Aztec Temples only formed in late 2014.The band is made up of a group of best friends. Conor Simpson (lead vocals)Shay McDermott (lead guitarist) Lewis Brown (drums) and Tom Dewsbery (bass) . The type of music played is Alternative indie rock with a semi acoustic flavour. Between the four lads , there are quite a few different influences. The lads gain a lot of inspiration from Oasis and Kasabian in terms of structuring songs. Shay is a big Jimi Hendrix fan and was a huge influence for him to pick up guitar and play lead. He also listened to a lot of Black Sabbath when he was younger. In terms of writing lyrics, a big influence for Conor is John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls. After hearing Iris this made Conor want to start writing lyrics. Lewis Brown just loved the idea of playing drums as everybody else seemed to want to play guitar!
2015/16 was Aztec Temples? first year on the scene and it was certainly a successful one. The first ever gig took place in February 2015 and since then, there have been? multiple headline gigs.
Aztec Temples also bagged themselves a place on the ?This Feeling? roster in 2015. ?The UK?s most rock?n?roll night out, a regular haunt of well known faces, & where to see the next big things in advance!?
The start of 2016 went off with a bang with Aztec Temples landing a place in the top 50 of Fred Perry/This Feeling?s ?Big In 2016? list. Please check out the full article below, along with our This Feeling Band page.
The AztecTemples were Awarded Band of the Month by Music in Leicester magazine May 2015 http://www.musicinleicester.co.uk/aztectemples
Aztec Temples then gigged all over the country in 2016/17 including Manchester,Liverpool,Bolton,Leeds,Sheffield,BirminhamNorthallerton,Blythe to name a few,building up a reputation for themselves.
They have performed at the 02 Academy Leicester on several occasions. Plus played had many gigs for THIS FEELING.
The band have regulary supported main artists .
Aztec Temples recently opened up the Simon Says Festival on the main stage at DeMonfort Hall Leicester which was a great honour for the band as one of a few unsigned bands to play at such a prestigious event.
Aztec Temples have and continue to be asked at plat at Festivals such as Tramlines,Fleecetonbury,Kazoopa,Pugstock,Glastonbudget, Phantomfest to name a few.
One of the bands passions is to play charity gigs on a regular basis. The Aztec Temples have played for MAH Musicians Against Homelessness all over the country and will due to this year with one in Nottingham and another gig for Autism in Melton Mowbray already pencilled in.
The Lads music has been played on Radio Leicester and BBC Introducing plus on numerous radio stations up and down the country incorporating band interviews.