The Temperance Movement performing their A Deeper Cut Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Thursday 8th March 2018.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

The Temperance Movement are without doubt back with a bang. Touring to promote their third album, A Deeper Cut, it was a packed Rock City last night who helped them to celebrate their highest charting album to date.

Despite the new line up, the band have stuck to their old sound as they opened the show with back to back new songs; their hard rocking single Caught In The Middle, the soulful number The Way It Was And The Way It Is Now, and the funky Love And Devotion which all set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Commanding the stage with his gravelly rich tone, front man Phil Campbell danced around the stage with wild abandon and egged the crowd on as they screamed along to every song. They picked up the pace mid set with a three song stretch from their sophomore album which included a passionate rendition of the title track itself, White Bear, a rocking version of Three Bulleits and the groove heavy Battle Lines.

Ain’t No Telling whipped the crowd into a frenzy and saw Campbell flying across the stage before they slowed things down a little with the lovely Another Spiral which featured some sublime fretwork from guitarist Paul Sayer.

There were many standout moments in their set, which is largely due to the strength of the material that the band now has behind them. And it was the old favourites that really pleased the crowd, such as the anthemic Be Lucky, the funky blues rock number Know For Sure and the band’s unmistakable crowd pleaser, Only Friend.

With his acoustic guitar, Campbell led the group into a beautiful performance of A Deeper Cut which closed the main set and left the crowd wanting more.

Returning to the stage for the encore saw Campbell on keyboards on Backwater Zoo before the frantic Midnight Blue brought the evening to an end.

The Temperance Movement had delivered a belter of a gig from start to finish and on a very cold night, their whirlwind rock and roll was exactly what was needed.