The Trouble With Templeton


(Mgm); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Brisbane’s The Trouble With Templeton have been wowing ever greater numbers of people since commencing a fairly hectic touring schedule for the past 12 months.

Essentially a vehicle for singer/songwriter Thomas Calder, the band was created after he initially achieved some success with his home recorded mini album, Bleeders, but the sound on this is as assured and self confident as if the unit had been together for years.

The songs traverse the pop world but do so while covering a range of styles, moods and sonic palettes. They’re not instantly catchy but they do creep up on you so that by the end of the album you’re tempted to play the whole thing over again.

Lyrically, some pretty dark corners are explored, with insane asylums (Lint), nightmare children’s birthday parties (Soldiers) and hospitals (Flowers In Bloom) providing some really interesting perspectives on the ways of the world.

Calder’s voice is spectacular and the blend blends together beautifully to create some wondrous gardens of sound for the songs to thrive in.
And with TV, radio and APRA all queuing up to praise them, it looks like their stars will be burning bright for a while to come.

There is much talent on our doorstep and The Trouble With Templeton are right up there with the cream of the new crop.

Discover and enjoy.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.