UK-Based Alternative Progressive Rock Band Temples On Mars Explores Life’s Existential Question

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UK-based alternative progressive rock quartet Temples On Mars are excited to announce the release of their latest single and accompanying music video. With their thought-provoking lyrics and genre-bending sound, the band dives deep into the profound questions of existence and the fleeting nature of life in their newest offering.

Titled Smile, the band’s poignant new single delves into the concept of living each day as if it were your last. The track presents a musical exploration of existentialism, urging listeners to contemplate how they would spend their remaining time if they knew it was limited. With powerful vocals, gripping instrumentals, and evocative melodies, the single draws listeners into an introspective journey, inviting them to reflect on their own lives and priorities.

Accompanying the single is a visually stunning music video that enhances the song’s introspective theme. Directed by the band’s bassist Darren Carikas, the video captures the band’s artistic vision and complements the song’s exploration of life’s profound questions.

The band’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of progressive rock is evident in Smile. Their unique fusion of musical styles and their ability to craft intricate compositions while maintaining a sense of accessibility is showcased in this latest release. Their exceptional musicianship and their knack for evoking deep emotions through their music continue to captivate audiences and solidify their position in the alternative rock scene.

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About Temples on Mars

Formed in January 2018, TEMPLES ON MARS is an alternative progressive rock band from London (UK) featuring James Donaldson on guitar/vocals, Gerald Gill on guitar, Daz Carikas on bass guitar, and Dean Gibb on drums.

Temples on Mars released their self-titled debut album on 6th April 2018 via Dutch record label Primordial Records, which was recorded by award-winning producer Paul Matthews at Kingston Road Studios and mastered by Sebastian Braunreuther at Mix Berlin in Germany. “Temples on Mars” received glowing reviews worldwide and the release was supported by a UK headline tour and accompanied by various international support slots and festival appearances at MacMillan Fest (UK), Progpower (Netherlands), Planet Rock Winter’s End (UK), Euroblast (Germany) to name a few, followed by a headline tour of South Africa. During this period the band’s sound was compared by the media to the more accessible likes of Muse and Nothing More with undertones of proggier acts like Karnivool, Mastodon, and Tesseract.

Temples on Mars’ second offering, “Parallels V.1” EP, was recorded at YouTube Space in London and released on July 3rd, 2020 along with several accompanying videos also shot at YouTube Space during the recording of the EP. “Parallels V.1” is a self-produced collection of 5 alternative versions of tracks chosen from the debut album which has seen the band developing a darker, more electronic side of their sound.

Work has recently been completed on Temples on Mars’ next full-length album working-titled “The Plot to Murder Time”. Written and recorded at various studios between London and Los Angeles during the height of the global pandemic in 2020/2021, the new album sees Temples on Mars further define their own sound by pushing the more accessible and electronic elements to the forefront whilst continuing to dial up the overall heaviness. Due to covid restrictions limiting drum recording, Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, Guns n Roses) played the drums for a number of tracks.

The first single from the new album “Sleepwalking into Extinction” was released on 20th May 2022 and has arguably been the band’s most successful release to date peaking at number 15 in the Radioscope Top 40 Rock Charts in James’ home country of New Zealand.

2022 has largely been the restart of the post-covid live music environment and Temples on Mars has returned to the live stage with some notable appearances at Download Festival UK, and Radar Festival UK, along with a mix of headline and support slots.



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