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Winter Rocks Festival

The Corporation Sheffield 5.12.15

As a big fan of The Union, I was really looking forward to seeing Peter Shoulder on the second stage and he went down great! Playing a variety of material from his debut album “Feathers and Rain” including “It never Rains” Peter has created a new sound for himself. He even treated us to some new material from his new E.P, as much as I like him as a solo, I hope this isn’t the end for The Union.

Pete Shoulder

The Corporation was now getting busier as the main stage saw The Graveltones next. A duo rock and roll band from London. Starting their set with “Kiss and Fuck Off” and then “Never Gonna Let” The Graveltones have their own bluesy sound with some heavy guitar riffs, showing this off with their final song “Fancy Things”.

Back to the second stage for Falling Red, who never fail to put on a good show. A hell of a journey for these guys from Cumbria in the storm but they made it, and gave it their all! For the crowds just beginning to arrive for the main acts that night they certainly warmed everyone up with a personal favourite “We Escaped A Cult”.

Rozey - Falling Red

Main stage now for Scorpion Child, a five piece from Texas. These guys describe themselves as “heavy acid rock”, and not really knowing what this was, I do now! Their set included “Woman In Black” and “Acid Roulette”. Lead singer Aryn Jonathan Black had an amazing energy on stage, bouncing around and pulling some poses for the camera guys in the pit, by far the most entertaining band so far.

Aryn Black - Scorpian Child

Flip The Pyramid, a four piece from Rotherham and Slovakia. These guys are punk rock, so something a little different to mix up the evening. Unfortunately with the stage times running so close together this was time for me to fuel up and grab some food, so I did miss most of their set but from what I did see and hear they went down well.

SAWF- Flip The Pyramid

Back again to the main stage for Crobot. I first saw these guys at Hard Rock Hell earlier this year and they were a band that stood out for me so I was looking forward to seeing this four piece hard rock band from Pennsylvania again. These guys put on a good show, you could tell they really enjoyed themselves on stage especially with “Welcome to Fat City” and treating us to new song “Easy Money” Brandon bought out the harmonica. Finishing their set with “Fly on the Wall” with Brandon jumping on Chris’s shoulders and Jake the bassist did the whole show in just a pair of grey boxer shorts.

Second stage for Regulus next, another hometown band, a four piece with a groovy stoner rock unique sound. You could tell they really felt at home on stage at the Corporation and had so much fun on now a very packed out stage 2.

The Corporation was now very busy as we had just the top five bands left to play and it was now time for Nonpoint on the main stage. Nonpoint are a metal/heavy rock five piece from America. I was a little unsure of these guys as I’m not a huge fan of metal but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, they were heavier than I would normally like but they were amazing on stage and really got the crowd going and geared up for their friends Fozzy. “Pins and Needles” was one of the crowd favourites and a great cover of Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight” was certainly unique, but it worked really well, I’ll not be able to listen to the original without wanting the Nonpoint twist and sound to it.

Second to last on the second stage was Liberty Lies from the Black Country. A five piece alternative rock band who have toured with Halestorm, Shinedown and Heavens Basement. Belting out “Someone Else” and “Confessions of an Effigy” the crowd were fuelled up and ready for stage 2 headliners, Buffalo Summer.

I got the impression Fozzy was what most people had been waiting for and in true Jericho style, we had the intro “Do You Wanna Start A War” before he came on stage in a great flashing jacket. Fozzy put on an awesome show, lead singer – Chris Jericho is certainly an entertainer! They did a great cover of Abba’s “SOS” and the crowd really did go wild, jumping up and down and singing along. Lead guitarist Rich came out into the crowd, jumped on a box and was wheeled through the crowd back to the stage during “Sandpaper” and at the very end of their final song a Krokus cover of “Eat The Rich”, Jericho jumped into the crowd for a spot of crowd surfing.

Chris Jehrico - Fozzy

Headliners Buffalo Summer were on the second stage up next. A bluesy rock four piece from Swansea. I have seen Buffalo Summer a few times now and they always seem to impress me more every time. A great set to finish the second stage off, including a personal favourite of mine “Down To The River”, a song you can’t help but sing along to even if you’ve never heard it before.

The day’s headliner, The Temperance Movement were next on the main stage to finish what had been a great day of good rock music. The Temperance Movement are a five piece rock n roll band that has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months. They have toured with The Rolling Stones and conquered America touring with Blackberry Smoke. I was so excited to see them back in the UK after what had seemed like a lifetime since I had seen them live. Playing a lot of their old classics “Only Friend”, “Midnight Black” and “Take It Back” but also some new stuff from their new album that’s out very soon including “Battle Lines”, “Three Bullets” and the bands favourite off their new album “Get Yourself Free”. At the end of their set the band attempted to leave the stage but of course, the crowd wanted more and they returned to do an encore which included the popular “Ain’t No Telling”.

Phil Campbell - The Temperance Movement

I had a great day at Winter Rocks, The Temperance Movement are one of my favourite bands and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed them but Fozzy stole the show for me. I would love to catch them again if they come back to the UK. Winter Rocks will be back in 2016 and I hope to see you there!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

The Temperance Movement

at the O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, 20th November 2013. With support from Joshua James.


The Temperance Movement


The Temperance Movement play a no-nonsense brand of blues-rock with the band playing like they’ve been together for far more longer than their short history suggests. The audience are here tonight in this ‘rock’n’roll church’ for a good time and that is what The Temperance Movement delivered by the truck-load.


