An adjective or phrase expressing a quality or attribute regarded as characteristic of the person or thing mentioned; e.g. “Britain; home of the ignorant, arrogant, and scared”.
Alright, so that last bit is the final lyric of Let, one of two new Cassels songs shared alongside the announcement of their debut album. The first part of that duo, Coup, is an angry beast rallying against pre-Brexit apathy; calling for us to be more aware of the state of the world before it’s too late. Its counterpart grew from a rant written the day after those results; and starts vitriolic, then abating some as it sinks into despair.
Twin lyric videos adhere to the band’s DIY motif, as the pair flick food colouring at each other atop an urban roof terrace. The two songs will be included on forthcoming record Epithet, released October 6th via Big Scary Monsters. Alongside a couple launch shows around this date, Cassels have been added as UK support for Single Mothers’ tour the following month, which includes a Cardiff show at Clwb Ifor Bach on November 23rd*.
*That date may or may not be the author’s birthday. She may or may not have danced around her house for a full ten minutes following the announcement. If you’re going to the gig, feel free to buy her a drink! ;p
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.