The Temperance Movement Live Gig Review

Jan 24, 2016, Manchester Academy 2

by Maggie Wright @FullMetalRock

Back from their extended touring time Stateside, The Temperance Movement performed to a sold out crowd at the Manchester Academy 2, the seventh date in a ten city UK tour. The tour is in support of their highly anticipated sophomore album, “White Bear” and TTM greeted the Manchester crowd as old friend. All their time spent on the the road with the Rolling Stones has done wonders for their performance on stage, but has not altered the humility with which they greet their fans, as evidenced by Phil Campbell, vocals, coming down and kissing a long-time fan on the cheek (I believe his name is John) during Ain’t No Telling!

Campbell entered stage to start the set with the energy of a commonly known A.A. Milne character, bouncing up and down with excitement. And the fans bounced along through the whole set, pausing only during the ballads. Opening with Three Bulleits, the first track off “White Bear”, this song was the perfect way for TTM to announce their return, and in doing so introduce us to their metamorphic new album. It’s still rock infused with folk and blues, yet “White Bear” shows growth in the band both musically and lyrically. Not a misspelling or typo, Three Bulleits is a reference to a brand of Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, the band’s drink of choice during their 2014 European tour.

The introductions continued with Oh Lorraine, which starts with a Southern Rock twang and harmony layered chorus that would be an almost haunting sound if its wasn’t so up tempo. Then the instantly recognizable Midnight Black caused the crowd to erupt, and the all-standing venue became a huge dance hall. We were treated to the Jagger-esque moves of Campbell around the stage throughout the set. As entertaining as it was, it didn’t distract from the talent or musicianship of the band members on stage. For me it just justified that I could dance along without worrying what anyone thought!

Campbell’s vocal performance was outstanding. His unique raspy sound was delivered flawlessly through each song. His blend of sound, obviously influenced by the Stones and The Faces, yet remaining unique, drew your ear and your attention to the lyrics. The band as a whole sounded tighter than ever, and it was difficult to decide where to be watching! Smouldering, a ballad full of the self-pity we are all guilty of at one time or another, was just one example.The instrumental ending at the end was just insane. Each of the new songs was met with an intensely positive reaction, and the crowd seemed to be more passionate than ever about the older songs. Damon Wilson (drums) and Nick Fyffe (bass), worked insanely well as the rhythm section and engaged with their fans even from the back of the stage.

When a fan shouted out to Campbell to “show us your new tattoo”, it was a great introduction to the title track of the new album. The singer stated it would be played “ a little differently” to how it was recorded for the album, and they delivered it brilliantly. The guitar work by Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer was hypnotizing and this is truly one of my favorite songs off the new album.

Although I don’t expect the impossible, such as an album played in its entirety, the night would not have been the same without the inclusion of Only Friend in the set list. And TTM did not disappoint. The crowd sang the chorus of the song so loud and so well, it had a visible affect on the band.TTM’s ability to immerse you in a story and take you along for a ride is proving to not be just a one album fluke. Although the fans may not have had all the lyrics memorized, they certainly knew the new songs despite the album only being released a week prior to the gig.

The name of the the album is in reference to Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Winter Notes on Summer Impressions” essay and the analogy of trying not to think about a polar bear, resulting in obsessively thinking about said bear. Although initially written about himself, the success of the album is proving that “White Bear” is all the fans can think about! It is no surprise that “White Bear” is currently Number 1 on the UK Rock Chart. Just as I felt that their self titled debut album was an album you could enjoy from start to finish, this album has proved to be as exciting and intriguing. I have to commend TTM for their choices of songs for the setlist; for their inclusion of the crowd pleasers and new work in a set list that worked magically; that left me soaked with sweat at the end, yet just short of passing out. Exactly what I have come to expect from this band!

The Temperance Movement Are:

Phil Campbell: Vocals

Paul Sayer: guitar

Matt White: guitar

Nick Fyffe: bass

Damon Wilson: drums

Set List:

Three Bulleits
Oh Lorraine
Midnight Black
Be Lucky
Modern Massacre
Ain’t No Telling
The Sun And Moon Roll Around Too Soon
White Bear
Get Yourself Free
Only Friend
Take It Back
Battle Lines

I Hope I'm Not Losing My Mind
A Pleasant Peace I Feel
Lovers and Fighters

The Temperance Movement Remaining European Tour Dates:

Feb. 03 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
Feb. 04 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kruen
Feb. 05 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
Feb. 08 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
Feb. 09 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
Feb. 10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Feb. 11 - Malmö, Sweden - KB
Feb. 13 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
Feb. 14 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
Feb. 15 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu
Feb. 16 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Halle

Canadian tour dates:

Feb. 23 - Victoria, Canada - Sugar Nightclub
Feb. 25 - Vancouver, Canada - Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 27 - Calgary, Canada - Mac Ewan Ballroom
Mar. 01 - Edmonton, Canada - Union Hall
Mar. 02 - Regina, Canada - The Pump Roadhouse
Mar. 04 - Winnipeg, Canada - The Garrick Centre
Mar. 05 - Thunder Bay, Canada - Outpost Pub
Mar. 08 - Quebec, Canada - Le Cercle
Mar. 09 - Montreal, Canada - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Mar. 11 - Toronto, Canada - The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mar. 12 - Toronto, Canada - The Phoenix Concert Theatre

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"White Bear" features 10 essential new blues-rock anthems and is available now on CD and vinyl at

The album is also available now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track (Time Won't Leave), at whitebear-itunes

"White Bear" track listing:

1. Three Bulleits
2. Get Yourself Free
3. A Pleasant Peace I Feel
4. Modern Massacre
5. Battle Lines
6. White Bear
7. Oh Lorraine
8. Magnify
9. The Sun and Moon Roll Around Too Soon
10. I Hope I'm Not Losing My Mind
11. Time Won't Leave (iTunes exclusive bonus tracks)

Download from iTunes here: ttmitwhitebear

Stream on Spotify here:

Get it from Amazon here: Here

Earache Records have announced a seven track live acoustic CD to be released.

Live and Acoustic at Deezer track list:

1. Three Bulleits
2. Get Yourself Free
3. Midnight Black
4. White Bear
5. I Hope I'm Not Losing My Mind
6. Take It Back
7. Battle Lines

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