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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.

Temples on Mars have recently released their brand new single Death in the Afternoon which has been receiving airplay on the BBC radio 1 Dan P. Carter show, Kerrang, and Scuzz TV among many others. Death in the Afternoon was recorded and produced by Temples on Mars and Paul Matthews and mastered in New York by Tom Coyne.

Band Members:
James Donaldson (vocals, guitar)
Dean Gibb (drums)
Daz Carikas (bass, backing vocals)
Gerald Gill (guitar)


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REVIEW: Album Review: Temples on Mars
Submitted by butch181
19 Mar 2018
INTERVIEW: Agent Excited About New Album!
Submitted by RYAN KERSHAW
16 Mar 2016
REVIEW: Gig Review: Agent @ Kings Arms, Auckland 27/11/14
Submitted by Andrew Smit
9 Dec 2014
REVIEW: Kingdom of Fear Album Review
Submitted by Petros
17 May 2013
REVIEW: Made Of Gold Single Review
Submitted by terry666
24 Oct 2012
REVIEW: Vondelpark Single Review
Submitted by terry666
28 Jul 2011
INTERVIEW: Agent Newsletter Interview
Submitted by Shade
2 Jul 2011
INTERVIEW: Agent Newsletter Interview
Submitted by Shade
6 Nov 2006
REVIEW: Agent - Expand/contract
Submitted by Guest
24 Oct 2006
REVIEW: Agent - 'Expand/Contract'
Submitted by Shade
11 Sep 2006
REVIEW: 18 February 2006 Gig
Submitted by Guest
23 Feb 2006
REVIEW: Agent - Basement Bar 23rd December 2005
Submitted by Guest
27 Dec 2005
REVIEW: Agent - Palmerston North Gig
Submitted by Shade
5 Nov 2005
INTERVIEW: Agent Newsletter Interview
Submitted by Shade
22 Aug 2005
REVIEW: Hiatus Album Review
Submitted by Guest
13 Jul 2005
INTERVIEW: Agent Interview Two
Submitted by bonnie
25 Oct 2004
Submitted by Shade
3 Oct 2004

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Agent Announce New Single
Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:02 am

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Vote for Agent
Posted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:13 pm
Vote for Agent to win Best New Band of 2008 on TotalRock Radio.

All year round, New World Order is dedicated to showcasing the best new music and on Monday 22nd Dec 8-10pm (UK time) it will feature the 20 Best New Bands of 2008. But this time, instead of TotalRock DJs Tina & Thekla picking the playlist - you choose.

To vote for us to be featured on the show and to get our track played, send them an email to [email protected] with NWO 2008 Agent in the subject line and whatever pleading message you want to include in the body, by 9am on Thursday 18th December.

And don't forget to tune in to the show to see whether we win! Mon 22nd Dec (8-10pm UK time) at www.totalrock.com

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Agent March Shows
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:32 pm
Agent are happy to announce the following dates for March shows:

10 Mar 2007 - Rock Festival - Tahora
22 Mar 2007 - Valve - Wellington
23 Mar 2007 - Jetset Lounge - Christchurch
24 Mar 2007 - Refuel - ALL AGES - Dunedin
24 Mar 2007 - Refuel - R18 - Dunedin
30 Mar 2007 - Basement Bar - New Plymouth

Please add these dates to your planners and/or gig guides and hope to catch you at one of these shows!

Also check out the CD giveaway on the official agent fan site www.myspace.com/agentfansunite


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July 7th GIG
Posted: Wed Jul 5, 2006 12:19 pm
JigSaw Music Presents:
Transported @ Hysteria

July 7th
Hysteria Bar
K Road

Doors Open At 9.00PM

$10.00 PLUS limited CD of the bands playing that night.

Brutally Frank





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hiatus EP
Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 5:29 pm
what are your thoughts, personally i think its bloody awesome.

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Agent EP Release
Posted: Mon Feb 16, 2004 5:37 pm
A limited edition of Agent's debut EP, 'The Pheng Nom Shakedown EP' has been released with new artwork and 'The Pheng Nom Shakedown' video on the end.

Contact [email protected] for your copy now ($15)! Selling very fast!

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Agent Through to 'Naki Regional Final
Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 7:57 am
Agent make it though to Battle of Bands Taranaki/Manawatu regional final! Good crowd, good sound, great night - big cheers to everyone that made the effort to come along!

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Video to be recorded at Agent gig
Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 5:27 pm
Alright trend setters - step right up! Not only are Agent playing at The Mill (New Plymouth - full details on the muzic.net.nz gig guide) with local band Fusion Inc and Wellingtonians Loki and Pierced, but the entire Agent live set will be filmed to be used as footage in the upcoming 'Pheng Nom Shakedown' video.

So get down to The Mill on 4 July for a great night of entertainment, music and the chance to wave at your Mum on the TV.

Support your local bands!!

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Agent Live In You Living Room
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2003 5:28 pm
Date: Monday 16 June
Time: 8pm onwards

Agent will be coming at you nice and loud on 92.3 The Most FM with Wazza's show 'Loud In You Living Room'!

The show includes an hour's set of live-to-air Agent, followed by Wazza's Q&A session with the boys.

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