The Temperance Movement start the year in style with their sophomore album, White Bear, breaking into the Top 20 of the Official UK Album Chart.
A packed crowd at the O2 Academy was in attendance to see The Temperance Movement on a blustery school night in Newcastle. It didn’t take long for the crowd to thaw out with the Canadian five-piece, The Sheepdogs, opening the show with a superb set of retro, blues rock proving to us all why they deserved to the first unsigned band to make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
The band’s set, largely taken from their latest album, Future Nostalgia, included their latest single, “I’m Gonna Be Myself,” and an epic rendition of “Help Us All” with Shamus Currie featured on trombone. The band conjure up images of the Allman Brothers with some wonderful twin guitar harmonies on tracks like “Take A Trip” and “How Late, How Long.” There’s a certain degree of warmth in their music which makes you think about summer festival season.
As The Temperance Movement take the stage, it is clear they mean business. The band blasts through a triple whammy of “Three Bulleits,” “Oh Lorraine,” and “Midnight Black.”
“You guys are going for it out there,” quips front man Phil Campbell who covers every inch of the stage with his Jagger-esque moves. The band’s set sees them playing the lion’s share of White Bear with all but one track from the new album. They still had room for old favourites like “Pride” and “Be Lucky.”
The band slowed down proceedings with a beautiful rendition of “Smouldering,” which Campbell dedicates to all the lasses. They follow with a special acoustic reworked airing of “White Bear.” The guitar partnership between Paul Sayer and new boy, Matt White, seems to be working well as they trade licks during “Only Friend,” the crowd hanging on every word.
One thing which is apparent with The Temperance Movement’s new album is that a lot of the tracks seem to have a much bigger production than their debut release. This is reflected in their choice of set closers with the heartfelt, atmospheric “I Hope I’m Not Losing My Mind” and the rather massive “A Pleasant Peace I Feel” kicking off their encore. The night is brought to a close with “Lovers and Fighters,” which concludes with a nice bluesy jam.
The Temperance Movement are fast becoming one of Britain’s favourite bands. They are pure, raw, unadulterated rock n’ roll at it’s best.