Review Revue: A.C. Temple – Songs of Praise

A.C. Temple

Usually it’s not hard for me to find music somewhere online by the bands covered here in Review Revue, no matter how obscure. If I’ve never heard them before, it helps give me some context, and if I have, it’s a good refresher. A.C. Temple, however, is proving tricky. Aside from the odd (very odd) YouTube video, there’s really not much out there to listen to, at least from the era of Songs of Praise, their first album. Suffice it to say they were a band for six years, put out four albums, and went through drummers, guitarists and bassists like Kleenex. From the KCMU side, this is an interesting one in that most of the reviews are negative/dismissive, yet the album seems to have made it at least up to Medium rotation. Somebody was digging it (K.F.?), I’m just not sure who.

“Strongly influenced by Sonic Youth but, it pales in comparison to SY’s finer moments. This has some good ideas, but the songs drag on and the production gives the record a one-dimensional feel.”

“Up to M. For starters.”

“You’re right homeboy!”

“This is very weak and dull to boot.”

“Would you rather boot something sharp, like a razor or a pencil?”

“Your head.”

“‘There’s a syndrome going around here.'”

“Mind you don’t fall into it.”

“This is really excellent! Very loud, rich & intense. A beautiful discordance.”

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