The Temperance Movement (vocalist Phil Campbell, bassist Nick Fyffe, guitarists Paul Sayer and Matt White, drummer Damon Wilson) released “White Bear,” the highly anticipated follow up to their self-titled debut album, which spawned the hit single, “Take It Back.” Fueled by their inclusion in iHeartRadio’s ‘On The Verge’ developing artist program, the song quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart last spring. They were tapped by the Rolling Stones to be the opening act at their show in Orlando in 2015. They previously opened for the Stones in 2014 in Berlin, Vienna, Zurich and Dusseldorf. They continue to bring the raucous new rock ‘n roll animal to the U.S. with an in-progress tour that concludes October 20 in Nashville. Here are the Temperance Movement’s guitarist Paul Sayer’s favorite places in the U.S…
My favorite place to visit in the U.S…. (this week!) is Nashville. It’s a city which has so much of what I love in one place, and it’s much easier to get around and do things than NYC or LA. First of all I’ll hit Carter Vintage Guitars to see what they’ve got in stock. They always have some amazing guitars there, but it’s also a really nice place to spend a couple of hours. After that, if there’s any money left in my bank account, I’ll head over to Five Points Pizza in East Nashville for a slice and a beer!
Everyone should visit…New York City at least once in their lives. It may be one of the more obvious places in the U.S. to visit, but not without good reason. There’s nowhere else like it on earth and I’m sure most people that visit dream of living there at some point in their lives, even if just temporarily. I’ve read and heard so much about the problems Detroit has faced over the last few years, but when I visited there last month it was one of my favorite nights of the tour. We had an awesome show there at the Fillmore, and there seems to be bars and restaurants opening up all over the place and a lot of creativity happening in the city. The change is really noticeable even since I was previously there two years ago so I can’t wait to go back later in the year.
My favorite restaurant in the U.S. is…It’s tough to pick a favorite restaurant in the whole of the U.S., especially as so much of our time on tour is spent trying to find the best local food before the show. A great meal that real sticks in my mind from our last tour was at a restaurant called Empire Chinese Kitchen in Portland, Maine. Lobster is the local specialty in Portland and the lobster dumplings here were pretty special! I reckon I ate 10 times my body weight in tacos during the three months we were in the U.S., and the clear winner for me was the Tuna Taco at Tower 7 by Wrightsville beach in Wilmington, NC.
Some of my favorite U.S. cities are…As well as the big, famous cities across the U.S., there are loads of smaller places which you don’t hear so much about that can often be a really nice surprise. Portland, Maine is a great place, especially if you’re into good seafood, which is often overshadowed by its West Coast namesake. South Burlington is somewhere I knew nothing about until I had a show and a day off there this year. It was the first day off we’d had for a few weeks and the perfect place to spend it – it kind of reminded me of Cornwall in the U.K. in a funny way. Our last U.S. show of the tour was at The Tractor Tavern in Ballard, outside Seattle. It’s a very hip neighborhood which I reckon a lot of visitors to Seattle miss out on, but it’s definitely worth the visit.
A favorite rest stop in the U.S. is…Texas has a chain of gas stations called Buc-ee’s – they’re huge and bizarre. They have a massive selection of sweets, nuts and popcorn. Often when we’re on the road we keep our eyes out for Panera Bread. Although we’d always prefer to find a local restaurant sometimes it’s just not possible and you know when you see the Panera logo from the highway that you’re going to be able to get a healthy lunch.
My favorite airport in the U.S. is…We recently played at Ride Festival in Telluride and the festival organizers very kindly picked us up from Denver in a small plane. I fly so much these days that if I’m not trying to get to sleep I normally have my headphones in, and I rarely look out the window, but the flight from Denver into Telluride was the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. The runway for the airfield at Telluride is built on the edge of a cliff so the approach to land is equally beautiful and terrifying.