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Macer – Porth band feat; Leigh and Wilf (both later of Dead Against The Rest). Band split Dec01

Machine Records – Cardiff based CDr label formed 2001 focused on glitchy, leftfield, and experimental electronica. Run by Dan Haines (ex Stereo Minus One) and Alex Collins (of Erin), by 2005 they had become a ‘proper’ label and rel a 12″ EP by Orcop, followed by Redfalls. By Mar10 by had amassed 48 releases (website)

Madassa – band feat; Rich Morris (now of Dr Lewney and The Asylum Seekers). had track on A55 Welsh bands comp LP

Madcap Records – Newport based label, launched Apr02 by Matt Tilbury aimed at lo-fi, punk releases. (po box 1805, Newport NP19 8XH).

Mad Dog – (Jul69-1970) Chicago style Penarth Blues band. John Ingroville (voc) (ex Flood), Paul Stewart (drms) (ex Flood, later Good Habit), David ‘Batman’ Goddard (bass) and Cyril ‘Cid’ Petherick (gtr) (both ex Music Machine and Backbeats). Dave quit and was replaced by Ian Stuart very early on. Most noted for their extraordinary improvisational skills, the band rapidly developed a cult following. This band more than any showed the undoubted vituosity of Cid as one of the outstanding guitarists of his generation. Folded in the summer of 1970 when on the verge of TV appearances and substantial tour plans. Ingroville later front the band bearing his name. Ricky Lewis (bass) (ex Rocking Jays) was also involved at some point

Made In Germany – 5-pc metal band from Aberdare (formed spring03). Feat; Matthew Edwards (gtr), Ryan Lewis (gtr), Richard Boggis (drms), Matthew Williams (bass), James Davies (voc). (website)

Madison – band (2003) feat; Marc (voc), Fletch (drms) both ex Exit420 (website)

Madkaps – Pembrokeshire punk band (formed early04), feat; Brenig Richards (voc,gtr), Matthew Bevan (bass), Tom Cull (drms).

Mad Monks – fanzine of early 90s by Dave Hopkin (now edits Fracture) of Assembly Line distro

Mad World Records – label (late 80s) of Penderyn. Rel Ep by Life Cycle. More info req’d

Magaldi Fankle – prev incarnation of Aberystwyth based Swiss Tony and The Vendors. More info req’d

Mainline – break beats Cardiff outfit formed 1999 orig called Vendetta subsequently known as Underpass

Maisie’s Barn – band (c2007) feat; ex Khagool members Ropey (voc,gtr) and Mike (drms) (later Funhouse). More info req’d

Making Bullets Bleed – Port Talbot screamo band (formed Sep04), feat; Ryan Stanford (voc), Matthew Kearney (gtr), Lee Jones (gtr), Kyle Oats (bass), Dylan Jones (drms). Have rec EP.

Malcontent – fanzine from Brynmor Rd, Swansea (c1988), feat written articles. Ran for at least one issue

Man – Merthyr Tydfil band, (formed 1968). Orig line up: Micky Jones (gtr,voc), Clive John (keys), Ray Williams (bass), Jeff Jones (drms) and Deke Leonard (gtr,voc). Through the years Man have had 14 different line-ups and rec 13 LPs. Micky Jones being the only ever present. Signed to Pye label 1969, rel LPs ‘Revelation’ and ‘Two Ounces Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle’ (read detailed biog)

Manchild – Cardiff based techno outfit feat; Max Odell. MC Naythan the Watcha left the band (Jan 02). Signed to One Little Indian. Appeared on HTV’s This Way Up. Band split but some members emerged as Neotokyo. Max later ran Split Recs

Mandy – pop-punk from Swansea (c2012), feat; Mel Daley

Maniana – Cardiff band (2003), feat; Volente Lloyd (voc) (ex JT Mouse), Nathan Rosser, Stuart Akkermans. Rel Double Eyedrops EP (Jun03) on Volente’s husband’s Dockrad label, she has since rel a solo LP.

