Info: Since moving over to London last year I have managed to get around to some of London’s iconic music venues. From the hot and sweaty Borderline, to the legendary Apollo and even more legendary Shepherds Bush Empire it has been a hell of a year for ticking off the venue bucket list. Tonight…The Kentish Town Forum.
I had no idea the venue was so big. Some 2,300 punters (in a Friday good mood) packed in in due to a fantastic ticket price (£15) and a band whose debut album reminds us of a better time. Support was from The Raglans who were outstanding during their 30 minute set. I will definitely be seeing them again. In these modern times I had followed them Twitter and downloaded their album on Spotify whilst waiting for the headliners…and they say I’m not down with the kids.
As for the Temperance Movement the atmosphere in the Forum made it feel like an end of year triumphant gig. They know it to. The band as a whole are a throwback…and what a magnificent thing that is. The blues tinged tracks from the excellent self-titled debut album have a swing and a style that make them stand out from the current crop of rock bands. Scottish lead singer Phil Campbell has Tim Booth like dancing moves as well as possessing an old school voice that feels like it should have been around in the ‘70’s. Indeed Campbell has that lead singer cockiness that all great frontman have and although the stage is big here he and the band use it in full. A few new songs get an airing…none of which I know the name of…I should take more notice…but they sound good to me and bode well for the year ahead. However it is older tunes like Chinese Lanterns that has the arms waving and songs such as Midnight Black, Ain’t No Telling and main set closer Only Friend show what a classic band they could be. Serenity closes the 90 minute show and it confirms what we knew already…this was indeed a triumphant show.
We need bands like this...bands that play old school rock in a new way. 2015 should be a big year for these lads and no one deserves it more.
Ticket: November 21st 2014
Ticket Price: £15.00