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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back.
Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P).
He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!
Now, I was completely discombobulated a few weeks ago whilst attending Steel
House Festival in Ebbw Vale. The reason for this was a very astute and utterly
mesmerizing performance by The Temperance Movement. Yes I’d heard a few good
things about our home-grown wave makers, but this was one of the bands over the
whole weekend who I was very keen to hear.
Oh boy they didn't disappoint, throwing in one the best performances of
the whole weekend
So when I heard there was the debut album up for almost immediate
release, I had to review it.
Formed at the end of 2011, the band comprises of Glasgow-born singer
Phil Campbell & Londoners Paul Sayer, Luke Potashnick and Nick Fyffe, plus
Aussie Damon Wilson. The Temperance Movement blend crafted harmonies, rich
laconic rock n roll swagger and earthy, folk tinged melodies with the British
blues explosion. Singer Phil Campbell is a mix of Joe
Cocker & Jimmy Barnes. Not a bad combination in my books, or a normal one
come to think of it, but a bloody good one if I do say so myself
TTM Are a band marinated in classic blues rock, and cooked to perfection
at gas mark 4 - drawing their amazing sound from The Faces, Nazareth and Free.
Inevitable conclusions will undoubtedly be made with The Black Crowes, but The
Temperance Movement have enough quality to stand on their own two feet than to
be bothered with petty comparisons. Heck, mark my words, a time will come when
TTM are the ones to be compared with
The album kicks off with ‘Only Friend’ and never ever lets go until the
final bars of ‘Smouldering’. As soon as Campbell opens is mouth on Only Friend,
its clear that a new talent has been found, and this soulful, gravelly tone
combined with the simplicity and organic interplay between guitarists Sayer and
Potashnick, make for one effective result!
Theres a swagger to be heard in ‘Aint No Telling’, and the soulful ‘Pride’
reminds me of Coverdales early foray away from the Purps with Northwinds. ‘Midnight
Black’ is a lively kick ass track thatdoresnt let you off its leash. If Creedence
Clearwater Revival are your delight then ‘MB’ sees TTM pay it back by the
bucketload. ‘Be Lucky’ takes a simple riff and applies a simple chorus and hits
a musical pot of gold at the end of a Rainbow. Simple works a treat! ‘Morning
Riders’ hits home with a harder riff than most on the album, and ‘Take It Back’
has the potential to be a lengthy audience participation number on the live
scene with its punchy ‘whoa-o-oa!’ threading thru the song. The debut is over
all too soon with ‘Smouldering’, a slow burner which fully advertises the bands
The debut is superb and hopefully it will see the lads get all the
success they deserve. Whilst its great, TTM will be on tour in the UK Sept
onward and I cant think of a better way of spending £10 on a ticket and seeing
a band at such intimate venues and on fire as these babies take on a different life
in a live environment. I sware that it wont be long before you can get this
close to them. They are gonna be huge I tell ya….HUGE!
If it’s not in the top 3 of most a reviewer across the land come
December, then I have to admit that I know fuck all about music