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Thursday 15 August 2019

Tenement & Temple

Tenement & Temple are an acoustic duo from Glasgow.namely Monica Queen and Johnnie Smillie formerly of Thrum fame and currently members of the Gracious Losers.

The ethereal voiced Monica also enjoyed a solo career and collaborated with a number of bands including Belle & Sebastian where she provided vocals on Lazy Line Painter. I'm pretty sure I saw her perform at King Tuts as a support act to someone many moons ago.

Their eponymous album is a thing of beauty. Ten tracks , nine of which are their own with the final track being a cover of Blue Moon
Available to buy on their own Thrum Records over at bandcamp
If you buy a physical copy of the CD it comes in a lovely cardboard eco sleeve along with a personalised thank you card from the band.

You know what to do.


  1. Have you heard Monica Queen's album, Ten Sorrowful Mysteries, I think you would like it. Her voice has always reminded me of Maria McKee's.

  2. I was only extolling the virtues of Thrum to a friend a couple of days ago. Completely unaware of Tenement & Temple CC - thanks for the heads up.

    1. They are not quite as thrashy as Thrum Swede!