Live Review: Tempermental

The Lucky Strike  Hollywood, CA


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Players: Kristina Van Horst, vocals; Ruby Imes, bass; Marilaine, guitar; Miles Elze, drums  

Material: Tempermental, The Band is an all-girl group, with the exception of the drummer, playing kick-ass, molten metal/rock & roll at its finest. The songs are grown-up songs that are well written and arepresented in a professional format. The music hits you hard in the face and is reminiscent of the Runaways, but on steroids. Hard rockin’ metal explodes into a thunderous blast that could wake the dead and then summon the gods of music to stand up and take notice. 

Musicianship: It is excellent, considering these performers are so young. Not only is the music well written, the choreography and background vocals are presented in such a fun manner that is seems flawless and perfect. Talking about perfection, the rhythm section is just that; Flawless! The drumming is spot-on and consistently on time. So solid was Elze at this show that Imes had to keep up and be there. Together, they were superb. The guitars are very good. Marilaine has good, rhythmic chops and, coupled with juicy, titillating solos, she fits right in with the program.

Performance: This set was really good. Temperamental generates an excitement that not too many bands can produce. Van Horst is a great front-person and she’s not afraid to take hold of the mic and wail into it. Her vocals are very good and she gets her point across with ease. Her vocals shined, in particular, on their version of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak.” It was meaner and more in-your-face than the original and Tempermental made it their own.

Summary: Whoever said fishnet stockings, short skirts and loud music is out, clearly hasn’t heard of, nor seen, Temperamental, The Band. Songs like “Tonight,” with its Led Zeppelin-ish undertones and Queensryche-ish solo, and “Strawberry Short-Death,” with its classic Marshall tone and hard-hitting rhythm, and an extraordinarily superb version of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name Of,” take you on a journey from past to present. If you like it hard, heavy and loud, this is the band to check out. WhooAhh, sexiness is back! – Pierce Brochetti