Tonight was always going to be a special night, back in Manchester for the first time since The Temperance Movement (TTM) won “Best New Band” at the planet rock awards and also the last night of their current tour. What we didn’t realize was that this was also their 100th show of an extremely success year which Phil (Campbell) announced during their set and to top it all they were filming parts of the show so hopefully we will all get to see it again soon.
Support slot went to Joshua James who we had seen at the Stoke gig the previous week. Hailing from Utah they delivered a great set of Rock influenced American Neofolk tracks with Joshua’s clear haunting voice and stage presence lifting the music and giving it an extremely likeable sound.
Touring his latest album “Well Then I’ll Go To Hell” he certainly gathered a lot of new fans from the current tour. Highlight track for me tonight was “Queen of the City” from his 2012 album “From The Top Of Willamette Mountain”.
The Temperance Movement, as I mentioned, were playing their 100th gig of the year which has taken them from small venues and relatively unknown in the general music scene to being voted Best New Band and releasing their debut album, it seems this could be the last tour where we see them at small venues!
As show time arrived the venue was at full capacity, as like all the other shows it was sold out weeks before the tour. The band came out to a wild and enthusiastic crowd and they kicked straight into “Be Lucky”, “Midnight Black” and “Morning Riders” then followed by “Smouldering” and Chinese Lanterns”, these tracks show the range of talent they have with the up-tempo riffs being complemented by the raw and rough vocals.
As the set continued we basically were treated to the entire album and the fun continued right to the end when the guys from Joshua James joined them on stage for the funky sounding “Know For Sure”.
Did we want an encore! There was no way they were going to get away without playing one! So out they came and finished off with “Take it Back” and then the moving “Lovers and Fighters” an awesome end to an awesome night.
We chatted to Nick after the show and commented on the fact that they really looked to be enjoying tonight’s set and this came over in the performance which he agreed with. Roll on the next tour due Spring 2014 and let’s hope we get tickets as they will sell out quick.
TTM Setlist: Be Lucky, Midnight Black, Morning Riders, Smouldering, Chinese Lanterns, Only Friend, Pride, Aint no telling, Serenity, Know For Sure. Encore: Take It Back, Lovers and Fighters
Review and photos by Simon Dunkerley
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