Perhaps a little over the top with the title there, but I'd just like to take a minute or two of your time to tell you how great the alternative music scene is here in Cardiff.
The release of the 2006 compilation 'This town ain't big enough for the 22 of us
' highlighted how deliciously varied and how wonderfully alive the sounds coming out of our small city were in that particular year. 2007 sounds as though it's going to be even better.
Last night we popped out to see retro-pop nutters Attack + Defend
, who were celebrating the release of their single, Garibaldi
. The three brothers sounded great, this (I believe) was their first major gig since the loss of band member and all round nice guy Mase (the bass). Mase actually made a brief appearance on stage and joined in on a couple of tracks, which was great to see and excellent to hear. How many bands do you know 'play' a computer keyboard as an instrument? Check them out.
Attack + Defend, nutters.
Supporting A+D, and attracting a fair bit of attention themselves, were Heck
. Remnants of two former Cardiff-based bands have joined forces to produce some wonderful numbers. I can't find anything about them on the net as this was their first gig, instead I'll link you to lead singer and former Sammo Hung
member - Jemma Roper
. Maybe she'll mention the band there.
To underline the thriving-ness of the scene, spotted in the crowd were members of the disturbing Gindrinker
, the excellent Vibration White Finger,
the extremely talented Eugene Francis Jnr
, the new and noisy Space in the 50's
and the relaxing Leave the Capital
- all on their way to wherever the musical gods think they should be.
One band who are almost certain to achieve great things this year, described as "The best Cardiff band who aren't actually from Cardiff
" and "Indie Power Rangers
" amongst other things, are the wonderful Los Campesinos!
If you don't check out any of the other bands mentioned here, please listen to this one - you might even like it. I heard their latest song, 'We throw parties, you throw knives
' on the radio shortly before heading out last night - it did more than get me in the mood. I danced around my room with the volume turned up pretty darn high then stopped because the curtains were open and the girl in the house opposite was looking at me funny, curtains closed - I carried on dancing and I even caught myself singing along. Smashing.
Los Campesinos!, Twee.Top tip for the weekend
:- Don't eat chilli baked-beans, consume several beers and then get a kebab all in the same evening. Belly will hurt. You will smell.