Some music is too powerful to ignore. For proof, please meet White Bear, the raucous new rock ‘n roll animal from The Temperance Movement.
Based in London and Glasgow, UK The Temperance Movement is a five-piece band featuring front man Phil Campbell, bassist Nick Fyffe, guitarists Paul Sayer and Matt White, and drummer Damon Wilson. Prior to forming the band, the members each played and performed with prominent acts including Deep Purple, Jamiroquai, Ray Davies, The Waterboys, Jack Bruce and even James Brown. When the friends got together for a jam in 2011, everything they’d experienced as sidemen and session men coalesced, and The Temperance Movement was born. 2012’s five-track Pride EP introduced them to the world, and their debut studio album, 2014’s The Temperance Movement announced the arrival of a major rock band. White Bear is their giant step forward.
So much stadium-ready rock today seems computer designed to function as such. Mass appeal without excessively apparent commercial aspiration, that’s one way to put it. White Bear is the sound of a band whose songwriting and musicianship have reached a rare kind of equilibrium.