The Temperance Movement – Barrowland, Glasgow – 20/01/16

the-temperance-movement-072The Temperance Movement at Barrowland was a night where the live music took centre stage of a venue that was built for live music and dancing.

The reason I emphasise this is that the two bands on show reminded me of why we enjoy live music so much. It lets you hear and see a different side of a band or artist, it can often prove your preconceptions of a band wrong and can turn an OK track on an album into an anthem if it has something to offer to the audience. Which is pretty much like what happened with supporting act The Sheepdogs.

To my shame I’d never heard of them before and it looks as if they’ve been knocking out albums for almost ten years now. Honestly, I listened pre-gig and found nothing to get me excited. Then they appeared on stage, and performed an immaculate almost hour-long set of 70’s sounding rock involving harmonies a-plenty (Vocal and Guitar), trombone, just absolutely tight solid musicianship. Special mention to a track called ‘Bad Lieutenant’ which for whatever reason just encapsulated me. THEN! I went back to The Sheepdogs and listened to them on shuffle with a whole new appreciation for them. Live music, I thank you.

the-temperance-movement-003The Temperance Movement I had a similar experience with. I really enjoyed their new outing White Bear which prompted me to listen to their self-titled previous album which I absolutely adore. Tonight though it was the songs from White Bear that stood out as crown pleasers. It’s given – I believe – The Temperance Movement a much wider platform to stand on as their songs now cover a number of genres. It was something of a homecoming for front man Phil Campbell which may have added to his excitement but his non-stop movement and stage presence was a real highlight.

He moves around like a combined Mick Jagger and Bez (Happy Mondays) without missing a beat in-between vocals. It’s bizarre to watch, if a guy at a club was moving like this he’d be thrown out but somehow Phil manages to make flailing look cool. No more so than when they broke out my personal favourite from White Bear, ‘Modern Massacre’. He does get a break when we’re treated to some slow numbers and a treat for the Glasgow crowd was finishing the night with an extended version of ‘Lovers and Fighters’ from debut The Temperance Movement, another personal favourite.

This was a performance filled with everything you’d expect from a live show. Excitement, emotion, audience participation, musicianship, professionalism, I could go on and on but instead I recommend you strap on your dancing shoes, get a little bit of practice in, go see a show and see if you can keep up.

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