Next Stop, Belgium

It’s a cold wet morning and we’ve met at Shoreditch Grind for a hit of caffeine to fuel our journey to Belgium. The main topic of conversation is Friday night’s show at The London Forum. In short, It blew our minds! We couldn’t have hoped for a better night. We’ve toured our first album extensively and one concern, aside from the one of “are they going to like the new material”, was that maybe people had seen enough of us already and maybe we’d be playing to half empty rooms, especially as venue sizes on this tour were the biggest so far. It was perhaps a little over ambitious? Our fears however were unfounded as the Forum was packed to the rafters with beautiful people supporting us every step of the way and singing along even louder than we were. It really was a special night for us and we thank you all for making it one to remember.
So, in the time it’s taken me to write the last paragraph, we’ve travelled to Folkstone and are now about to board a train resembling a giant Rimowa suitcase which will hurtle through a tunnel underneath the sea and pop out in France from where we will continue driving to Middlekerke in Belgium. Due to rapid advances in technology, we no longer have a printed tour book but an app on our phones called Master Tour. This tells us where we’ll be on what day, what hotel we’ll be staying in and other vital information like how long the drives are. We obviously never read this and repeatedly ask Iain Graham questions such as “where is the hotel” or “how long is the drive to Zurich?” Which is either ignored or elicits the standard, blunt response… “Master Tour!”. I have just consulted this digital world of information (surprisingly, there is 4g under the English Channel) and it appears that there’ll be a fair bit of driving on this little tour. As you probably know, we are no strangers to marathon drives followed by a soundcheck and a show but this style of touring leaves no margin for error and with our track record of flat tyres and faulty splitter vans, we’ll be crossing our fingers that each show is reached without the help of roadside assistance.
So, after Friday’s epic night, we embark on yet another jaunt around Europe with next year’s marathon U.S. Tour looming closer by the day. The feeling in the Temperance Movement camp however is not that we are approaching the end of a long period of touring, but that this is just the beginning of a whole new chapter.

– Nick

2014-11-23T17:46:18+00:00November 23rd, 2014|

First Night Nerves and Another Flat Tyre!

So here we sit, on the hard shoulder of the M5 northbound with a flat tyre and no spare. It’s a cold, wet, dreary day and we may be here for some time. The Temperance Movement and rental vehicles do not appear to be good friends. This, however, has failed to dampen our spirits as last night we played the first show of our end of year tour in Bristol and were, once again, reminded of the reason why we endure flat tyres and broken down splitter buses to get to gigs. We continue to be overwhelmed by the turnout at our shows. It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were wondering if anyone would turn up at all and yet last night I was looking out at over 1100 people. Thanks to all of you who were there last night. You made five boys very happy!

There was a feeling of mild anxiety yesterday after soundcheck as it had been a while since our last gig and we would be airing new, unheard material. Would the crowd like it? Would we remember everything? Would Paul’s pedalboard behave itself? Well, two out of three ain’t bad…the new tunes appeared to go down well and our memories served us correctly. We’re getting pretty excited about album two now as its starting to really shape up. The litmus test was always going to be how a crowd react to it at a gig and last night I don’t think I was alone in feeling a sense of relief when the new material was played and it felt really good. We look forward to you hearing it all next year.

