Town/Colorama/The Lash/The New Objects

Venue: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Date: 1st March 2012

Could there be a better way to spend St Davids Day than at Cardiff’s legendary venue Clwb Ifor Bach? AMP was proud to be invited to the launch of a new club night showcasing the best in emerging Welsh musical talent, organised by Orchard Entertainment and Wales Online.

Opening the night was Cardiff’s New Objects who were playing their first gig for a year, and their first with their new drummer Guy Martinez. After this opening set I was left amazed that this band have not played live for a year. All members of the band gelled seamlessly as they created a big sound that was perfect for this fantastic venue. The sound drew comparisons to Muse and Radiohead. The vocal performance was very strong and clear throughout, with lead singer Luke pushing his voice as far as he could throughout the set.

For those of you who were around during the last great era of Welsh music the name Carl Bevan will instantly create memories of the time 60ft Dolls were causing the eyes and ears of the music world to turn their attention to South Wales. Carl is now back behind the Drums with a new band called The Lash. The Lash worked their way through an energetic set of good old fashioned Rock n Roll with a twist of soul thrown in to the mix. through the vocals talent of Erin Mac.

Colorama is the name which singer songwriter Carwyn Ellis performs under. Colorama left the audience stunned to silence as he played a beautiful set of songs that are simply wonderful. The set comprised of songs in English and Welsh, both sounding equally inspiring and magical. Carwyn is clearly a man who is exceptionally talented when it comes to composing music and deserves for these songs to be heard by as many people as possible.

Headlining the night was Newport based four piece Town. A band that we included in our ‘ones to watch’ list for 2012. Tonight’s performance provided further evidence that Town are a band for the future. This is a band who are on the cusp of great things. The band played a set that was tight, polished and perfected. Frontman Alex shows that he has everything that is needed to be the next great frontman, as he commands the stage as though it is the most natural thing in the world. With a set comprising of guitar anthem after anthem there is no doubt that Town have the potential to be the next British band to inspire the nation.

If music is your passion, and you have a keen interest in what is happening on your local scene, then I strongly recommend that you keep a look out for future New Wave events.

Steve Tay

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