Great news for hardworking Llandudno indie band Catfish & The Bottlemen, they’re getting Radio One airplay – first off Zane Lowe, and now off Sara Cox. The forthcoming and pretty fucking excellent single, Rango is slick and neat, and so it should be, it was recorded at Abbey Road. Courteous Thief drummer, Al Matthews (he’ll always be 4Q‘s Cumi Pants to me) said, ‘I really hope they make it big; North Wales needs a ‘massive’ band.’ – I couldn’t agree more, and that’s despite hating what Radio One has become! Listen here…

GallopsThis might be old news to some, but Wrexham’s Gallops have split up. Not long after the release of their pretty amazing album ‘Yours Sincerely, Dr Hardcore,’ which earned them several plays on 6music. Speaking to drummer Dave Morait at Gwyl Gardd Goll Festival last weekend he said it was a case of ‘splitting up or killing each other. So in order to preserve our friendships we split as the pressure of being constantly on tour was taking it’s toil on us.’
I find a lot of bands will split soon after a release, it’s almost like a build up of tension, excitement and expectation. All that hard work writing, recording mixing, promoting and touring up to an eventual record coming out, and once it does it can feel like a let down. ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE!! Not only Gallops, but off the top of my head I can recall Thyrd Eye, Homespun, Braxton Hicks, Iris3 and infamously and ironically on the day of their album being released so did The Heights. I say ironically, as Dave Gallops is now drummer for We Are Animal who are fronted by ex Heights member Owain Ginsberg.

lemmyMotorhead‘s Lemmy had to cut short a set at Wacken Festival (02.08.13) after falling ill. It had been reported that the fearsome rocker has been suffering of late. Lemmy was brought up on Anglesey and played played in local late 60s bands DeeJays, Sundowners, Sapphires. Legend has it that he used to work at the Hotpoint factory in Llandudno Junction but was sacked for having his hair too long before he joined Hawkwind from whom he was expelled “for taking the wrong drugs”. Motorhead’s original name was Bastard – the name change came about because no promoter would touch them.
We wish him a speedy recovery.

Amlwch’s Chemical Town will be the third release on link2wales records with a 4-track EP which is being mastered right now! Release should hopefully be in a couple of weeks. Soon to follow that will be ranting punk-rapping anarchists Radio Rhydd, who have agreed to record a couple of new angry tracks for release…

Lots and lots of gigs coming up in North Wales, and many a fine festival too – once the link2wales crew have recovered from a 5 day / 200 bands session at Rebellion in Blackpool, we’ll be reporting back from North x North Wales in Bangor, which has a stellar line-up, Gwyl Gwydir in Llanrwst, The Dirty Weekend in Wrexham and Festival No.6 in Portmeirion… Check out the Gig Guide for more info…