The Temperance Movement
- 26 Jul Holmfirth Picturedrome
The Temperance Movement is a rich, deep blend of crafted harmonies, laconic rock n roll
swagger and earthy, folk tinged, very British influences.
Formed with the simplest of intentions, determined to play the kind of music that displayed
honesty and integrity, the band is centred around the vulnerable grit of Glaswegian vocalist
Phil Campbell and the organic interplay of guitarists Paul Sayer and Luke Potashnick. The
Temperance Movement sound takes in smooth introspection ('Pride'), rock n roll strut ('Only
Friend') and lovelorn defiance ('Lovers and Fighters').
The band's debut, self titled album, is an authentic collection of songs that possesses a warm,
homely sound that does away with studio trickery and instead embraces a lively, upfront
atmosphere that gives songs like 'Take It Back' an everyman feel. Instruments and voices
have room to breathe and leave space for you to take the music for what it is - honest, soulful
Preferring the understated detail in favour of the overblown cliche, the rhythm section of
bassist Nick Fyffe and drummer Damon Wilson underpin the tension in up tempo rabble
rousers like 'Midnight Black' and country style sing-a-long 'Know for Sure'.
Armed with only a five track EP titled 'Pride' (released in 2012), The Temperance Movement
immediately found a receptive audience among lovers of sincere, straightforward openness.
Word of the band's unpretentious live shows spread quickly and led to their first official UK tour
selling out. A fifteen date tour of Sweden produced a similar result, with fans responding to the
inclusive nature of the band's approach to live performances, inviting an atmosphere of
togetherness instead of pomposity and egotism.
When Campbell opens his heart on 'Chinese Lanterns' and 'Smouldering' a new depth to the
band reveals itself, where pure spirit triumphs over every knock back and sucker punch. The
multipart bittersweet harmonies on 'Pride' and the laid back sunny day optimism of 'Be Lucky'
offer a simplicity that is the key to The Temperance Movement's appeal - a British blues
explosion not trying too hard be anything other than what they are - honest rock n roll with a
pastoral, natural, feel good approach.
The album (released in September 2013) debuted at an impressive Number 12 in the UK
National Charts and earned them the prestigious award for ‘Best New Band’ at the Classic Rock
Awards. Rounding off the year in style the band scooped the Number 1 slot on Music Week
Presents Best New Talent 2013 chart. Since then the band have gone from strength to
strength, completing sold out tours of the UK (including London dates at Koko and Shepherd's
Bush Empire), Europe and winning over legions of fans including Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy
It is a summer of frolicking on the finest festival stages including Download, Rock Werchter, T
in the Park and Belladrum, to name but a few, before the band return to touring duties in the
Autumn touring Europe and the UK including their biggest show to date at London’s Forum.