Big Leaves hit their plateau far too early in their career, coming alongside the Super Furries & Gorkys you thought they had it made, much better looking than their mirror cracking counterparts & much more radio friendly songs. For some obscure reason the avant garde SFA went all the way & Big Leaves stayed put. By almost having to start again there is that added hunger about the band that hasn’t been present for a while, they have something to prove & they intend to prove it.

St Asaph’s Mwsog on the other hand are scarely out of wetting the bed while playing the music of 40 year old hippies, so God knows what’ll happen they discover drugs & enter their experimental phase! A 35 minute set with 4 songs, almost to the point of obscene self indulgence yet there is something there, a spark ready to ignite. Mwsog are one those few bands to have gone the opposite way to their peers who are happily biting the heads off Korn fed chickens. You wouldn’t feel an idiot if petals started falling from the sky as the perfect harmonies willowed & wisped their way around the songs. I’d love to see their parents’ record collections!

I haven’t reviewed Pocket Venus cos I’ve done it countless times before; and I’m their manager – but here’s a nice pic of them!

You have to tip your hat to Guto from Clwb Ifor Bach for taking on the stresses & strains of arranging a Theatre Tour; this being their 4th show, & total respect goes to the sound crew who couldn’t be faulted at all.

Big Leaves exude the competance & have the ability you’d expect from a band of this stature, & tonight it’s uncertain whether the audience will have felt short changed had they not played a 17 song set. A little like you eat the chips & peas before tucking into the juiciest chicken kiev, Big Leaves saved the best ‘til last with Automatic, A-Loan, a song that sounded very much I Wanna Be Your Dog, the excellent Electro, that fantastic one with the off the wall Queen style Cae Drws in it, ending with the equally stupendous Albatross borrowed Hodges Blues. What the Texans will make of them next week remains to be seen. Should be fun.

(reviewed by Neil Crud)