The Temperance Movement
A collection of session musicians and immigrants from other bands, The Temperance Movement are the new boys on the Brit rock and roll scene. Their blues-rock stylings don't necessarily bring anything new to the genre, but this self-titled debut is a fine example of how to do your thing - and do it incredibly well. These guys have spent the last 18 months building up their fan base with an EP release in summer of 2012 and support slots for contemporaries like Rival Sons, and they bring a raw and authentic feel to the music on the back of the experience from those live dates.
‘Only Friend’ puts it all on the line and everything you need to know about the band is in that first listen. Plus you get your first taste of Phil Campbell’s whiskey and cigarette stained voice, with its echoes of ‘Jeremy’ era Eddie Vedder. Most of the record is a contemporary slice of classic rock and roll: ‘Know For Sure’, ‘Midnight Black’ and its roaring guitar solo, while a bluesy vibe is brought into the mix to freshen things up on ‘Be Lucky’. What makes this such a good example of the format is that there is subtlety here, it's not just a solid line of guitar and drum solos. ‘Pride’, ‘Chinese Lanterns’, and the gentle ‘Lovers And Fighters’ show their delicate and more thoughtful side. Yet while these softer tracks are great, you'll soon be wanting more of the guitar licks, solos and Campbell’s rock vocals. An unusual signing for Earache Records, but they might just be onto something. The classic rock album of 2013? We'll drink to that.