The concept of “skate-rock” has been around for many years, but it has never been embodied as well as on ‘Temples’, the 2016 album by Melbourne’s Holy Serpent. While the band members are just casual skateboarders themselves, one might be tempted to think that skating has subtly influenced the band’s sound. Not only in the elements of ’70s hard rock crossed with punk values and energy. No, the music itself is like riding a skateboard: slow grooving passages can shift on a dime into fast thrill-ride riffs. There’s an exhilarating freedom of movement and unpredictability to the sound, as there is to skating.