Updated: Aug 6, 2018
Indie / alternative band, Monico Blonde, headline Cardiff’s renowned Clwb Ifor Bach for their own hometown party. Supported by This Feeling, the band are set for bigger things after their recent single releases.Opening the night is Lunar Bird, an Italian synth pop band who now reside in Cardiff.With a dreamy, relaxed vibe, the four-piece are the perfect choice to introduce the show. Performing a selection of songs such as ‘Red Kite’ and ‘Swallow Man Aviary’, the small but attentive crowd tap their feet. “We are all from outer space” frontwoman Roberta Musillami pronounces. Ending the set on a heavier note, with instrumental lead from Eliseo Di Malto on bass guitar, the group exhibit their varying sound. Lunar
Bird may be slightly shy, but they do not hold back with their talents; proving they are
great performers. Next up is rock band, Al Moses, from South Wales. Fronted by Jack Shephard and Daf Thomas, the boys live up to their rock and roll image with performance of fan favourite ‘Gutter Rock Moxie’ and their Fred Perry attire – minus Shephard who sports a retro Cardiff Blues shirt and converses with the crowd about the football scores.
Al Moses treat Clwb Ifor Bach to a never before played song, ‘Amateur
Pornography’ and close the set with, ‘He Truly Is The Son Of God’, which they
announce will be released as a single in September. There is true comradeship
displayed between Shephard and Thomas on guitars and the band prove that they
are worthy of being one of ten selected artists on the Forte Project for 2017/18.
As headline act, Monico Blonde, mount their instruments on stage, the crowd cheers
with excitement. But there is a slight delay to their performance due to a technical
issue with Owen Richards’ keyboard; leaving Roberta of Lunar Bird to step in and
lend hers. Richards apologises for it affecting the sound of the performance, but in all honesty, it goes unnoticed and they still sound as great as ever.
The band open the set with popular singles ‘Love Is An Only Child’ and bass heavy
‘Bad Thoughts’. There is also a launch of their new single, ‘When Girls Cry’ which
was released, along with an official video, three days prior. It is clear fans are eager
to hear it performed live for the first time.
Mid set, a speech from lead vocalist and guitarist, Jack Butler, reveals their
unfortunate loss in Pirate Studios’ Pirate Prodigy competition, where they had a
chance to be named one of the U.K’s best emerging acts of the year. But this does
not bring them down – Monico Blonde prove this with the rest of their engaging set.
Butler brings the crowd in and encourages intimacy, announcing that one of the
songs is being filmed. Although with this, some may have felt pressured to enjoy
themselves, the response is mostly genuine. The boys end the set on a high by
kicking it up a notch as Butler switches from an acoustic guitar to an electric, and
gives thanks to the audience for selling out the show, a great achievement.
WORDS AND PHOTOS BY AMY FARRER