Temperance League has been overturning the old-guys-can’t-rock notion since solidifying as a sextet three years ago; and they’re doing so at a pace that should shame many younger acts, kicking out blitzkrieg jams on a relentless basis.
The band’s singles and 2 LPs-released through their own Like, Wow! label—were recorded with famed producer Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Wilco, Lets’ Active) at his Fidelitorium Studio in Kernersville, NC. The songs channel the band’s forebears, including ¬ery elements of the MC5, Ramones, Springsteen, Tom Petty and even the Byrds, all in a vintage-sounding blend of swagger and catharsis. But what sounds raw and feral belies the craftsmanship that’s gone into these tracks. The two-guitar attack of Shawn Lynch and Chad Wilson tears through muscular rhythms-delivered by drummer David Kim and bassist Eric Scott and ably decorted by keyboardist Jay Garrigan. Hazel, meanwhile, shouts out common-man aphorisms and left-leaning agit-prop like the possessed o spring of Joe Strummer and The Boss. Decades spent slugging it out in the service industry provides him with plenty of narrative vigor and vitriol.
As energized as their albums sound, it’s live that the Temperance League really plugs into its strengths. The live chops are formidable, having been honed in some of the Queen City’s best bands of recent years, including Lou Ford, Benji Hughes, Les Dirt Clods, the Fence Lions and Buschovski, among others. It’s a veteran lineup, in other words, playing music we traditionally associate with younger generations.
But while youthful rockers ¬nd punk energy and inspiration in the hunger to make their mark, this band is powered by something maybe even more urgent-the ticking clock.
- When: Saturday, July 23rd
- Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Location: Belmont Abbey College Island
- Cost: Free and open to the public
- Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine