Sweden Tour Diary – Who needs snow tyres?

It’s 8.29am and we’re back in the van again, The navy seals of Rock’n’Roll completed yet another mission last night in Avesta and are already moving to our next target. It was lights out at zero one hundred hours this morning following a military exit strategy from the venue. This elite unit displayed unparalleled discipline and restraint by failing to be persuaded by the enticing soft Swedish voice calling from the corridor outside our rooms five minutes later… “Hey guys, are you all asleep? You want to come and party?”
We were staying at hotel Bjurfors, owned by a charismatic Swede named Leif. A man who’s policy on life is that it should be lived to its fullest at all times and has built his own resort in Avesta dedicated to his great love of good wine, food, music, family, friends and fun. The last time we were here, we performed in his giant tipi before an after-show party in his own private little pub. Leif was partying till the small hours despite suffering a mild heart attack three days previously – the guy is as strong as a ox. It was this pub that he had sent one of his staff to lure us to but with an early start, a long drive and a fourth consecutive show tonight, we steadfastly refused to succumb to the Scandinavian temptress outside our door.

It’s still not fully light yet and drizzle hangs suspended beneath an oily, flat sky as we begin the 320 mile journey. Our destination today is Falkenberg, a picturesque town in the south of Sweden we have visited a few times before. Each time we have played there, the crowd has grown in number and enthusiasm so we are expecting a raucous show and another demonstration in hard drinking, a skill at which the people of Falkenberg have previously proved exceptionally good at. Don’t let us down Falkenberg!
Unit Commander, Iain Graham is currently at the wheel. His co-pilot and navigator is Paul Sayer. Wilson, Campbell, Pepper and White are in the back immersed in a variety of activities including listening to music, video editing and sleeping.
Now that we’re making our way south, the snow and ice have given way to a rather more British like drabness. As glum as it is, the road conditions are now far less life threatening. The past few days on the road have been fairly hair-raising. According to the locals in Östersund, no one in their right minds would attempt to drive around Sweden in November without winter tyres. No-one that is, except us so we have been literally tobogganing our way around Örebro, Östersund and Sundsvall before achieving any sort of traction as we pass Göteborg on the approach to Falkenberg.
…24 hours later
As expected, the crowd last night fully upheld their reputation and any earlier intentions of retiring to our rooms soon after the show went out of the window. My souvenir from the evening is a slow burning hangover. It is gloomy and wet outside and i plan on making the most of our day off by involving myself in as little activity as possible, leaving the hotel only if absolutely necessary. I could murder a curry!
2018-08-28T23:32:47+00:00November 29th, 2015|

Sweden Tour Diary – Brrrrrrrr! It’s cold here.

Today we head North. The weather is becoming noticeably more hostile as we follow the long winding road to Östersund. To pass the time, we have set Ian Graham a geographic general knowledge challenge. His task is to list every country within a chosen  continent. He made a strong start by naming almost all South and Central American countries before moving on to name an impressive 37 out of 54 African countries. We’re now covering the Middle East. Testing his mental capabilities however, seems to be having an adverse affect on the quality of his driving which has just prompted the cautionary “Car quizzes cause carcasses” from quiz adjudicator Paul Sayer in the passenger seat.
A lot has happened since my last diary entry. The most significant being the departure of Luke from the band. His announcement came as a half-surprise to us. We’d been aware that he wasn’t the greatest lover of touring and being in the studio is where he is happiest but considering how far we’ve come together, it was disappointing that he’d chosen to leave. However, It can’t have been an easy decision for him to make and we wish him all the very best. We’re thankful for the amazing times we’ve had together and proud of what we’ve achieved so far of which he was a huge part.
Finding someone to fill Luke’s shoes (or lack of, if you consider his penchant for going barefoot on stage) was never going to be easy. We even considered importing from Austin, Texas at one point but realised that it would probably prove impractical in the long term. Turns out we only had to look as far as West London to find the considerable guitar talents of Mr Matthew White. He’s a quiet spoken skyscraper of a man with a gentle soul and a shared appreciation of the finer things in life such as artisan coffee, good music and quality luggage. He’s a perfect fit on many levels and in a short space of time, he’s dovetailed into the band beautifully. Losing Luke has been like breaking a leg. It was painful at the time followed by a period of limping but we’re now running at full speed and we’re going to keep on going. As sad as it was to see Luke go. We’ve all invested far too much to let his departure hold us back and there are many exciting times ahead.
Östersund is still a fair distance away and the roads are becoming increasingly treacherous. It’s dark now, very dark. There is no light pollution up here and our headlights illuminate only an icy road ahead lined with trees, their branches heavy with snow. It seems as though we’ve been driving a lot longer than the estimated 8 hours travel time but that’s probably down to the fact that we’re driving at 30mph to avoid sliding off a bend in the road.
So, if you happen to be knocking about Östersund tomorrow (wed) night, maybe we’ll see you. If not, the arrival of “White Bear” is fast approaching and we’ll be bringing it to a town near you soon.
Stay tuned…
2018-08-28T23:33:00+00:00November 25th, 2015|

3 Bulleits Revealed!

Watch Phil give the lowdown on “3 Bulleits” on the first in a series of videos giving the background on tracks from our new album “White Bear”.

Get the new album ‘White Bear’ now: https://www.thetemperancemovement.com/whitebear

All tour dates & tickets: https://thetemperancemovement.com/live


2016-01-15T16:57:46+00:00November 16th, 2015|

Sweden, Here we come!

We will soon be in Sweden for a string of dates to showcase material from our forthcoming album “White Bear”.
We look forward to seeing you on the following dates…
Nov 21…Plan B, Sunhultsbrunn
Nov 22…Arenabolaget, Linköping
Nov 23…Clarion Hotel, Örebro
Nov 25…Storsjöteatern, Östersund
Nov 26…EStreet, Sundsvall
Nov 27…Kulturgaraget, Avesta
Nov 28…Tryckhallen, Falkenberg
Nov 30…Kulturhuset, Halmstad
Dec 01…Katalin, Uppsala
Dec 02…The Tivoli, Helsingborg

For all upcoming live dates, click HERE

2015-11-15T20:19:33+00:00November 15th, 2015|

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