I love this venue, The Moon in Cardiff. A small capacity venue, where music posters, band stickers and graffiti adorn almost every wall and the low lighting gives it a gritty, grunge feel. Perfect for any guitar driven gig!
First up for the night are ‘The Caspiens’ and the crowd are slowly starting fill the floor, the stage is small and low compacting both band and crowd together giving an intimate feel. Heavy rhythm and blues driven guitar fills the stage and the energy is starting to lift. The band look and feel very comfortable and I’m starting to get hints of later ‘Kings of Leon’ throughout the set, bluesy rock and roll, think the ‘Come Around Sundown’ album and your not far off the sound that’s coming through. They are very well received with a few songs gaining more praise from the crowd than others but all in all very positive. This is my first time to catch these local lads live and after having heard good things I can say that they didn’t disappoint, as the opening band they’ve got the energy up and there were definitely a few tunes in the set that I know I’ll be huming in a few days time, which is always a good thing.
Second up we have newcomers ‘Violet Walk’. Just before they are about to go on I’m suddenly feeling a little claustrophobic and make my way a little further back towards the bar. It’s no wonder, there’s been an abrupt influx of the crowd and the floor is now jam packed shoulder to shoulder. This has definitely raised my attention and I’m eager to see what’s to come. It’s not disappointing! The opening song is syth driven guitar pop rock and it’s something else! As a double female fronted guitar band they are already oozing uniqueness on the scene but it now sounds to me like they’ve got the music to back it up, harmonies, harmonies and more harmonies between the two lead vocals are absolutly incredible! As the set goes on its starting to turn into sweaty packed madness, the type of gig I fucking love! So I make my way back to the front of the crowd. It’s hard to put a single genre on this band, the opener was more indie pop, there are a few that I’d put under indie rock and then there’s some heavier soulful rock tunes thrown in. One influence that keeps cropping up in my mind however is the Fleetwood Mac vibe they’re giving me! I can’t even say that there is a single front woman to the band as they seem equally comfortable taking the centre stage and both are equally comfortable standing back for the other. The set comes to a close with an absolute belter, one of the more rock and roll tunes of the set and the band say many thank you’s and the crowd dissipates. After only a 30 minute gig I’m left feeling that I definitely want to see more of this band! They’re unique, they held the crowd and there’s something very special going on with the stage presence between the two front woman. Most certainly a band to watch in the future in mind.
Third up on the bill we have ‘Bandicoot’. Now having already seen this band a handful of times I already know what’s coming but I always try to remain impartial when critiquing a gig. But as soon as they start it’s out the fucking window because I love these lads! You know those bands where as soon as they start playing their tunes you just can’t help but have a dance? That’s Bandicoot! With an alt/indie undercurrent to the tunes I’m thinking ‘Joy Division’ and I can’t help but dance along! Frontman Rhys Underdown is confident and keeps it fresh throughout the set playing guitar and throwing in some saxophone on a few tunes which brings a whole new dynamic to the set and if anything just makes you want to dance even more. The crowd love it and they go down a storm. This is the type of band that delivers consistently, just pure happy beat music that keeps you going, very enjoyable!
Now as I’ve already stated, do not take my word, go and check these bands out yourself! You might find something you love or you might find something you hate, either way it’ll be your own opinion and your own experience!