This compilation came out on FF Vinyl in 2004 and I guess it was intended to showcase the under current of bands in Wales (both North and South) who should have had more recognition (at the time). The bands chosen were very indie, the tracks chosen were very ‘safe’ – almost folky (Gabrielle 25)… Great for a summer’s evening, drinking wine with friends as the sun nestles in the sky. Some lovely tracks on here; The Afternoons instantly recognisable, as are Texas Radio Band with the excellent Chwaraeon. Science are ace, out of tune and quirky with Oh I Hide It Well, and Kentucky AFC offer the punchiest track with Outlaw, while JT Mouse break the rules with the truly off the wall thrashed out Numb. READ MORE »
Posts in category Diary of a Madman
(review by neil crud) (pix by combi chris, crud and david caleb lee)
Old Bangor punk tarmac grinders of yore Anhrefn were a political band. Political in the sense they had social politics to spread, in a sense, like Crass had a message of goodwill to all others to spread while despising the system we/they had to bow to.
Anhrefn’s aims were clear, they knew that they could preach to the converted until their rugged faces turned blue and those disciples would go home happy after their dose of Anhrefn and play their records ad nauseum. READ MORE »
(review by neil crud / pix by michael yaw dally)
I love these kind of events – a hat full of bands, each playing half an hour, therefore not outstaying their welcome, indoors, friendly atmosphere and most importantly – on my doorstep. An hour before soundcheck I was at home making a stir-fry, whereas usually when doing a gig I’d be stuck behind some arse on a motorway or hanging around waiting for the stage doors to be unlocked or the soundman to turn up. Not here… With Kyle Lee in charge of logistics, everything runs like clockwork.
We’ve had a busy coupla weeks at link2wales HQ – I say HQ and ‘we’ like this is some sort of big organisation, but it’s not at all really – it’s mainly myself and err… well, myself. Although MWJ, Dan Read and Rhys Mwyn do send in regular contributions, my Dad keeps the tech side ticking over, and of course the website gets a lot of promotion thanks to those who retweet on Twitter and share on Facebook, and also nice plugs from Adam Walton on BBC Radio Wales and from John Robb on Louder Than War webzine.
The fortnight has been full of highlights, lots of gigs reviews, new videos uploaded by Bright Young People and Braxton Hicks, great blog by Dan Read, controversial one by Rhys Mwyn and I’ve been called a cock twice!
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