Posts Tagged ‘Cardiff’

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard possess this vital authenticity that not many acts today can match them on. Their genuine love for what they do comes out in their boisterous and ever theatrical live shows and now also in their recorded output – a rich pot of brazen flamboyance and melodic impressiveness. ‘Late Night City’ – already a strong favourite live for band and audience – cements the group as a great tip for a celebratory 2019.

The group, led by the animated Thomas Rees and honed rhythmically by Ethan Hurst, Eddie Rees and Zac White, nurture their music on equal parts golden era songwriting and a contemporary zealousness. ‘Late Night City’ combs through another hedonistic evening that with the turn of a foreboding dawn finds the frontman in a psychedelic limbo of guitar shredding and exasperated harmonies. A liberating kick in your dancing shoes to the man, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are flying high.

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The new single from one of our emerging Cardiff acts Silent Forum. With shades of XTC and Idlewild this is a slowly building hymn to community and looking after your friends.

‘Safety in Numbers’ is the third single released by this Cardiff based Post-Punk / New Wave four piece Silent Forum on Libertino out on the 10th of May. Following on from the swaggering, off-kilter, infectious pop energy of ‘How I Faked The Moon Landing’ and ‘Robot’, ‘Safety in Numbers’ explores a far more reflective musical landscape. This is a song that “expresses the importance of looking after your friends……that time will forget us, but that our relationships are the most meaningful thing we can achieve in life.”


Performing under the name Silent Forum since late 2015, the four-piece deemed Wales‘ most promising band blends shadowy Post Punk with uplifting, inspiring New Wave. They move unpredictably from serious and direct to playful and overblown. Since they signed to Libertino records their sound has taken an ambitious turn, They have an eagerly awaited debut album set for release later this year.

Novo will be performing at SXSW 2019

Novo Amor, a.k.a. singer-songwriter Ali Lacey, pieces together his songs using only the finest and most fragile organic ingredients: lightly plucked acoustic guitars and banjos, tender bits of piano, subtle string sweeps. But most exquisite of all is Lacey’s own falsetto — imagine Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, but more straightforwardly angelic — Novo Amor sends the whole arrangement hurtling heavenward.


The Welsh multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter whose 2018 album “Birthplace” is packed full of cinematic soundscapes undercut with more than a little melancholy.

Lifted from the ‘Bathing Beach’ EP out May 26th on vinyl and digital

Lunar Bird are the result of a long artistic journey through various projects and experiments. Influences on the band include The Cure, David Bowie, The Beatles, Beach House, The Strokes, Deerhunter, Björk and Elliott Smith.
Forming in Italy before moving to the Welsh capital, Cardiff’s Lunar Bird emerged from relative local obscurity in August 2018 with their excellent debut EP ‘Daydreamer’. All four songs on this release, particularly the excellent ‘Six Dull Dumb Eyes’, showcase a real talent for composing melodic and memorable space pop. With more releases surely in the offing, it seems only a matter of time before excitement about Lunar Bird spreads beyond South Wales.


Band Members

Roberta Musillami – vocals, synthesizers
Eliseo Di Malto – bass
Andrea Rizzo – drums, guest musician

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Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are the next cab on the rank from the Cardiff scene. Possessed of a playful take on the glam rock of the 1970s, led by Tom Rees and joined by Ed Rees on bass, Zac White on guitar and Ethan Hurst on drums. They are distilling the thrill of early Rolling Stones and T.Rex and stamping it with the Buzzard style and wit, their shows have elicited wild scenes in recent months.

Splicing the classicism with an individual wit, a cheeky grin, and an array of stone cold hip shaking rockin’ tunes. Having appeared on a split EP last year with Boy Azooga on cool Cardiff imprint Bubblewrap it marked Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard out as a coming force, now with their moniker trebled Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and an album apparently in the can, they are certainly ones to watch this coming year.

Their debut single proper ‘Double Denim Hop’ confirms it. An ode inspired by the confidence inspired by wearing two pieces of denim, this urgent rock’n’roll splattered track is infused with effervescent energy that is somehow both redolent of the Sweet‘s Blockbuster and T.Rex‘s ‘Ride a White Swan’yet isn’t a boring homage to either. Reassuringly, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, this tune swaggers down the street with nifty guitar licks and vocal lip curls like the New York Dolls on their holidays, bursting into a super singalong chorus, far from pastiche this is utterly addictive, get up and dance now!

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So, we’re chuffed to announce that on Saturday Oct 21st we will bring you SWN2017 a day of musical discovery across Cardiff.

Where we once span this out across a weekend, we’ve this year made it leaner and meaner: one wristband, one day of new music as part of SWN festival. Sŵn will serve as a climactic finish to the festival, and we’ve left Sunday clear for you to nurse hangovers and head home with ears full with ace new sounds.

Tickets are available now for £30 via the website, where you can also check out the first wave of announcements –


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This annual Easter weekend indoor family festival isn’t really for fans of Indiepop, a genre that covers primarily independent DIY jingly-jangly guitar bands loaded with catchy pop hooks.

Amongst the line-up this year are 6Music faves Honeyblood and Girl Ray, along with the Brian Wilson-esque talents of BC Camplight, the ever witty Chris T-T and the noisy punky-pop of Joanna Gruesome. Two rooms of live bands plus DJs, stalls, cakes, balloons and bunting ensure a good time for parents and children alike.