The Sound Of South Wales

27 04 2008

It started with the Lostprophets, Funeral For A Friend followed suit, then all of a sudden the ‘Sound of South Wales’ was everywhere, from bands like You, Me at Six and Kids in Glass Houses, to American bands like Madina Lake.  Its that highly polished sound, where there is a slightly nasaly lead singer and lots of twangy guitars.  I’m not going to deny it, I quite like the ‘Sound of South Wales’, but I reckon that fairly soon I will be a bit sick of it, like the Brit Pop era when every man and his dog wanted to sound like Oasis.  Anyway, I havn’t done that good a job describing it so I have linked the Myspaces of those bands so that you can see for yourself.

The reason that I am writing this is because I went to a gig last night with the Housemate (He drove, so I was drinking, drinking leads to honesty apparantly and doing things that I may later regret.) and the Sound of South Wales was in evidence in spades.  Mostly because there were 2 Welsh bands playing.  First band up was Canterbury, who I have just found out have recorded their first album.  They were really good live, and their guitarist was excellent.  One of their songs made the hairs on my arms stand up, so that was good sign.  I don’t know what it is called but its not on myspace so I can’t even find out.  Next band up were Viva Machines who were also really good, and Welsh so they had the ‘Sound of South Wales’.  Followed by The Automatic.

I was a big fan of the Automatic, they stood out from the crowd arount the time of their first album by having a sense of humour and a guy that shouted on the songs.  Now they seem to have lost some of that, and the shouty one has left the band.  Their new songs sounded quite good and the old ones sounded as brilliant as everespecially Monster and Raoul, but it was a bit annoying that they came on late and then didnt play an encore.  I know that they don’t have to, but it would have been nice…

Talking of the Sound of South Wales I bought Under the Counter the new album by Goldie Lookin Chain a while ago.  I love the GLC they have been around for a while and have recorded some genius stuff, so why is this album so poor.  My guess is that being dropped by your record label doesn’t help.  Someone sign them to get them good again.

Safe as fuck clart!  You Knows it.

Andyspex signing out Two Thousand plus Eight.  Tidy!


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