If travel broadens the mind, then it’s little wonder London-based five-piece Tempesst have such a wild, freewheeling approach. Colour-laden, chemical-drenched psych-pop/rock with folk overtones, the band’s wild sound and sweet melodies are a rejection of the mundane, continually grasping towards the universal.
Lead singer Toma Banjanin and drumming brother Andy grew up in the tiny Australian town of Noosa, as picturesque as it was conservative. “It was this small town where for better or so worse you weren’t really exposed to anything else outside of what is socially projected upon you,” he recalls. “I suppose it is easy to embrace an exploratory energy when you’re from a small town.”
Travelling across the United States and ending up in London, the duo formed Tempesst – alongside guitarist Eric Weber, and fellow Australian exiles Blake Misipeka (bass), and Kane Reynolds (keys).The devoutly independent project draws on almost four years worth of material, a time when the five-piece were searching for each other, and for a certain sound. A glorious, inspired, sunshine mesh, the material on the first four-track release owed a debt to that classic West Coast lineage – Crosby, Stills & Nash for example – alongside more modern wayfarers such as Damien Jurado.
Released at the end of last year, their second EP ‘Doomsday’ was a huge surge forward into uncharted waters. The full EP was written, recorded, and mixed in a matter of weeks and received support from Spotify, Deezer, Apple, Earmilk, Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Radio 6 and Radio1’s Jack Saunders.
Having recently built their own recording studio in an abandoned warehouse in East London, the band now have a space to continue building on their ever-expanding ambitions. Singer Banjanin says, “It’s a cool little complex. We’ve got two rooms that we’re keeping for ourselves to write and record in. We want to write and record an album per year, and keep releasing as much music as we possibly can.”
Tempesst are currently in the process of writing their debut record, set for release in February 2020.