On the day their self-titled debut landed at number 12 on the official UK album chart, The Temperance Movement had every right to feel mightily proud and just a little bit smug.
The fast-rising Anglo-Scottish quintet could have been forgiven for playing with a degree of over-confidence or drifting into the comfort zone afforded by a sell-out venue and healthy record sales.
Yet such a scenario couldn’t have been further from the truth as the saviours of British rock ’n’ roll delivered a typically heartfelt, honest and humble set, reliant only on the quality of their superior songs.
Opening up with an a cappella version of Chinese Lanterns set the tone for a truly memorable show. The mics might have been off but the heat was on for the headline act: stripping things down right from the start piled on the pressure, but a brave move paid off with interest.
Their connection with a passionate crowd sealed, The Temperance Movement went on to confirm why they remain hot favourites to lift the 2013 Classic Rock Award for Best New Band. Appearing on a talent-rich 10-act shortlist alongside opening act The Graveltones – who deserve huge success in their own right – the coveted gong is theirs for the taking.
No other rock band out there right now is quite like The Temperance Movement. Mixing retro cool with a fresh take on dual guitar anthems, the reference points are obvious. The Stones, the Small Faces, Zeppelin, Free and the Black Crowes all pour forth from songs such as Only Friend, Ain’t No Telling and the immense Lovers And Fighters.
Yet The Temperance Movement are no lazy imitators – using classic rock’s classic bands as a template, they’ve distilled a proven formula and crafted a brand new sound to rival the Rival Sons and trouble Vintage Trouble.
That it’s now no exaggeration to mention these homegrown heroes in the same breath as the very best new rock ’n’ rollers from across The Pond is testimony to just how far five hard-gigging musicians from across the country have come in 12 momentous months.
It’s been said before and it will be said again.
But The Temperance Movement really will become Britain’s next big thing. That’s the truth.