California doesn't know how lucky it is. It's been home to some of the greatest guitar groups the earth has ever seen and it's little surprise that Los Angeles is the epicenter of this dynamic music magic. Somethings don't change either, and the latest group to catch the attention of Third Outing is the one, the only, Tempest Le Mans. We spoke to the Californian viola-wielding front man Nathan Castiel to make some sense of this new sound. Third introduces...
Tempest Le Mans...
Was an old Pontiac muscle car from the 50s/60s. A few years ago, I saw one driving and thought it was a cool name so I started using it for demos. Anytime I tell someone the name Tempest Le Mans, I have to repeat it 2 or 3 times before it starts sounding like actual words and not just a mush of syllables. It definitely works better on paper, but for reference, the phonetic spelling is "tem-pist luh mahnz." I should get business cards printed. I think I have an Office Depot gift card somewhere.
Paul's song? Paul is...
A good friend of mine and played drums on the song. When we were writing it, I had the hardest time coming up with a good title so we started calling it Paul's Song just to lightly annoy him. Then it was like a few days before the song was gonna come out and we still didn't have a decent title so Paul's Song stuck.
It has nothing to do with Paul.
To describe Tempest is...
Impossible for me because I never set out to write a certain type of song, though I'd definitely say we make pop music. I really like the idea, which has been a staple of pop music forever, of disguising sad narratives in catchy hooks and melodies. If I could make a record that mixes the loose Lo-Fi apathy of Pavement with the over-the-top ambition of ELO, I feel like Tempest will have served it's purpose.
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It's a real grown up sound which comes from Tempest Le Mans. Almost like a group who have been together for years, lived through all of their crazy Rock and Roll antics, and have settled back down to their own brand of relaxing guitar strums. Paul's Song is this, totally. A relaxed guitar anthem of love and life, and what romantic anthem isn't complete without a little saxophone solo either, huh?
Paul's Song is the first Tempest Le Mans release since 2015's Four Songs and it must be said that Castiel has since developed his style. In 2015, what seemed more like a homage to great bands of the past (except for the fantastic A Lamb), The Beatles for example, Castiel has since developed his and the band's music into a sound of Tempest Le Mans. The one, the only, Tempest Le Mans. And it's this new and original maturity, with an added bit of bounce, which will make Paul's Song the perfect place for the band to start thinking about what is going to come next.
Next? Next what? But they've only just released this, you say. Yes, and now it's time to hear what's coming next. Our challenge to Tempest Le Mans, should they choose to accept it, of course, is to create the Tempest Le Mans EP which we can review and define purely as them. Paul's Song showcases a great potential style which the band could really make their own. They know how to tell the stories, disguise the sad narratives in the fun hooks, and even successfully conquer the saxophone solo! Show us more, prove you're the one, the only, Tempest Le Mans.