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Temples on Mars - Agent Newsletter Interview

06 Nov 2006 // An interview by Shade
Thanks to Jimi for answering the following questions:

1) What was your greatest achievement during 2006?

That would have to be releasing our debut album 'Expand/Contract'. The whole process and everything associated with it consumed a large part of the year.

2) Do you have any new recordings or tours planned for 2007?

We actually have another tour planned for Nov/Dec this year which we are finalising details for at the moment. It will be visiting most main centres in the North Island. Then we have another tour for 'Expand/Contract' for start of 2007 which will be a full NZ Tour. We have already started writing for album number 2 so we are looking at getting that out for end of 2007. Plus a few other little endeavours.

3) What do you think could be done to make NZ music even better?

Spending more money in the music industry. And a bigger population. But both of those are pretty hard to achieve in the next few years unless some serious breeding goes on, so I guess I'd have to say encouraging music more at an early level at schools.

4) What is your favourite place to be in NZ?

Depends on my mood. If I'm in my city mood I really like Wellington and Auckland but other times I'm just as happy going for a road trip to the Whangamomana Pub for lunch and a few drinks. Anyone who hasn't been to Whanga really should check it out, it has a massive population of 37 and used to have a goat for President.

5) Who do you admire the most in NZ music at the moment?

Hmmm tough, can I admire a few people?...I'd have to say The Datsuns for one. I saw them live in Paris recently and they were very impressive. Top musicians, super tight set, good songs, with a rock n' roll attitude to match. Also I like drum n' bass so it would have to Concord Dawn as well, and musically Wellington band El Schlong do it for me too.
 

About Temples on Mars

Temples on Mars is a London based progressive rock band. Originally formed in New Zealand (NZ) under the name Agent, the band relocated to London in 2008. Featuring James Donaldson on vocals and guitar, Daz Carikas on bass, Gerald Gill on guitars, and Dean Gibb on drums, Temples on Mars produces accessible, progressive tinged, rock music.

To date, Temples on Mars have headlined their own NZ tours and UK shows, featured at UK Rock festivals, released two EP’s, plus two full length albums: Expand/Contract which was given 5/5 stars by NZ’s leading music magazine Rip It Up and NZ Musician magazine, making a name for them in their native NZ, and their second album Kingdom of Fear, which created a buzz in the prog-rock scene in the UK and Europe earning the band a 2014 UK progressive music award nomination.

After relocating to London, Temples on Mars quickly became regulars on the live music scene and have shared the stage with numerous UK bands including Skindred, Devil Sold His Soul, Black Peaks, InMe and I Am Giant to name a few. Temples on Mars subsequently teamed up with long time friend and producer Paul Matthews of I Am Giant fame (whose production credits also include OpShop, Blindspott, Stylus and Six60). With Matthews, Temples on Mars began work on their second full length album Kingdom of Fear which was released world wide in December 2013. Kingdom of Fear was mastered by Tom Coyne (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, I Am Giant) of Sterling Sound in New York.

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Releases

Temples On Mars
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Kingdom Of Fear
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Expand / Contract
Year: 2006
Type: Album
The Pheng Nom Shakedown
Year: 2003
Type: EP

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