It’s on… No it’s not… Yes it is…
This gig was originally scheduled for Y Llangollen in Bethesda – but with the pub / venue closing (then re-opening), and the gig being pulled at short notice, before being rearranged at even shorter notice (in like a few hours), it was always going to be an intimate affair.

My initial plan was to come out and enjoy the gig and go home, satisfied having seen a great band… I still did that, but feel compelled to write about it too…
Now there’s only so many ways to skin a cat… So writing about a band who are recently well written by me already doesn’t make much sense.. There’s little point… And yet…

You’d also be forgiven after looking at the picture above that I was at some kind of chilled folk gig… Looks, in this case are very deceptive.

The one thing that Wrexham’s Orient Machine are not, is chilled. I’d go as far to say they are a sprung coil, wound so tight that the only thing that releases them are these excellent songs.
I’m guessing they performed their forthcoming début album from start to finish, which only frustrates me as I want to own it NOW! It’ll twist you and turn you and I’m beginning to realise why recorded output seems continually delayed with this band… Moz (for Orient Machine are his baby) – he is a perfectionist, probably bordering on neurotic.
How many bands would even know (or care) there was the wrong gate-reverb on the vocals while playing live? Enough to even stop a song, berate the sound man, and start again?
There’s an edge to the set, Moz cusses, and makes side glances at the rest of the band when he spots something not quite note perfect or beat-perfect that no one else would ever spot. Orient Machine have Jason on drums, Stokes on bass and Jess on guitar, and they are perfect…


Before all this, we had a stripped down and short version of Castles, who are a stripped down version of We Are Animal – this time the camera doesn’t lie, it was folky, with an odd bontempi drum machine going on. Those in ‘the know’ were telling me how good a ‘full line up’ Castles actually are, so it was noted down for future reference.

Orient Machine have just played Focus Wales and two or three dates in Edinburgh. So sticking Bangor on the map too culminates as a UK tour… Jokes aside, this is a band you have to see. The sheer energy, the mind boggling construction of their songs and those few killer hook-lines that slap you in the chops.
The Shame gets me (and everyone) every time, it’s been around a while and never fails to thump you as you marvel at time-signatures, the speed of the guitars and that skull-cracking chord change in the chorus. However, here to usurp it is the new and absolutely fucking incredible new single Amity… It’s out May 12th… You need this song / album / band in your life…

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