The Temperance Movement article was written by Al Hall, a GIGsoup contributor
The wait is over for fans of British blues rockers The Temperance Movement, as the band announces January 15th 2016 as the worldwide release date for their second full-length album.
The album, entitled “White Bear”, has been eagerly anticipated following the success of the band’s eponymous debut, released in 2013. Since then The Temperance Movement has been touring almost non-stop, including several dates in support of The Rolling Stones in summer 2014.
According to singer Phil Campbell, the album’s title was inspired by Daniel Wenger’s study of “mindfulness and the controlling of unwanted thoughts, testing a quote from Dostoevsky’s ‘Winter Notes on Summer Impressions:’ ‘Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute’”. Guitarist Paul Sayer adds that the length of time the band spent on the road allowed them time to develop a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve with their second album, and that “White Bear is a real step on for us sonically and artistically”.
This sonic progression is evident in lead single “Three Bulleits”, which is available now. In a way, however, the song is disappointing. Whilst it retains Campbells distinctive vocal style, the heavy, fuzzy guitar tone would sound much more at home in a Black Keys’ song, and the whole arrangement is missing the raw and irreverent feel that made the band’s first offering so refreshing.
That said, there is no doubting the band’s skill and creative ability, and only time will tell if “White Bear” will live up to the standard set by its predecessor.