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Gypsy Temple has a singular mission: grab alt-rock by the collar and drag it into the waiting arms of a new generation. The Seattle group’s debut album King Youngblood, is a bold declaration that unironic, melodic rock’n’roll continues to stand tall as a vibrant medium of self-expression. Poised to be a historically important piece of art, the album, delivered by lead vocalist and principal writer, Cameron Lavi-Jones is well beyond his 20 years. A record that reflects the band’s undeniable energy and truth, King Youngblood is here to bring euphoric sonic catharsis to the masses.
Though Gypsy Temple’s members are all freshly out of their teens, the execution matches the ambition; the band’s thoughtful, dynamic songs are fit for the stadium. All classically trained musicians that came up through public school music programs, Lavi-Jones and bandmates Cory Cavazos, Martin Creed, Kai Hill, Hamoon “Moon” Milaninia, and Martin Creed teamed up with Maurice Jones Jr. (Neville Brothers, Peter Gabriel) and multi-platinum producer Phillip Peterson (A$AP Rocky, Portugal the Man, Pink) to craft an undeniably arresting debut LP.
Gypsy Temple is currently in the studio recording their next album with one of the biggest rock music producers in the world-Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age). Their studio drummer is Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. Seattle is handing their rock and roll torch to Gypsy Temple. History in the making.
Gypsy Temple is as committed to activism as they are to music. The band is openly and deeply involved with the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). “The song ‘Up Becomes Down’ was written about a dear friend who was going through a hard time dealing with gender issues coupled with depression. ‘Whenever Up Becomes Down’ / I will always be here holding your crown” explains Lavi-Jones. Gypsy Temple formed their own projected called "Hold Your Crown" to partner with NAMI. As a result, NAMI has enlisted Gypsy Temple as the face of their youth outreach program "End the Silence" at the national and regional level.
This is from the same band, who in the fall of November 2018, received a grant from the League of Women Voters to perform for students from over 80 high schools, registering over 3,200 new voters.