at the O2 Academy 2, Birmingham, 20th November 2013. With support from Joshua James.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Words and pictures by Stephen Turner