Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March

Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st January and 31st March 2016 Bluesdoodles reviewed 49 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance..

This is the first list of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016..

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul
Kyla Brox – Throw Away Your Blues
Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

Monster Truck – Sittin Heavy
Red Dirt Skinners – Behind The Wheel
Mumbo Jumbo – Sonic Gumbo

Ben Poole – Time Has Come
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – Wayward Sons
Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Luxury Hobo
The Temperance Movement – White Bear
Danny Bryant – Blood Money

Temperance Movement Rocks up Dostoevsky’s White Bear

Temperance Movement White BearTemperance Movement Rocks up Dostoevsky’s White Bear

The Temperance Movement
White Bear
Earache Records – release Date 15th January 2016

 

Opening with Three Bulliets, with its catchy chorus drumming with intent the power of the music sweeps through the speaker creating a wall of sound that has layers of tones and patterns that hooks you in; and you want to hear much, much more. White Bear is a wild animal of an album from The Temperance Movement, Rock N Roll that turns up the volume and tempo. The album is titled after a quote from Dostoevsky’s Winter Notes on Summer Impressions: ‘Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.’ Temperance Movement are not cursed – the music is innovative and builds strong shapes distorting dimensions so that the notes from guitar and drums swirl and capture the power and message of lyrical driven tracks. This is a five piece that uses every note available building crescendo’s and shading the quiet so you are beguiled, entranced, delighted and moved to dance in equal measure. The band based in London and Glasgow combine a pedigree of experiences in the world of music distilling, re-blending into the movement sound. The vocals of Phil Campbell are central, influential in how each song has its own tempo and feel. Around the front-man bassist Nick Fyffe sets the groove and the rest of the rhythmic movement is provided by drumming that stands-out on every track from Damon Wilson. Into this charismatic mix comes the twin guitar power of Paul Sayer and Luke Potashnick, who since recording the album has left The Temperance Movement, in future the second guitar will be delivered by Matt White.

The guitars open and the sonic picture is created and A Pleasant Place I Feel creating the equivalent of a Rock n’ Roll musical hug. The guitar playing is such that you want the place to exist and never disappear. This is no gentle folky track it is progressive Rock n’ Roll that groans and rolls around the lyrics exciting music once again from The Temperance Movement. The tonal picture changes swampy, raw roots rock sound of Modern Massacre embeds itself and is a delightful earworm the drumming rhythmic digging deep into the collective American memory with a Native American feel, this is arena drama at any live show. The title track, White Bear is full of clashing symbols that fade away to a delicate, almost fragile delivery of the lyrics this is a beautiful track with the whole band kicking in and the tempo is on fire, this is a bear dancing with delight. The juxtaposition of quieter and rockier movements makes this the heart and soul of the album. Followed by Oh Lorraine fast, blues with added potion of funk of the future modern and this will have the crowds waving and cheering as the tempo kicks in and Oh Lorraine will be sung back whenever played live. The closing track I hope I’m Not Losing My Mind is quieter, the tempo is slower the ballad book has been opened. The track has an ethereal, out of this world feel as if the mind is being lost. The lyrics are sharp and deep and closes this album full of thought so that you can reflect back on White Bear that is full of every colour of the spectrum and will excite every time you listen to Temperance Movement’s White Bear.

There is a cohesive feel about the album, as if the music flowed out in one session. In fact that is anything but the truth, this is an album that has travelled in its creation as it moved from Rockfield to Fish Factory and then on to Abbey Road. White Bear is a huge album that will be the talk of the town when released on 15th January 2016. Sit back enjoy the musical journey of The White Bear and above all listen to the lyrics, they are meaningful, relevant and fitting for the world we are embarking on through 2016.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

White Bear – The Temperance MovementEarache Records – Release date – 15th January Click HERE for Pre orders

Track Listing

1. Three Bulliets
2. Get Yourself Free
3. A Pleasant Place I Feel
4. Modern Massacre
5. Battle Lines
6. White Bear
7. Oh Lorraine
8. Magnify
9. The Sun And Mon Roll Around
10. I Hope I am Not Losing My Mind

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January Brightened with The Temperance Movement Album & Tour

January Brightened with The Temperance Movement Album & Tour

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The Album White Bear will be released on January 15th, on Earache Records

Whilst on the album title, White Bear, singer Phil Campbell notes, “Nick called me with the title which inspired the lyric to the song. It refers to a study by Daniel Wenger on mindfulness and the controlling of unwanted thoughts, testing a quote from Dostoevsky’s ‘Winter Notes on Summer Impressions’: ‘Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.”