Manic Street Preachers –
Blackwood based punk band, formed 1987; feat; James Dean Bradfield (voc,gtr), Nicky ‘Wire’ Jones (bass), Sean Moore (drms). Also still regarded as a member of the band – Richey James Edwards (gtr) despite his unknown whereabouts after his 1995 disappearance. Orig called Betty Blue formed by Nicky. Debut self-financed single Suicide Alley. Signed by Damaged Goods in Jan90 and released EP ‘New Art Riot ‘. By Aug90 they signed Heavenly and rel 2 singles Motown Junk and You Love Us. 21.05.1991 The Manics signed to Sony and in Aug rel Stay Beautiful. Debut album, ‘Generation Terrorists’ (1992) selling 250k copies worldwide. Their first Top 10 entry with Suicide Is Painless. Jun93 ‘Gold Against The Soul’ LP was released. In Aug94 Richey having suffered from ‘nervous exhaustion’ was admitted to a psychiatric clinic just before the ‘The Holy Bible’ LP was released. Feb95 Richey suddenly disappeared. After consultation with Richey’s family, the band decided to continue and made their live comeback on 29.12.95 supporting the Stone Roses. Apr96 A Design For Life went straight at No.2 in the charts and 20.5.96 LP ‘Everything Must Go’ was released. Feb97 the band picked up the Best Band and Best Album at the Brit Awards. Their album, ‘This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours’ rel Sep98. Both LP and the single If You Tolerate This Your Children will be Next both went to the top of the charts, followed by high placings for consecutive singles. A ‘time out’ gap was filled by another No.1 with the ‘back to our roots’ single Masses Against The Classes, before the critically slated No.1 LP ‘Know Your Enemy’ was released. Rel Greatest Hits LP (2002) followed by several albums listed on better sites than this one…

Mannequin – Swansea (?) punk band (c1978), played gig at Pennard Church Hall with Johnny & The Nuforms. More info req’d

The March Hares – brash pop band (c1992), ‘…have the musicianship but lack the energy to make their songs seem anything else but very turgid.’

Marina & The Diamonds – Welsh / Greek solo artist making big waves in 2009

John Marlon – solo artist from Pontypridd (early 80s). Real name John Evans (ex Tax Exiles). Signed to Situation2 Recs and rel 7″ Sister Soul (1981) but a prolonged bout of glandular fever prevented a blossoming career going further. His backing band feat; Carlos de Freitas (drms) (ex Tax Exiles), Nigel Buckland (bass) who went onto present Vids on Ch4 TV, although Mike Kennedy (ex Tax Exiles, Statues of Us, Germ Corporation) plays bass on the single. (website)

Martini Henry Rifles – 4-pc band likened to Sonic Youth. Formed 2000 in Pembrokeshire and now living in Cardiff, feat; Fudge (gtr), Chris Warlow (voc), Jason Lorch (drms). Rel debut single (Oct01) – (kill/summer/shit and Monobasic) on Boobytrap records, a rabid freeze frame of overdriven distortion. Plus a string of live assaults saw the ball start rolling.A new EP (Luger 600/Pan Am/God Make Me Destroy Those Infidels) was released Sep02 on Sonic Mook Experiment / Blast First. Describing their sound as being “riddled with foot and mouth” and citing too many influences to name ranging from disgustingly no-fi skin graft obscurities to utter-gutter ripped raw 50’s dementia. (website)

Martipants – electro-musician Martin Lawson (b.1982), based in Bristol, but from Swansea. Rel LP ‘Good Lads’ (c2009) (website)

Mashed – punk-metal-ska band (formed 2004) in Whitland, feat; Simon (gtr), Mole (bass), Jamie Jesus (drms).

Masquerade – Pontypridd punk band (c1979), prev called The Straights feat; Dai Bubbles, Peter Kizmus (drms) (older brother of Tony, ex Societys Rejects, now Oppressed), Terry Jones (gtr), Spider (gtr), Noddy (bass). Split 1980.

Massacoustica – acoustic venue (set up Feb05) at The Five Alls, Chepstow (email)

Mass Movement – punk fanzine started Aug98, c/o Tim, 18 Hazeldne Ave., Brackla, Bridgend, CF31 2JW. – tons of interviews, features etc, available for £2-50 post paid! Issue 17 due in Aug04 (website)

Master of Nothing – Pontypridd based hip-hop/house project by Emyr Williams (since 2002). Rec EP and played Swansea Uni.

