supporting Declan McKenna on the 22nd June at Guildford Boiler Room.
Temples of Youth - Churches