For anyone growing up in Wales, albeit in the capital city, it’s a struggle getting any type of music out onto the scene. Unless it’s so manufactured that any average Joe could do it.  Although Welsh stereotypes are factually inaccurate (colour TV’s are now accessible), Wales has not been blessed with such talents, as the Stereophonics or the Manic Street Preachers, with fresh material for quite some time, is that about to change?

Tibet are four teenage lads from Cardiff breaking onto the Indie/Rock scene with their debut album ‘Above the Moon’ (27th May 2016). 

Opening with ‘I’ll put you in my pocket,’ a captivating track which gets you up to speed with where this band is at right from the first listen. With a melody as catchy and memorable as a classic Kaiser Chief riff, it disguises the fact that the first verse is sung almost completely monotone, a simple effect layered by a melodic guitar and vocal harmonies.

Bringing down the tempo with the second track off the album, ‘My Girl’ seeming more of a Beck inspired tune, sophisticated and well tooled, makes it almost inconceivable that Tibet are a group of teenagers producing such mature sounds.

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‘Fridge,’ comprised of simple melodies in the verses, brought together by an explosive chorus, very much a Jekyll and Hyde type track that builds at each chorus. Having already been played by Radio 1’s Annie Mac, ‘Fridge’ will both excite and exhaust you, in a good way. 

Above the Moon is ultimately an upbeat album (with the exception of  ‘My Girl’) with essences of various artists, notably, ‘In My Head’ revealing an uncanny resemblance to a Libertines track (I’m sure you’ll guess which one when you hear it).  However, Tibet have proven that they have picked up from where tired indie/rock sounds have left off and are doing great things already. 

The closing line to the album comes in ‘Tell The Worldyet another lively energetic piece where lead singer, Joel Hertz expresses ‘I’m ready to leave this old town’ and if this primal album is anything to go by, it won’t be long until they do.

This Tibet article was written by Stevie Kershaw, a GIGsoup contributor

Tibet 'Above the Moon' - ALBUM REVIEW

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