||THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT
Loopallu, Ullapool, Scotland
21st September 2013
Think of Ullapool in mid September and most of you will think of a relatively small fishing and ferry port somewhere in the north of Scotland, grey and rainy. Not the first place you would think of to hold a music festival.
But Loopallu is now in its seventh year and going strong and London based The Temperance Movement rocked up here on the fourth date of their current UK tour.
Playing to a nearly full main tent they came out all guns blazing, opening with 'Midnight Black', getting them and the audience warmed up.
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It takes the first three tracks before singer Phil Campbell addresses the audience; "I'm a Glaswegian. I shouldn't be up here. They have taken me prisoner. Send help..."
The humour worked well with the mostly Scottish audience – he kept the talking to a minimum though, letting the music speak instead.
At the end of the 45 minute set, drawn from their debut self-titled album, they left the audience screaming for an encore, sadly denied them due to turning the stage around for the next act.
On stage they seem very tight, as a band that has been playing live together for the best part of two years should. Campbell is a natural showman, following in the footsteps of Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger as he contorted and gyrated over the stage, but stepping into the background when the guitarists Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer break into the solos, giving them the limelight.
Nick Fyfe and Damon Wilson on bass and drums respectively gave a good performance throughout.
This is a band whose natural habitat seems to be on stage rather than in the studio. Campbell's raw energy carries the show well, backed up by the musicianship of the rest. Also, they seem like they are just warming up for bigger stages and festivals that should await them further down the road.
If you are going to see them on this tour, then you are in for a treat. If not, then you are missing out. Rectify that next time around.
Electrifying, entertaining rock. Five beers, no question.
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