Friday, March 30, 2012

Charlotte's Temperance League release old school 45s with retro feel

Charlotte rock quintet Temperance League released two new singles earlier this month and by singles I mean two two-track vinyl records - what my mom's generation referred to as 45s and what mine calls seven inches. These tracks are also available as digital downloads for a dollar each, along with the ones Temperance League released this time last year.

The rocking political anthem "No Jobs, More War" is my favorite from that early batch (it appears on the "Freedom From Evil Spirits" three-track download), although I really dig the equally frustrated "Ain't Nobody Listening" too.

The four new songs released this month - "I Don't Wanna" backed with "But I Have To" and "Your World" backed with "Our Fine Romance" - show a different side of Temperance League. Comprised of Charlotte music scene veterans Bruce Hazel, Shawn Lynch, David Kim, Chad Wilson and Eric Scott, Temperance League's previous releases highlighted its rough-edged garage rock while alluding to its roots in `60s rock and soul. The new tracks delve deeper into that `60s garage soul sound. It's easy to imagine them spinning on my step-dad's jukebox when we were growing up.

Both will be available in vinyl form when the group headlines Plaza Midwood Community Radio's fundraiser Friday, March 30 at Snug Harbor. The lineup includes Little Bull Lee, the Bear Romantic, and Asheville's Saint Solitude who begins its East Coast tour here. Show starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free, although a donation of $5 is recommended. The money raised will benefit the Charlotte-based internet radio station, which features local programming and hosts with a big emphasis on local artists. Check it out at

Temperance League's new singles are also available for download here.


  1. Great band. Nice ink.

  2. Poor Chad Wilson.

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