Release Date: Jan 22, 2016
Record label: Earache
You’ll have noted that in the absence of The Black Crowes, several bands of the heavy-ish blues/country-rock persuasion have arisen in the last few years, most prominently among them Wolfmother and Rival Sons as well as newbies such as Blackberry Smoke. Led by sometime Jamiroquai bassist Nick Fyffe, The Temperance Movement do a similarly sterling job of mixing up the Crowes’ slick vibes with homages to Zeppelin, the Cult and other disparate but complementary influences. Their second album is solid through and through, with a ton of memorable songs, even if the sound the band is making is hardly new.
Named after the 19th-century campaign against alcohol, the Temperance Movement aren’t exactly the sound of 2016. They’re a British blues-rock band that could have been blasted here direct from the 1970s: specifically, they evoke mid-period Led Zeppelin and Free, though opener Three Bullets does venture a little forward in time, recalling the raucous stomp of fellow Glaswegians the Fratellis. This may not be a band at the vanguard of avant-garde futurism, then, but they practise their stock in trade rather well.
Nuanced blues rockers’ follow-up to ???their acclaimed 2013 debut. It’s fair to say The Temperance Movement are something of a throwback. It’s hardly surprising that the Rolling Stones invited the band to support them – they inhabit the eternal soundworld of the sleazy 60s and soaraway 70s, of Eric Clapton and Argent, of tight songs and tight trousers.