On the hottest day of the year so far anybody that witnessed this gig was lucky enough to see some of the hottest talent from south Wales.
The music industry was not born in big stadiums and festivals. It doesn’t run on huge £60+ shows. It runs on shows in tiny basements with a lineup of young raw talent and some very sweaty punters. It runs on small venues and promoters who do it for the love of music, and in the hope that one of the bands on the bill might one day make it. Tonight was one of these nights.
The night opened with Parish, a young band with a lot of potential, whose insatiable energy was reflected by the crowd. Their brand of energetic indie rock went down a storm – not something you often see for a first band at a gig – with mosh pits and dancing all through the set.
They then made way for Amber who brought the same level of intensity to their set. With a slightly more polished yet still raw modern indie sound they fed off the energy of the crowd. The band from Cwmbran showcased how to be an excellent support band, whipping the crowd into a frenzy before passing on the baton.
Next up were Wetpainttt, a slightly older band to the rest of the line-up which showed as they brought a more complete sounding performance to the tiny stage. With a sound somewhere between blues and frantic indie rock they were, as the gig panned out, a breather from the frantic fast pace of the other three bands. However, they still maintained the energy of the gig keeping the punters sweaty, the room hot and the atmosphere buzzing.
Headline band The Fused took to the stage faced with an already sweltering, worn out and sweaty venue. This is almost as much of a challenge as facing a venue with no atmosphere whatsoever and yet the band from Cardiff pushed the crowd to expel that last ounce of energy before the night was up. With clever, honest annd early Arctic Monkey-esc lyrics about life in Cardiff coupled with a sound and persona comparable to Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Fused showed the crowd that they mean business and could really go places in the future.
The Fused announced during the show they would be playing Cardiff festival HOYFEST in November along with Amber.
They also will play Hub Festival in Cardiff along with Wetpainttt at the end of August.
This Fused review was written by Luke Priestley, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.