 

Acoustic Version of Title Track White Bear 

This will see January Brightened with The Temperance Movement Album & Tour. Why? Their music puts a modern stamp on hard rock and blues, The Temperance Movement have crafted one of the most intoxicating records of recent times with White Bear; an album that is both expansive and electrifying. Opening with the swaggering ‘Three Bulleits’ (titled after the Bulleit brand of bourbon favoured by some of the band), White Bear runs the whole gamut of modern rock’n’roll.

The first single to be taken from the album is the groove filled ‘Three Bulleits’. With an abundance of attitude and swagger it’s also the powerful opener to the new album.

White Bear track listing:

1. Three Bulleits
2. Get Yourself Free
3. A Pleasant Peace I Feel
4. Modern Massacre
5. Battle Lines
6. White Bear
7. Oh Lorraine
8. Magnify
9. The Sun and Moon Roll Around Too Soon
10. I Hope I’m Not Losing My Mind

White Bear is available to pre-order now on CD, signed CD, vinyl and limited edition signed white vinyl, and is also available in a number of t-shirt bundles. Reserve your copy now HERE

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track, <strong>HERE

January Brightened with Temperance Movement Album & Tour

Jan. 16 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramid Centre
Jan. 17 – Norwich, UK – UEA
Jan. 19 – Aberdeen, UK – Beach Ballroom
Jan. 20 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Jan. 21 – Newcastle, UK – University
Jan. 22 – Leeds, UK – Becket University
Jan. 24 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Jan. 25 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Jan. 26 – Cardiff, UK – Y Plas
Jan. 27 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

All tickets and bundles are available at HERE

Temperance Movement White Bear Tour

Temperance MovementTemperance Movement White Bear Tour

 

White Bear Album – out January 15th 2016 through Earache Records

UK tour brightening Jan 2016

British band The Temperance Movement are pleased to reveal their soulful cover of the classic Blur song ‘Tender’. The video was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and perfectly captures the open-minded spirit of the band that was inspired by the musical history steeped in the venue that surrounded them.

Guitarist Paul Sayer comments, “The main reason for particularly wanting to cover Blur was that they’re a band that was really of our childhood. As great as it is when you’re growing up to discover all the amazing, timeless bands in your parents record collection, there’s nothing like hearing fresh, new music when you’re 14 and knowing that you’re a part of the generation that’s hearing it for the first time. That’s what Blur was for us. ‘Tender’ was the perfect Blur song for us to cover because although they’re as Indie as it gets that song has a huge amount of Soul in it, which is something we feel we have in our music as well.”

In the first part of a special behind the scenes video series, you can see the band discuss the process behind writing White Bear and get an intimate insight into the recording of one of Britain’s great rock bands at home in the studio.

Whilst on the album title, White Bear, singer Phil Campbell notes, “Nick called me with the title which inspired the lyric to the song. It refers to a study by Daniel Wenger on mindfulness and the controlling of unwanted thoughts, testing a quote from Dostoevsky’s ‘Winter Notes on Summer Impressions’: ‘Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.”

The first single to be taken from the album is the groove filled ‘Three Bulleits’. With an abundance of attitude and swagger it’s also the powerful opener to the new album.

White Bear track listing:

1. Three Bulleits
2. Get Yourself Free
3. A Pleasant Peace I Feel
4. Modern Massacre
5. Battle Lines
6. White Bear
7. Oh Lorraine
8. Magnify
9. The Sun and Moon Roll Around Too Soon
10. I Hope I’m Not Losing My Mind

White Bear is available to pre-order now on CD, signed CD, vinyl and limited edition signed white vinyl, and is also available in a number of t-shirt bundles. Reserve your copy now HERE

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track, >HERE 

Don’t miss The Temperance Movement on tour in the UK in support of White Bear:

Jan. 16 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramid Centre
Jan. 17 – Norwich, UK – UEA
Jan. 19 – Aberdeen, UK – Beach Ballroom
Jan. 20 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Jan. 21 – Newcastle, UK – University
Jan. 22 – Leeds, UK – Becket University
Jan. 24 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Jan. 25 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Jan. 26 – Cardiff, UK – Y Plas
Jan. 27 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

All tickets and bundles are available at HERE