Cerys Matthews – former vocalist with Catatonia. Seen performing 3 songs at Llandaff Studios (Jan 02), got married, had baby and rel solo LP ‘Cock-a-Hoop’, also appeared on TV show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Mattoidz – fast power-pop-punk band, formed Aug02 in a cave in Pembrokeshire. Feat; Hefin Thomas (voc,gtr), Gareth Delve (bass), Rhys James (gtr), Steve Owen (drms). Debut gig supporting Gruff Rhys of SFA after winning a Battle of the Bands comp. Rel ‘Tan Y Tro Nesa’ EP (on Rasp 2003) and ‘Y Dyn Telesales’ (Rasp 04). Played 65 gigs in various sweaty establishments across Wales in 2004. Debut album ‘Edrych Yn Well O Bell’ (Rasp May05), set up their own label My Imaginary Label and rel single Z-List (2007) followed by their 2nd LP ‘Llygaid Cau a Dilyn Trefn’ (13.10.08), and LP ‘Tri’ (2013) (website)

Mavis Riley Experience – Aberystwyth University based indie band, circa 1988-89. Feat; Gareth Edwards (voc,gtr) (later Boogilators). Had great anti-authority song called Here Comes The Judge (soundcloud) More info req’d.

Mayonnaise – formed 2001 in Newport. feat. Peet (vocs, gtr), Biff, (bass), Paul (lead gtr), Dave (drms). Named after a Smashing Pumkins song, although they sound nothing like them. Played around Newport and the surrounding area until they split when they went to uni in 2003. Played at the Jon Lee tribute gig.

Mclusky – Cardiff punk band feat; Andy Falkous (voc,gtr) and Jon Chapple (bass). Prev called Best until Jon joined in 98, They claim to take their influences from Fugazi, Pixies and Steve Albini, and their gigs often ended up as feedback frenzies, trashed guitars and crawling off stage. Rel single ‘Joy’ on Fuzzbox recs, debut LP ‘My Pain and Sadness is More Sad and Painful than Yours.’ After 2 singles for Boobytrap recs they signed to Too Pure recs early 2001, and went to Chicago in May to record their album with legendary producer Steve Albini. The LP ‘Mclusky Do Dallas’ Apr 02. Matt Harding (drms) left Jun03 (now of Transposer), revisted Albini’s pad to record 3rd LP ‘The Difference Between You and Me is That I’m Not on Fire.’ Band split Nov04. Reformed in 2014 for occasional one-off gigs with Damien Sayell (St Pierre Snake Invasion) on guest vocals. See now Future Of The Left (website)

Mea – Rhondda rock band (c2008), feat; Vanessa Nicholas (voc), Wayne Samways (gtr), Huw Evans (bass), Gareth Evans (drms). (website)

MeaCulpa – Caerphilly grunge-metal band (formed 2002), feat; Suzy (voc), Cory (gtr), John (gtr), Sam (bass), Gwen (drms). John replaced Lydia (gtr) in Oct03. More info req’d.

The Megaton Men – punk band from Swansea / Cardiff (c1991), feat; Roland Cleaver (voc), Mark Griffiths (gtr), Mike Morgan (bass), Dean Poole (drms). Rel ‘Drop 1’ LP (1991) and a 7″ single I’m A Conservative (1992). Roly and Dean were also in Living Legends (youtube).

Meltdown – Promotion company orig based in Clwb Ifor Bach between 1990-1998, and put on gigs by many of the blossoming Welsh talent such as the Super Furry Animals, Catatonia. After a 4 year absence “to let Cool Cymru cool down” Meltdown returned with gigs in Cardiff’s Journeys.

Mentally Penetrated By An Acid Enema – cult-horror B-movie zine created by Gareth Tidey and Leighton Phillips, ran from 1991 to 1994 with 6 issues all selling out. The content was OTT genre fare, with articles and reviews on hundreds of cool and crazy exploitation flicks. Cult directors like Richard Kern, Jorg Buttgereit and Alex Chandon all got interviewed in the hallowed pages; lots of new friends were made and a lot of good press was had. The fanzine was relaunched in late 1994, renamed Channel Zero

Mentanity – Llanelli metal band (formed 2005), feat; Sully (voc,gtr), Liam (gtr), Daz (bass). Stef (drms).

