Album Review: THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – The Temperance Movement




Earache [Release date – 16.09.13]

There is a lot of industry buzz around The Temperance Movement at the moment with the guys gaining plenty of airplay across the country and great live reviews appearing in the press. This debut album then has a lot to live up to and it manages to hit the mark with style.

Quality blues laden rock is what is on offer here with a lot of influence from the deep south of the good ol’ US of A. The obvious comparison is with the Black Crowes as the guys have the same attitude, swagger and soul to their sound that the Robinson brothers have infused in their music for years. Opening track ‘Only Friend’ starts things off in rocking fashion whith some great guitar work from Paul Sayer and Luke Potashnick which is a feature on all tracks.

One thing that sets the band apart though is the vocal delivery from Glaswegian vocalist Phil Campbell who has a rich and soulful voice which has just the right amount of gravelly edge to it to suit both the quieter tracks like ‘Lovers And Fighters’, all out rockers such as ‘ Take It Back’ and current single ‘Midnight Black’.

The Temperance Movement may not be the most original band to emerge in the last few years, however, what they do they do well with a lot of heart and soul. Whether their early promise and hype will manifest itself into a glittering career only time will tell, with this album though they have a solid launch pad to work from.  ***1/2

David Wilson

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On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

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JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)

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