This Temperance Movement article was written by Steven Loftin, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.
The past two years have seen genres that were once considered stale coming to the forefront, such as Savages with their post-punk snarl. No genre should be forgotten or hidden away in music, and with all the talent in the industry there are always new faces that can either put a new twist on an old sound or they can become facsimiles, which isn’t necessarily a band thing. What The Temperance Movement, on record, are doing for blues rock is more so the latter than the former. But live, that’s where they come to life and show us what makes a great rock n roll show.
Leading man Phil Campbell is the focal point of the show. His enthusiasm and movement is reminiscent of ‘Exile on Mainstream’ era Mick Jagger. He brings the performance to life as the band behind him go through each track with the professionalism of a session band, and the motive of starving artists.
The fully packed out crowd enjoy every moment, including the potential new material they introduce us to. They love and respond to what they’re seeing; it’s a chance for the majority of the crowd to witness something they may have not seen before or just miss, and that is pure, unbridled rock and roll performed by fellow appreciators and lovers. What The Temperance Movement are doing here is creating a British twist on an American staple. What is everyday on the highways of the midwestern states is a welcome change to these melancholic British streets.
At times Campbell appears to orchestrate the crowd with his movements, swinging his arms and marching around the stage. Though the rest of the band don’t move with the same complete enthusiasm, that’s not to say they aren’t enthused at all, this is a good thing. They keep the songs moving, expertly executing near studio renditions, when this is coupled with Campbell and his approach, it makes for a perfect performance. Too much of one could lead to a complete mess, too much of the other could be considered boring. It’s a perfect match.
With the room becoming more stifled and showing no signs of losing its momentum, the bands set continues on with incident or issue. It’s a show that is certainly a pleasant watch that gives exactly as advertised and doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.