Though from the UK, the members of The Temperance Movement cut their teeth on classic American rock bands. “We’ve been influenced by vintage classic rock,” lead singer Phil Campbell says through a heavy British accent from a tour stop in Colorado. “I grew up in the ’90s, the Black Crowes brought it together for me in a nice package.”
The Temperance Movement came together around 2008 when Phil Campbell started tiring of playing Tom Waits and Robbie Robertson-inspired solo material and decided It was time to rock. Campbell aligned himself with likeminded musicians though the band’s first album didn’t come out in 2013. Through the various collective influences, the sound that The Temperance Movement settled on for the self-titled debut was one that was equal parts The Black Crowes, The Faces and Free.
The band’s latest, White Bear (released just a few weeks ago), picks up where the debut left off. The Temperance Movement delivers a classic rock sounding album that not only sounds like the previously mentioned bands but also Gomez, a band with a cult-like following in the US.
“We’re just the same boys we always were,” Campbell says. “We’re always learning, learning from each other. By the time we recorded White Bear, we all knew each other much better than when we started.”
After last year’s successful US tour with Blackberry Smoke (including a show at The Newport), Campbell said he realized America’s potential and, unlike some bands he considers peers who think a week or two worth of dates in the US is enough, is ready to make a go of it. “You need to keep going to the US and going back,” says Campbell revealing The Temperance Movement’s philosophy about touring. “That’s how Bruce Springsteen did it, he was on the road forever.”
The Temperance Movement has a few US tour dates in the next week, jumps overseas to play some festivals, and then returns to the US in September for another short run of headlining dates. You can catch them, along with The Stone Foxes, at the A&R Music Bar on Friday night. Doors at 8pm and tickets are $15 / $17 (day of show).