Not hearing or knowing this band at all, I took it upon myself to check out The Temperance Movement last month, here in Baltimore. The band, from England and consisting of singer Phil Campbell, guitarists Matt White and Paul Sayer, bassist Nick Fyffe, and drummer Damon Wilson, just released a new album titled White Bear this year and have been touring all summer in support of it.
To me their sound was a mix of alternative/blues influenced rock, which was apparent in the title song “White Bear.” Campbell was very “frontman-worthy” singing the song with a lot of emotion and arms swinging in unison with the band. He was like this all night and with every song. “Midnight Black,” a song off of their 2013 self-titled debut, got the crowd going into a small frenzy. You could tell immediately it’s a fan favorite. Campbell just flat out likes to dance to each song he performs. He kind of reminded me of how Robert Plant always had his arms moving during songs. Again, this was evident when “Take it Back” started playing. It was hard not to stomp your feet or dance to that song. In any case, my first experience with this The Temperance Movement won’t be my last, as now they have one more fan to play for.