The Elwins
The Elwins

THE ELWINS – Clwb Ifor Bach (23rd February 2016) – LIVE REVIEW

This Elwins article was written by Bethan Brace, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.

Following the release of  their second studio album ‘Play For Keeps’, The Elwins are moving ever closer to breaking the international market, with a 19 date European headline tour.

Support for their first ever performance in Wales was provided by the psychedelic trio HMS Morris, and the dulcet tones of Rozelle.

The most noticeable thing about The Elwins is how happy they are.  From Feurd’s moustache to Frankie Figliomeni’s flowery shirt, everything about this band is a refreshing change from the standard ‘tortured artist’ look most musicians tend to emulate.

On seeing their energetic, lively and effortlessly delightful performance style, it is clear why the band are such a success in their native Canada.  Their unique sound encompasses aspects of surf, pop and indie music, creating an electric atmosphere during live performance.  From jumping around in the audience to inter-band banter, this is a band who clearly love to entertain.  Everything about The Elwins’ performance style is incredibly engaging and audience-centred.

The band’s musical prowess and diversity was emphasised with a truly exceptional indie cover of Adele’s ‘Hello’.  Their take on the song was enough to make you forget that it isn’t an original track, let alone that it is a cover of a ballad.

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By the end of the night everyone was dancing, grinning and seemed to be high on life.  This fantastically fun live performance brought a new edge and depth to the summery pop that isn’t delivered to the same extent on their albums tracks.

The Elwins are a band that clearly deserve to be far bigger than they are.  They are simply superb live.

The Elwins – ‘Play For Keeps’ is out now via Affairs of the Heart Records.

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