The Temperance Movement


Lead singer Phil Campbell swaggered onto the stage in his protective layer of faux fur coat and shades and launched into the pure heavyweight rock number ‘Be Lucky’. The Temperance Movement soon showed the full range of talent that they possess. Surefire slow-dance hit ‘Smouldering’ lived up to its name, with the harmonies taking on a more layered, gospel-tinged form, then with the awesome slow burner ‘Pride’ and its big guitar solo leading into the raucous ‘Ain’t No Tellin’.


The Temperance Movement


The bluesy Americana sound of The Temperance Movement makes it feel that the last 40 years never happened, picking up from where the likes of Cream, Free and Zeppelin left off, but with a modern fresh twist to the music that makes your hips move and creates an urge to go back and dig deep into that old record collection. A cracking night of music confirmed there’s a proper rock revival underway and The Temperance Movement are at the forefront.


The Temperance Movement


When you hear people talk about the ‘next big thing’, this is happening now with the Temperance Movement. Go get a copy of their self-titled debut album ‘The Temperance Movement’ and catch them live; you will not be disappointed.


Joshua James


Support this evening was Utah native Joshua James and his band. Rootsy, country-folk offerings were the order of the day with Joshua entrapping you with his soulful voice and heart-felt songs. Focussing just on the music as he ‘doesn’t like to talk much on stage’, every song featured a story with a raw, country attitude with each one warmly received by the crowd.


Joshua James


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 The Temperance Movement

Joshua James

Words and pictures by Stephen Turner

The Temperance Movement

The Temperance Movement Tour Dates

With Support From Piston and Samuel Taylor.

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 26th June 2013.

It’s always a shame when you go to a gig and the majority of people are only there for the headline act of the night. The main issue with this for me is that people miss out on some absolute gems. In this case, people missed out on the opening act of the night, Samuel Taylor.

Originating from Sheffield, Taylor is a singer songwriter currently residing in London Town. Within the first few bars of his opening song, Taylor captivated the unfortunately small crowd. I was blown away by this one guy stood on a stage alone with only his acoustic guitar and harmonica (and a suitcase sporting his name in case anyone forgot) for company. His musical influences were clear for anyone to see as he strummed his way through his honest, genuine songs that screamed Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Bruce Springstein.
As he picked his way through the five tracks off his EP entitled “Some Nobody to Me” (which has now made its way into my own CD collection) no one could deny that this guy has passion and this was reflected in his music. As the tracks unfurled the audience were treated to a musical journey as Taylor told the story of how the songs were a collection of tracks written over the last year or so which gave the crowd an insight to the last twelve months. If you like your music stripped down and heartfelt then Taylor is the musician for you.

Samuel Taylor

Next to take to the stage were local boys, Piston. These five lads dropped the pedal to the metal and took the tempo up several knotches! They even managed to grab the attention away from the bar as the increasing crowd strayed in to hear their blues infused hard rock. Some bands are just born to be rock stars. They’re the kind of bands that take the stage and right from the first song you know you’re seeing a top quality, high energy performance that can barely be contained in the room they’re playing. That is exactly what my first thoughts were as I stood watching Piston. They too were performing songs off their new EP entitled “Playing with Fire” (yet another addition to my playlist). Opening their set with “Dark Angel” the bands gritty blues based rock is well suited to Steve Nunns powerful vocals and the twin screeching guitars of Jack Edwards and Luke Allatt. These guys have an enormous full and fantastic sound.

Steve Nunn - Piston

The guys rocked their way through their set with expert ease playing tracks like” A Hand In Yours”, “Playing With Fire” and “Misery”. Guitarist Jack Edwards never stands still for more than a few seconds as he runs around the stage trading guitar licks with fellow guitarist Allatt while singer Nunn leans into the crowd drawing on the increasing energy from the growing masses. As their set came to a close there was just enough time to play current single off the EP “Proud Mary” a fantastic foot stomper and a crowd pleaser in its own right. Piston are definitely one of my new favourite bands and these guys aren’t going to let up until the entire world knows who they are. Look out world, Piston are coming!


It was going to be tough to follow Pistons set and despite not actually knowing much about the Temperance Movement personally, I was assured by several members of the audience that “if anyone could, they could!” By now the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton was bursting at the seams with Temperance fans. It appears the band have managed to amass quite a following in their relatively short time on the scene and expectations were high. There was definitely an air of excitement coursing through the audience. Not surprising given the band have already supported bands like Rival Sons (a right of passage for bluesy rock bands) and are now playing festivals like Hard Rock Calling.

Nick Fyffe - The Temperance Movement

Their opening track “Be Lucky” had a slight country feel to it, not what you’d expect from a bunch of guys hailing from London/Glasgow. Combine the rich, smooth vocals and swagger of front man Phil Campbell with the riff-oriented guitar work of Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer and you have a melting pot of sound that can’t help but grab your attention.

Paul Sayer - The Temperance Movement

It’s no surprise at how accomplished the band is considering that most of the guys have been session musicians for several other well known acts. Campbells voice continued to shine as they performed “Ain’t No Telling,” and “Only Friend” from their debut EP “Pride”. Even on the classic ballad type tracks like “Pride” and “Lovers and Fighters” Campbells voice was truly amazing. Mix together Rod Stewart, Chris Robinson and Paul Rodgers and you start to get the idea of just how good his vocals are. With their own unique bluesy, soulful rock n roll sound it’s obvious to me now why these guys have gained such a following after a five track EP and I’ll certainly be going to see them again.

The Temperance Movement

In my opinion, this was one of those elusive “I was there” gigs that many of the audience will look back on in years to come.

Words and Photography by Mark at Amplified Gig Photography.