Reviews

Catch up on the latest album and gig reviews from the writers here at CRASH!

ISLAND / Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff | 22nd of May

ISLAND cultivated a mesmerising performance and their enjoyment of performing was infectious. They put a lot of feeling into their gig, which furthered its visual quality. Their songs generally consisted of distorted electric guitar riffs which, paired with bass and drums, had a relaxed, dream-like quality.

Wyvern Lingo / The Louisiana, Bristol | 17th of May

Harmonies are but a part of Wyvern Lingo’s impressive repertoire.

Laying to bare their throes, woes and considerations, the young Irish trio glided through acoustic hymns and rhythmic indie pop on Thursday evening. We responded accordingly. There’s an Éire of great talent in each of them, and in each moment that Caoimhe Barry or Karen Cowley take the lead to emotively twist their tales.

Oshun / The Fleece, Bristol | 15th of May

Oshun discussed the origin of their title in a recent interview: ‘a West African traditional deity…a goddess who governs over sweet waters’. This benevolent figure in Yoruba religion marks the duo’s project as one of grandiose intention.

Beans on Toast / The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool | 11th of May

It’s the 11th of May 2018, in the heart of Liverpool’s sprawling docklands, and Beans on Toast is getting ready to perform as he never quite has before – in front of a seated audience. At the Invisible Wind Factory, with Emilio Pinchi and Boss Caine set to support, this is going to be a night to remember.

Too Many Zooz / The Marble Factory, Bristol | 10th of May

Now then, Too Many Zooz is a kooky expression isn’t it? If someone pointed a finger or a trumpet at me and said that in a semi accusatory tone I’d go right ahead and assume I was displaying an excess of something I don’t even know. Well those three names up there and the instruments next to them are Too Many Zooz. Fittingly, that implacable abundance is precisely what you get from their high octane showings. I’m not even sure how to write about them.

The Herbaliser / The Fleece, Bristol | 7th of May

Those at The Fleece on Monday were fortunate enough to catch the final show of The Herbaliser’s UK tour. A strong crowd and an even stronger ensemble of musicians (8 in total) – all seemingly indefatigable in the midst of Bank Holiday heat – saw out the long weekend in style.

Vida / Jimmy’s, Manchester | 5th of May

Brought to you by This Feeling, Scottish five-piece Vida took to the stage at Manchester’s own indie music hub, Jimmy’s on Saturday 5 May. Branded by rock and roll icon Noel Gallagher himself, This Feeling is set to be “The best club in the UK for future rock n roll stars”, making it unsurprising that up along with support acts Anhedonia and Wulfman Fury, Vida brought to the stage an energetic fresh take on Britpop.

Bonnacons of Doom / Argenta | CRASH Presents

Bonnacons of Doom return to the scene with another of their trademarked soundscapes, this time, bringing five minutes of atmospheric bliss in the form of their new single Argenta.

Vacations / The Lanes, Bristol | 4th of May

Vacations were the ones taking the stage at The Lanes in Bristol on this particular Friday night, May 4th 2018, greatly backed by Spang Sisters as well. Both of these bands are what I would describe as modern-day indie pop, with dreamy guitars and melodies galore. Sounds great, right? Well here’s my answer: it’s like another experience.

Akua Naru / The Fleece, Bristol | 2nd of May

On Wednesday, Naru performed in Bristol at The Fleece. Lights of blues and greens flicked across the stage as she appeared before the crowd, barefoot, following an instrumental intro from her (supremely talented) five-piece band.

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