Estrons continue to blaze brightly, tearing their way vividly as always through new single Strobe Lights. The video was filmed at their local rehearsal space with help from a few friends, so if you know Cardiff’s music scene pretty well then look out for some familiar faces (and the ever-recognisable My Name Is Ian shirt). The band will be on tour through autumn, including a set as part of Hoyfest at Cardiff’s The Gate theatre on September 30th.
I’m generally averse to hype bands – if too many people are raving about an artist, they tend to turn out not to be worth my time. Now, call me a hipster if you like, but the truth is that niche music is more interesting and anything that’s accessible enough for all the new music places to love equally, probably isn’t. Occasionally though, something comes along that everyone is talking about just because it’s impossible to ignore. That was Kamikaze Girls‘ Sad EP last year, which as the title suggests, tackles mental health difficulties head on. Now they’re back with debut full length Seafoam , which expands to face a more general disillusionment with being a young person in this modern world, particularly highlighted in the video for Deathcap. While personal factors have contributed to the mood of this album (opener One Young Man is based on real events), it’s the general attitude of just having had enough with the way things are that gives a sense of relatability, and the reason everyone is listening to them. The album is out now via Big Scary Monsters, and the band are on tour next week, including Buffalo in Cardiff on June 29th for DIY Cardiff.
So I don’t know who Himalayas new single is about or what they’ve done, but I’m pretty sure from this Clockwork Orange-inspired video that I’m glad I’m not them too! Thank God I’m Not You is out now, though the official launch show for it isn’t until June 8th in Clwb Ifor Bach.
One of Cardiff’s newest bands making waves already, Silent Forum formed from the ashes of something very different to grab everyone’s attention with debut EP Brief Collapses. Moving on from that though, Limbo is the latest single from the band, with a follow up promised next month. They also play a co-headline show with Mt. Doubt on June 6th, at Gwdihŵ in Cardiff, so get along to that if you’re local.
So I know that everyone was raving about Kamikaze Girls last year after the release of their Sad EP, but somehow I still kind of missed it. Then I watched the video for Berlin and it still didn’t quite click – thankfully somehow I ended up watching it again, and it felt like I’d always known that song. Nope, doesn’t make much sense to me either. Anyway, their debut album Seafoam will be out June 9th, and I’ll definitely be paying attention this time. They’re playing Cardiff not long after too, at Buffalo for DIY Cardiff on June 29th with a bunch of other great bands.
Well, if Strange Cages really are starting a cult, then I have to admit it sounds like one I wouldn’t mind joining… If I can’t be found after the show they’re playing tonight with Vulgarians then it’s probably safe to assume I’ve disappeared down a rabbit hole of twisted, scuzzy psych-punk. Anyway I’d better give you the relevant info before then just in case – Leader Of A Cult will be part of a new EP The Cracks, out in one month (June 16th) and you can see the video below.
So I might be a little old for cyberbullying to have been a thing whilst I was growing up, but the internet is only the latest way for insecure arseholes to take their frustrations out on anyone they don’t understand – I wish this video had been around when I was a teenager! I had my own outsider anthems of course, but this one from Vukovi just sums up so well what deserves to happen to certain people. Never be scared to let your Weirdo dance, and bullies beware! The bands’s self-titled debut album is out now, and they go on tour soon, playing Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on June 1st with Press To MECO and Beach Fatigue.