TIMELESS BRIT-ROCKERS PROVE WEIR CHART-HIT DEBUT WAS NO FLUKE
Movement’s name might be inspired by a 19th century drive to promote abstinence, but White Bear will prompt the opposite. That is to say, it’s the perfect soundtrack to a night of alcohol-fuelled celebration.
This isn’t a yee-haw-yelling blaze of reheated retro rock, however it’s a considered collection of songs played with a sublime vibe that’s so naturally likeable it transcends such tags.
Like 2013’s self-titled debut (which made it to Number 12 in the UK album charts, fact fans), White Bear straddles genre boundaries effortlessly, a rock skeleton that can wear any skin.
Oh Lorraine is all about bare-bones riffs and tripped-out melody GetYourself Free, meanwhile, has gospel-tinged hooks, while the title-track and Battle Lines take it to the next level via blade-sharp bouts of slide guitar So, that first album wasn’t a one-off, and hereTheTemperance Movement have once again proved themselves masters of their craft.