The UK punk rock trio from Birmingham, TEMPLETON PEK, have recently finished recording their forthcoming album "Signs" in the States with producer Shep Goodman. The album is due for release on 29th April on Century Media Records.
The band comments: "We are beyond excited to finally announce the release of our brand new album "Signs." Predominantly recorded last year in New York USA with Producer Shep Goodman (Four Years Strong, Bayside), and also featuring two tracks from our UK sessions with Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME). It's a collection of songs that we feel perfectly represents our sound and us for both familiar ears to the band and new audiences alike."
"Signs" will immediately resonate with people that are no strangers with TEMPLETON PEK's sound. Comparisons can and will be drawn to the likes of Rise Against, Funeral For A Friend, Story Of The Year, or even the early days of the Foo Fighters galvanized with influences from the 90's Fat Wreck and So-Cal movements. The new album is a blatant in-your-face display of TEMPLETON PEK's confidence in their art and their unapologetic belief in what they do.
TEMPLETON PEK spent the summer of 2011 supporting USA giants Rise Against across Europe and appearing alongside Good Charlotte and Bullet for My Valentine at major festivals. The band signed to Century Media Records and headed into Modern World Studios with producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers /Bullet For My Valentine) to create their EP "Slow Down For Nothing" which was released in 2012 and was supported with live dates alongside SUM 41 and Four Year Strong.
The band has already debuted the single "What Are You Waiting For" from this EP. To listen to the track, head over to Century Media's official YouTube: http://youtu.be/ANx6gk8ZmPk
Fans can expect touring in support of the album in 2013 and beyond. Some European summer festival appearances have also been announced. So stay tuned, full touring schedule announcement coming soon!
Since this industrious unit’s inception back in early 2008, TEMPLETON PEK have certainly made a name for themselves as a seasoned touring outfit, racking up impressive supports with the likes of Mindless Self Indulgence, Pennywise, Bad Religion, Rise Against, Funeral For A Friend, Killswitch Engage, Taking Back Sunday, No Use For A Name, All Time Low, Zebrahead, Millencolin and Story Of The Year. In a little over two years, they’ve bagged arena shows on Taste Of Chaos and Give It A Name Tours and relentlessly headlined shows throughout the UK and Europe. Last year they also toured with Epitaph’s Welsh crew The Blackout, spanning the depths of Luxembourg, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Rep, Switzerland and Belgium.
TEMPLETON PEK’s debut album “No Association”, unleashed during the winter of 2008, garnered much critical acclaim, gathering famous fans along the way including Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) quoting the album as “an excellent album…razor sharp nuggets.” The band also enjoyed expansive media coverage from the likes of MTV2, Scuzz, Kerrang! Radio, XFM, BBC 6music, Rocksound, Big Cheese, SLAM! and Kerrang! Magazine.
The band’s eagerly awaited second album, “Scratches & Scars” raised the bar both musically and lyrically. With driving rhythms and almost effortlessly woven punk-rock melodies, the three-piece have produced an album of boundless sincerity packed with punchy riffs and peppered with alluring hooks, all set against a modern-day backdrop. From the anthemic and fiercely rhythmic first single “Barriers” which racked up Record Of The Week on Kerrang! Radio, to the bone crushing melodic hardcore beatings of “Made To Waste”, through to the innovate dynamism and astute guile of “Red_Lights_Flash” (which is also featured on the Colin McCrae: Dirt 2 game soundtrack alongside the likes of Biffy Clyro, Queens Of the Stone Age and You Me At Six), “Scratches & Scars” is a clear statement of intent fuelled by a candid and earnest driving DIY ethos. Recorded, written and produced solely by the band, it’s evident that the progressive trio are not manufactured, are not dictated to for how they should sound, and strive with integrity towards uncharted pathways.
“Slow Down For Nothing” (EP):
Signs: The first song we wrote post “Scratches & Scars” sessions. A great summary of the band with cross sections of different styles which gives a good taste of what we are about. Theme-wise; The song is about looking forward and not clinging to the past, a theme that resonates throughout this EP, as we feel it’s a real transition for us.
What Are You Waiting For: We knew straight away that this song would work well with real strings. It turned out better than we expected, very epic. For us this is the most radio friendly song on the EP, and again has quite a few styles in there including an uplifting middle eight. This song is about having patience and picking your battles to win the war. Sometimes you need to lose to win.
Clarity: A powerful anthem of taking control of your own destiny and moving onwards beyond doubt, this song translates great live.
Call To Disarm: A strong opening riff and pacey feel with a nice breakdown section before unleashing to the end. This song is about making your own luck and not waiting or relying on someone to do your work for you.
Conflict In Memory: This song is about how different people percieve the same thing. Everyone’s recollections are their own. A very anthemic chorus breaks up a viscious verse accompanied by some haunting strings.
"Scratches & Scars" Reviews:
"Scratches & Scars sways between earnest mid-pacers and fired up, faster numbers that spring forth with a cross to bear and a point to prove." KERRANG! MAGAZINE
"A high-octane affair rammed to the gills with soaring vocal melodies, unshakeable choruses and relentless energy…Templeton Pek are proving one of Britain's brightest prospects. Don't let this pass you by. " METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE
"All punk rock spirit and modern rock heft, these meaty tunes are destined to inspire a million raised fists and bursting lungs." ROCK SOUND MAGAZINE
"Arguably seen as the UK's answer to US punk bands Green Day and Sum 41…Templeton Pek have some amazingly catchy tunes…. energetic, melodic punk music that works well and they deserve a lot more recognition." BIG CHEESE MAGAZINE
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