9 February, Oxford Art Factory

Last night I attended a show at Oxford Art Factory. It was there that I witnessed the first ever headline slot for Timi Temple, at his Where Did the Good Guy Go? single launch.

I hadn’t attended OAF in a long time – a place I used to frequent between ages 18-21. However, it was as soon as I walked through the door that I remembered what a cool little venue it is. The set-up is great, the constant sea of good-looking people is a sight to behold and the intimacy of The Gallery makes it the perfect place for any rock show.

Having missed the first support act, the first band I saw on the stage was Jermango Dreaming. I found myself being genuinely intrigued by the group, all of whom appeared as if they belonged to five different bands. However, their differing looks and fashion senses gave them this extra level of charm and intrigue that I truly enjoyed. This mixed with their psychedelic pop-influenced sound was a genuine treat to listen to.

Finally, it was time for Timi Temple to take the stage.

One telling sign of any great live performance in my personal experience, is an artist who demands all of my attention. Timi Temple’s performance made me forget about my surroundings and genuinely made me immersed in his performance alone.

I didn’t know any of the songs before I walked through the door – though he’s a familiar face from his other hat as Kilter’s guitarist – however through his interaction with the crowd, the band’s tight instrumentation and his memorable vocal melodies, it felt like these were songs I was very much familiar with. I even found myself questioning if songs such as Sands Of Time were covers as they were memorable enough to give me a sense of familiarity upon my first listen. I was sure to familiarise myself further with his body of work when I searched him on Spotify on my bus ride home – that’s always a good sign.

Where Did the Good Guys Go?, the single being launched, was yet another example of Timi Temple’s talent not only as a live performer but also as a songwriter. I genuinely had a great time with every song that was played and never felt myself checking the time and wondering when the show would finish.

Finally and perhaps most notably, the thing that stuck with me most about Timi Temple’s show was his humility. Even from a few rows back I could tell just how happy and thankful he was to be sharing his music with a room full of people. I find that too often in rock music these days, many males feel the pressure to act like arrogant fuckwits in order to appear cool. It’s the Oasis effect – though it may have worked for the Britpop legends back in the ’90s, now, it’s a tiring gimmick.

I found it genuinely refreshing to see a talented artist whose ego didn’t overshadow his performance. However, he still was not afraid to engage with the crowd and projected a profound sense of confidence and showmanship throughout. Honestly, he just seemed like a genuinely nice guy.

Timi Temple is a true talent and a genuine pleasure to watch. I highly recommend that anyone get behind this artist as he truly possesses the potential for greatness.