We’re now in Gloucester. We were collected by a friendly AA recovery man and the car’s in the tyre centre receiving some new rubber. As we’ve been discussing our bad luck with vehicles and tyres in particular, we thought we’d compile a list in chronological order of our misfortunes on route to shows. Here it is…
1. Flat tyre – (Pauls old BMW) resulting in scrapping of vehicle in Glasgow and hiring a car to get home.
2. Tyre blowout as a result of entanglement with Swedish petrol pump. After emptying out entire backline to access spare tyre, we were soon on our way. The petrol pump unfortunately didn’t fare so well.
3. The worst splitter van hire company in Great Britain – Should really name and shame these guys or at least give them some kind of Award for having some of the shittiest vehicles in the country. A Splitter van hire company (name withheld) provided us first with a van with a sliding side door that wouldn’t close properly so we had to buy a padlock and chain to secure it whilst parked and physically hold it shut whilst moving. Then they supplied a second vehicle with the opposite problem. We couldn’t actually unlock the rear doors to get our gear in or out. This, coupled with the fact that you couldn’t wind the passenger window up once it was down and the unsettling clunking noise coming from the axle forced us to give the van back and look elsewhere at which point they refused to refund our deposit. Thanks guys!
4. Double breakdown on route to Hamburg – broke down not once but twice. Ended up arriving at the venue in two separate hire vehicles at the exact time we were due to walk on stage. Loaded in, did a gig and loaded out in 2 1/2 hours!
5. Transmission failure. Managed to drive for 2 1/2 hours without changing gear before breaking down 3 miles from the venue in Upsalla, Sweden. Arrived at the gig with the splitter on the back of a recovery vehicle. The breakdown vehicle driver stayed for the show!
6. Flat tyre – Italy. Limped into a tyre centre in a small town outside of Padua. Was closed for lunch but by communicating via sign language (we didn’t speak Italian, they spoke no english) they kindly agreed to fix our tyre in exchange for a CD and a T-Shirt.
7. Blown tyre – Damon on his way to the BT Sport TV appearance, run off the road by an impatient motorist. Tyre burst on contact with curb.
8. Yet another flat tyre – Luke’s slightly deflating end to our UK spring tour. (Apologies for the terrible pun)
9. Today. Flat tyre in rental vehicle on M5. No spare or repair kit. Fear not Manchester, we’re now on route!

Stay tuned for more inevitable tour mishaps!

– Nick

2014-11-18T15:42:55+00:00November 17th, 2014|

Getting ready for UK and EU Dates!

If you can hear the stirrings of strings being wound and flightcase latches being snapped then it’s probably because our very own Mr James Pepper is swinging into action in preparation for our end of year tour.

Amongst the things to know if you are considering attending are that we’ll be playing some of the fruits of our recent labours at Rockfield for the very first time and have a merch desk exclusive  11 Track live album ‘Live in the UK’, PLUS new tour t shirt design, PLUS the recent Deluxe issue of our debut album!

Dates and tickets HERE

Very much looking forward to seeing you all again.

2014-11-11T12:57:06+00:00November 11th, 2014|

TTM Calling the U.S. of A!!

We are delighted to announce that we will be playing our first ever American shows in 2015 when we hit the road with Blackberry Smoke on their “Holding All The Roses” tour from February 18 through to May 9. A full list of dates is below & tickets go on sale to the public on Friday 14 November, with a number of pre-sales in operation before then (watch this space for details of how to buy your tickets).

We’ll be looking to add a few headline shows of our own too, when & where we can (including you too, Canada!) so let us know if you want The Temperance Movement in a town near you, and we’ll do our best to swing by.

Join The Movement  and roll on 2015!!

18 Feb 2015 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
19 Feb 2015 – Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant
20 Feb 2015 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
21Feb 2015 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
24 Feb 2015 – Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon Theatre
26 Feb 2015 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
27 Feb 2015 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
28 Feb 2015 – Springfield, IL – Boondocks

05 Mar 2015 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave
06 Mar 2015 – Chicago, IL – Joe’s Sports Bar
07 Mar 2015 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
11Mar 2015 – Green Bay, WI – Meyer Theater
12 Mar 2015 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theater
13 Mar 2015 – Indianapolis,IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
14 Mar 2015 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
19 Mar 2015 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
20 Mar 2015 – Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
21 Mar 2015 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
22 Mar 2015 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
24 Mar 2015 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Ballroom
26 Mar 2015 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
27 Mar 2015 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
28 Mar 2015 – New York City,NY – Webster Hall

08 Apr 2015 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09 Apr 2015 – Richmond, VA – The National
10 Apr 2015 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
11 Apr 2015 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion
16 Apr 2015 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
17 Apr 2015 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
18 Apr 2015 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
22 Apr 2015 – Columbia,SC – Music Farm
23 Apr 2015 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
25 Apr 2015 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
30 Apr 2015 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

1 / 2 May 2015 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
07 May 2015 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
08 May 015 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
09 May 2015 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater

2014-11-04T14:01:06+00:00November 4th, 2014|

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