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British Rockers With a Throwback Sound


The Temperance Movement, 2013

Some of the greatest rock bands in the history of the genre have hailed from the U.K. Greats like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple emerged in the 60s and dominated the 70s. It seems, though, that there has been a lack of rock ‘n’ rollers’ come from across the pond in recent years – until now. The Temperance Movement released their debut album in America not too long ago and these twelve songs give British rock the swift kick in the ass it has been missing for quite some time. So who exactly are these guys?

The Temperance Movement is a five piece rock band that can make you feel like you traveled back in time to the 1970s. Vocalist Phil Campbell has a raspy voice full of soul and passion that leads the way for the bands brash sound and style. Campbell’s charismatic presence on stage will demand the attention of everyone int he room, showing what a rock ‘n’ roll front man is supposed to be. The guitar duo of  Paul Sayer and Luke Potashnick make the for perfect combination  with Campbell’s vocals. With songs full of catchy, simple, and bluesy guitar riffs, they take over the music at times. What is a rock band without a good rhythm section though? The often overlooked combination of bass and drums is  the backbone of a band, and man do these guys have strong backbone. Bassists Nick Fyffe and drummer Damon Wilson bring a new meaning to the term “dynamic duo.”

Now that you know a little about the band, let’s get to these songs, shall we? The group’s self titled debut album starts off with one of the most contagious guitar riffs and vocal melodies I’ve ever heard. “Only Friend” is by far my favorite track on the album and sets the mood for the rest of the songs. If this isn’t rock ‘n’ roll, I don’t know what is. Not far behind that one in terms of rockin’ tunes are “Midnight Black”, and “Take it Back.” These songs will send a shot of adrenaline to your heart and rattle your bones. Songs like “Be Lucky”, “Know For Sure”, and “Morning Riders” have more of a 1960s vibe with upbeat riffs and hooking vocal melodies. Throw in some slide guitar on “Morning Riders” and you’ve got some rock ‘n’ roll tunes with a fresh coat of blues painted on. Slower, acoustic tunes like “Pride”, “Chinese Lanterns”, “Lovers and Fighters”, “Smouldering”, and “Serenity” take the album down from the high energy rocker it is a notch, but they are great songs. By no means are these tracks ballads, just good old fashioned acoustic jams with layers of bluesy guitar riffs thrown in the mix.

Now that you have an idea of what this band brings to the table you should be ready to hop on your computer and go to iTunes and buy this incredible album. If you still need a little more convincing, check out their Facebook and YouTube pages for examples of how much these guys rock. To make it even better, they are currently on their first U.S. tour supporting Blackberry Smoke, check out the tour dates and show them how much America loves rock ‘n’ roll!

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