Keeping up with the rock & roll lifestyle isn’t for everyone. On the cusp of their sophomore record release of White Bear (out 7/15/2016), The Temperance Movement is hitting the U.S. and European tour circuit in true energizer bunny fashion.
In order to get to the 5th annual Ride Festival last weekend, the five man group from the UK flew from another festival show in Scotland, through Edinburgh, London, Boston, Denver and finally Montrose; topping off the multi-leg marathon trip with a 1.5 hour drive to Telluride. Rather than rest and recuperate, the band hit the after-hours “Night Ride” stage, post Pearl Jam, at the historic Sheridan Opera House around 11:30pm Saturday night.
Within minutes of rolling into town, I caught up with drummer Damon Wilson to chat pancakes and whiskey, of course. While he is on hiatus from the amber liquid, he did praise our quirky tradition of pancakes offered day and night. However, he gave a slight edge to Canada for taking the art of the stack to the next level with its pancake, bacon and maple syrup concoction. I don’t know about you folks, but I feel a north/south of the border hotcake rivalry brewing!
Whether it’s pancakes or pure passion that drive their stamina, The Temperance Movement’s up-tempo set kept a packed house jumping well into the wee hours of Sunday morning. Frontman Phil Campbell hit the stage skipping. Literally. Their groovy sound and Phil’s flamboyant dance moves are reminiscent of Chris Robinson and the Black Crowes, who have admittedly heavily influenced The Temperance Movement since inception. According to Wilson, they created the band specifically to come to America to play. In fact, he wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually relocate to this side of the pond. In the meantime, they’ll spend the next several months promoting their new lp and touring across the U.S. & Europe.
Article: Shannon Leigh