The modern alternative rock crew known as Bronston have released their latest official single, “Temples & Mines.” The track has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Bringing powerful guitars, sweeping harmonies and a balanced dose of swagger, “Temples & Mines” showcases Bronston as one of the most intriguing modern alternative rock artists of the year so far and promises that they have plenty more where that came from.
Scotland’s Bronston cite as main artistic influences Foals and Queens of the Stone Age, but fans of bands like Arctic Monkeys and Tame Impala will also find more than enough meat on the bone in “Temples…” Bronston’s own sound takes elements from each of these and blends them into a result likely to please both audiophiles who like carefully plotted composition and carefree fans of radio-friendly pop rock alike. With an emphasis on songwriting, emotional draw and straight-up precision performance, “Temples & Mines” by Bronston has a little something for everybody.
Having worked with Rod Jones (Idlewild) on their first two releases of 2019 – ‘Leaving Utopia’ and ‘Burnt Snakes’ – the band went on to release their self-produced ‘I’m Still A Fool’ at the end of the year. Now they are back, bigger and better than ever. Thanks to a new and thriving working relationship with A-list producer Luke Bovill, Bronston say they’re confident releasing the most personal music of their career to date.
“‘Temples & Mines’ is a song about the struggle of managing your mental health,” writes singer Adam Campbell, “finding ways to keep on top of the challenges that life brings, and maintaining focus on the good things that motivate you to persevere through bad times. Sometimes when negative feelings start to hit you, it’s possible to notice what’s happening and take steps to break that downward spiral.”
That spiral and its remedy lie at the heart of their new single.
“You do something that gets the blood pumping, or you do something that gets the brain firing, or maybe you blow off some steam,” Campbell says. “The upbeat verse sections of ‘Temples…’ tell the story of that empowering feeling that comes from fighting to get through dark times and knowing that you made the decisions to overcome what made you want to give up.”
Ultimately, it’s a story of empowerment stemming from recognizing one’s inner strength.
“Knowing that you can choose to embrace the challenges of life and that you can get to a better place is powerful,” writes Campbell.
Campbell wrote the song during a time of “little structure” in his life, Bronston’s current official bio says, a time when he began: “to realise that he had to start taking charge of his own problems and start taking responsibility for making a positive difference to the world. He was beginning to see value in things he previously had not seen value in. He was realising that the structures, routines, and habits that come from Temples (people’s places of worship, places of enjoyment, or places of peace) and Mines (places of work) can have a profoundly positive impact on a person.”
Campbell didn’t have either temples or mines as such, but he worked toward them using tools in himself he was only beginning to understand, the “little things that helped keep me sane through it all.” He has said that all his greatest achievements have come since writing this song, but that the hardest periods of his life have come since, as well. Temples & Mines captures that balance. Ultimately the dark side of this song wins out over the light, but it also conveys that while “Temples…” was being written, depression and anxiety were still winning more often than not.
There is a lot more to come from Bronston who are more ready than they have ever been to expose their vulnerabilities to the world in 2020. This is the first taste of a new animal.
Bronston are Adam Campbell on vocals and guitar, James Callaghan on backing vocals and bass, and Mark Hennys on drums and percussion.
“Temples & Mines” by Bronston is available from quality digital-music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, modern alternative rock fans.
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