Bryn Merrick – (12.10.58 – 12.09.15) best known as bassist for The Damned, joining them in 1984 before they signed a worldwide deal with MCA. Had previously played in Victimize with Roman Jugg, and Fairground, also Missing Men, Storm Queen. After leaving The Damned in ’89 he joined Phantom Chords for a year, also played a one-off gig with Stiv Bators on 01.9.89. Lived in Cardiff and disappeared off the radar until 2011 when he joined The Shamones. Sadly lost a long battle battle with throat cancer and died at Llandough Hospital aged 56.

Merthyr Music – record store in Merthyr Tydfil that specialised in non-Top 40 releases. Closed in late 90s.

Messengers – band, Richard Parfitt (bass,voc) (later Colours, 60ft Dolls), Jeff R (gtr,voc) and Graham Wood (drms) (Woody of TJ’s). Sort of Police type band but with a bit of an edge, (see also Blood Bros).

Metronome Distribution – formed Jun02 to distribute classical, jazz, folk, world, childrens’,spoken word, CDs throughout the UK. Now distribute 25 labels from all over the world in the UK. The team is currently five people led by Carl Wade. It was born from the Metronome Recordings Ltd production company which specialises in classical and Jazz music and whose productions you can look at this website They were fed up with poor distribution through the major distributors and set up our own operation.

Metros – Swansea band (c2006). More info req’d

M4 Management – company run by Jo Hunt that looked after Jarcrew, People in Planes

MGB’s – band feat; Lyn Coleman (voc), Dave Watkins (drms)

Mice Girls – mid-wales project (c2009) (website)

Midasuno – Merthyr Tydfil band, formed 2000. Orig energy-fuelled Hard Rock, feat. Matt Riste (drms,voc), Scott Andrews (voc,gtr) (later Exit International), Gavin Jessop (bass), Steven Hopkins (gtr,voc). All at the time under the ripe age of 20. Art of Fear Demo rec by Lost Prophet Bassist (Stuart Richardson) Dec00. Rec live sessions for Radio One and BBC Radio Wales. Rel single The Art of Fear on Cascade recs. Appeared on Pop Factory as part of battle of the bands. Won the second Welsh Music Awards Best Unsigned Artist. Rec debut LP (Sum03) ‘When Bulls Play God’ rel Sep03 on Lockjaw recs. Also feat Mike Cloke (gtr) and Chris (later of Accident Music) at some point. 2nd LP ‘Songs in The Key of Fuck’ surfaced as early as 2005 but wasn’t officially rel until summer 2007 on Bristol’s Sugar Shack Recs. Band split a year later, but reformed to play charity gig in Cardiff 04.12.10. Rel a comp of the Cascade singles ‘The Complete Cascade Records Era’ (05.11.20) (website).

Midnighters – Cardiff-based RandB band (1961-1966) feat; Ray Palmer (gtr), “Ginchy” Palmer (gtr), Roger Still (bass) and Keith Humphreys (drms), and later incl Mike Sarne (voc) and Clive Dumas (keys). Known around the usual venues in Cardiff and the Valleys, supported top visiting bands like The Hollies, Swinging Blue Jeans, Georgie Fame, Alvin Stardust (!!) etc. Highlight was playing the legendary 2I’s Coffee Bar in Soho. Folded up after having to turn down offer of tour of US bases in Germany and N Africa. Ray still plays with “Backbeat” in Hampshire.

