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THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT
THE 100 CLUB, LONDON
The Temperance Movement first came to my attention when they opened up at the Sunflower Jam at the Royal Albert Hall late last year. A well to do charity event when the young Anglo Scots band tread the same boards as the royalty of rock that featured such names as Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, John Paul Jones, Brian May and Deep Purple's Ian Paice. The youngsters were by no means out of their depth. In fact they walked it with ease.
Since then they've been on the tip of everyone's lips as "the band to watch" and have been selling out venues in the capital such as the Water Rats and the Borderline before even a full debut album is released.
Tonight the 100 Club follows suit on a very hot and sweaty packed evening.
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This is my third sighting of the band live in these past seven months and I have to say they have improved on every visit, growing with confidence and passion. The style of music is from the roots of The Faces to the country flavour of the Eagles.
Trainspotting Begbie lookalike Phil Campbell, whose granite voice is drenched in the whiskey of rock 'n roll, has a sound similar to fellow Glaswegian Frankie Miller. A singer with a cool swagger who gives the songs deep hearted richness with his soulful raspy voice.
The band play loose with an easy going rock 'n roll vibe and when they put their heart and soul into the slower numbers such as 'Pride' and 'Only Friend' is when The Movement shine the most.
Crowd favourite 'Take It Back' has a hypnotic, jiving swing to it.
It's still early days for The Temperance Movement, a band whom judging by the mixed crowd are already crossing musical boundaries, but a couple of good rocking commercial numbers added to their repertoire will see this band making some big waves.
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