ARTIST: The Temperance Movement
SUPPORT: Joshua James
VENUE, TOWN: KOKO, London
DATE: 17th November 2013
REVIEW: After just winning the title of Classic Rock’s ‘Best New Band’ award, it’s no suprise that The Temperance Movement’s London date on their UK tour is sold out. Within the opulent surroundings of former theatre KOKO, tonight’s show has a very special feel about it.
Supporting this evening is Utah native Joshua James. With his soulful voice and lyric-led songs, the crowd is entranced. For an unknown artist, he receives a positive response from the audience, as his set strikes a pleasant contrast between electric and acoustic numbers. With a hint of Ryan Adams about his sound, James’ chilled out folksy melodies are perfect for a Sunday evening.
With a thick air of anticipation, The Temperance Movement take to the stage to rapturous applause. Opening with ‘Be Lucky’, frontman Phil Campbell cavorts about the stage in the epileptic fashion he’s become known for – arms flailing, chin jutting, twisting on the balls of his feet – as he tosses his full length fur coat to the floor. The heaving crowd moves as one giant mass as the intro to ‘Midnight Black’ begins, and the energy is maintained for the groove-laden ‘Morning Riders’ with the front row joining in the chorus.
Their self-titled debut album was only released two months ago in September 2013, yet the audience knows every song well. Whilst the balladic ‘Smouldering’ and ‘Chinese Lanterns’ seem to slow the pace a little too much, the upbeat vibe falls slightly flat compared to the earlier belters. Lead single ‘Only Friend’ drives the energy levels back up, with gleeful participation from the crowd roaring along to the chorus, as does ‘Ain’t No Telling’.
With Jimmy Page watching down from one of the VIP boxes, The Temperance Movement put on an electric performance this evening. With impeccable sound and such a magnetic frontman, it’s no wonder the quintet is tipped for big things. With a few more UK dates lined up before the year is out, it looks like TTM will be making even bigger waves in 2014.
Ain’t No Telling
Know For Sure
Take It Back
Lovers + Fighters
– WORDS by Judas Morgan