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Red Temple Spirits

Formed in early 1987, Los Angeles quartet Red Temple Spirits skillfully mixed tribal post-punk influences such as mid-period Cure and fellowCalifornians Savage Republic, with a loving dose of lysergic psychedelia, early Pink Floyd and Roky Erickson being particular touchstones.The latter’s song “Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)” inspired the band’s name. Brilliant guitarist and Alabama native Dallas “Spartacus”Taylor and bassist Dino Paredes (a former UCLA philosophy major of Apache ancestry) coaxed entrancing drones and pulses from theirinstruments with judicious use of echo ...read more

Formed in early 1987, Los Angeles quartet Red Temple Spirits skillfully mixed tribal post-punk influences such as mid-period Cure and fellowCalifornians Savage Republic, with a loving dose of lysergic psychedelia, early Pink Floyd and Roky Erickson being particular touchstones.The latter’s song “Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)” inspired the band’s name. Brilliant guitarist and Alabama native Dallas “Spartacus”Taylor and bassist Dino Paredes (a former UCLA philosophy major of Apache ancestry) coaxed entrancing drones and pulses from theirinstruments with judicious use of echo and other effects, layered atop Thomas Pierik’s skillful drumming, while shamanistic frontman WilliamFaircloth (a colorful immigrant from Britain’s original Sixties psychedelic movement) delved into mysticism (Native American on the first album,Tibetan on the second) with a grace and passion rarely seen before, complimented by his distinctively tremulous pagan wail. Red Temple Spiritssoon developed a large and extremely devoted cult fanbase on the West Coast, converted by their stunning concerts at California clubs (LimboLounge, The Krypt, Lectisternium), often paired with compatriots Savage Republic, where their music’s hallucinogenic aura was amplified by theshaking of rattles, the scent of incense, and the glow of fluorescent body paint on bead and loincloth-clad bodies. « hide

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