Rock and roll is not dead, and it’s your duty – and The Temperance Movement’s duty – to proclaim this on every street corner. The end is not nigh. British group The Temperance Movement formed part out of Glasgow and part out of London in 2011, releasing a debut EP that defies what a typical British band is supposed to sound like. Pride has a nostalgic southern rock vibe to it. Phil Campbell commandeers a classic rock voice, full of the required power and tearing/yelling aesthetic on tracks “Ain’t No Telling,” “Only Friend,” and “Be Lucky,” and controlled, even delicate crooning on “Pride” and “Lovers and Fighters.” Combined with riff-oriented guitar work, The Temperance movement has an utterly explosive sound, a sound that demands attention even in its quieter moments.
That said, the EP’s two softer tracks, “Pride” and “Lovers and Fighters” (particularly the latter) seem to draw from alternative rock save the guitar sounds, making for a nice contrast from the other three. I actually couldn’t help but think of Alabama Shakes, and I’m not even entirely sure why. Perhaps it’s the combination of the old and new aesthetic, or maybe it’s the way The Temperance movement seems to convey their passion for the music they offer without fail. Whatever it is, something about this EP not only connects, but also lingers long after the experience is through.
The Review: 9/10
The Big Hit
– Ain’t No Telling
Review by Richard MacDougall