Tenement and Temple is a new folk route for Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie. Monica plays her Martin guitar solid while Johnny creates some organised chaos on his Olympic. Together they weave intimate readings of songs spanning their career with new songs and classics. Monica as singer is well known for her numerous guest appearances, most notably Belle and Sebastian and Snow Patrol but also for her seminal country rock band Thrum and her beautiful Emmy inspired, Smillie produced solo records. Johnny is better known these days for his studio work but is never happier than when playing his guitar and singing harmony to Monica. Their new route is a free,melodic and expansive harmonic domain in which dissonance exist with simple beauty and a sense of mischief wrapped in a cassock of spirituality.
Tenement & Temple’s eponymous debut LP was released on 29th August 2019.
“Album of the year contender from Glasgow’s best kept secret says Joe Whyte falling for the ‘gentle power, mystery and almost spiritual feel’ of the songs.” Louder Than War
"Sublime. An instant classic. Possibly one of the most heart-meltingly beautiful albums of 2019" The Ginger Quiff