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A brief chat with the Temperance Movement


British blues rockers the Temperance Movement are based in London, though Scottish singer Phil Campbell commutes from Glasgow. The band has a longer journey, to Colorado this Thursday to play the Marquis. We spoke to Campbell about it all.B

Yellow Scene: When did the band form, and what was the mission?

Phil Campbell: We formed at the end of 2011. It started as a sort of a bit of a romp. I was singing with other people but getting bored and wanted to do something different. It was a nice thing. We recorded, and got a couple of good breaks. We went to Sweden and got into Europe. There wasn’t a big plan – we just wanted to see what we could do.

YS: What is the state of the UK scene right now?

PC: I suppose it’s fairly vibrant in London. There’s a lot of live music. I live in Glasgow, but I know London from when I lived there years ago.

YS: Have you played Colorado before?

PC: Yeah. We played the Fillmore in February I think. We were backing up another band, and it was quite a snowy night.

YS: What can we expect from the set?

PC: I think that we are celebrating a very happy and adventurous year. It was very nice to get to America, having had the breaks that we’ve had this year. We pride ourselves on being the band that everybody wants to go see. We learned a lot in America.

YS: When this tour’s done, what’s next?

PC: I want to travel, and I want to take my family to see all of the places I’ve seen on my own.

The Temperance Movement plays at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 at the Marquis Theater; 2009 Larimer St., Denver; 303-487-0111; $10.67-$15.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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