Midnight Method – Port Talbot punk band (formed 20.1.05), feat; Shaun Davies (voc), Josh Mainwaring (gtr), Jamie Green (gtr), Mike Summers (bass), Andrew Fellows (drms). Played Baglan Social Club (with COA). (website)

Mighty Atom – Swansea based label, founded by ex-policeman Roger Hopkins in 1998 with Dave Simpson. Has artists, Liberty 37, Headcase Ladz, Goatboy, Stickman, Funeral For A Friend

Mighty Handful – Cardiff band (formed 1980), feat; Mike Kennedy (bass)

Mighty Locals – Narberth band feat; Chris Heath (drms) and Steve Evans (gtr,voc) (both ex Empty Pockets) with John Warlow (bass) (ex Rockin’ Blues Band), Rob Meredith-Barrett (keys) (ex Empty Pockets) and Julian Kelly (gtr,harm,voc) (formerly Side F-X ) and they now produce a ripping, make you dance, rocky sound with a hint of soul thrown in to help it along

Mimosapwka – indie band, feat; Gareth Phillips and Wyn Jones. Rel eponymous LP on Rasp (2009)

Mirrors – punk-rockbilly-ish band from Newport of late 70s, feat; Alan Jones (bass), Gary Lloyd (voc,gtr) (both ex- Gay Dogs), Andy Smith (gtr), Trevor Tarling (drms), later joined by Bree Daniels (real name Andy Jenkins of Cwmbran) (gtr). Signed to Lightning Recs and rel 2 singles in ’78 and ’79 – Cure For Cancer, Dark Glasses. Gary Lloyd was applauded for his songwriting skills on songs such as Viper and Risk and their most popular live song was the ultra-fast Terrorist. More info req’d.

Misery – Cardiff band (c1991), feat; Anthony Reynolds (voc,gtr) (ex Alien Circus, True Love, Boy, Jack), Steve Bees (drms) (ex Boy, Jack), Andrew Haines (bass) (ex Alien Circus, Boy, True Love), Tim Daniels (gtr).

Mishapes – St Clears Misfits covers band (formed Oct04), feat; Sean, Tom, Luke and Joe. Play pubs and parties.

Missfitz – metal night at Cardiff’s Vision venue, aimed at attracting 1500 rock fans with bands and DJs. Launched 10.10.02 and promoted by Sarah Long.

Missing Men – punk band from Barry (early 80s), prev called Red Alert and The Rejects, Victimize. feat; Andy Johnson (gtr), Roman Jugg (keys) and Bryn Merrick (bass), both went on to join The Damned, Don Sinclair (drms), Andy James (voc). After a couple of crap gigs James left and Jugg took over on vocals. Split when Roman joined The Damned in late 1981.

Mr Maggs – Newport band (c2006), feat; Christian Neale (voc), Tom Sinner (gtr), Jonathon Morgan (gtr), Nick Barry (bass), Phil Davies (drms) (myspace)

M.MA.S. – Powys based band, feat; Mark Woosnam (later of Crash .45, (ex This Bizarre Myth, Wedding Singers, UHT).

M.M.S.F. – heavy punk-metal band (formed 2004) in Ammanford, feat; Josh Hale (voc), Josh ‘Jish’ Williams (gtr), Dom Elias (gtr), Dan Richards (bass), Rob Mendzil (drms). Dom replaced Rhodri ‘GWA’ Evans (early05), Rob replaced Steffan Penhale (mid05).

Mock Death – Cardiff punk band (c1979), feat; Mark ‘Aitch’ Wilson (drms), Simon ‘Daffy’ DeManuel (gtr), Tony ‘Socket’ Watts (bass), Fran (voc), Tina (voc). Last about 12 months, then former 3 members formed Atomic Filth, Icons of Filth

Moira and The Mice – Cardiff band (formed 1979) who should be credited with opening up many South Wales venues to bands playing original material, previously available only to covers bands. Feat; Moira Thomas [Moira Mouse] (voc,gtr,harm), Brenda Davis (b.vocs and Mousette dancing), Debbie Debris (b.voc and Mousette dancing) (later Bomb and Dagger), Rob Brazier (gtr), Lewis Mottram (bass), Mike Southern (drms). Debbie left in 1980 and was replaced by Linda Jane Holmes. Linda left in 1981 to become an actress in Coronation Street and Emmerdale, amongst other things. She, in turn, was replaced by Hilary Wyman. Lewis also left in 1980 and was replaced by Andy Gibbon from Cwmbran. The songs, written by Moira and Rob, were invariably 3 minute gems. Many of the best were never recorded, although a few live tapes remain. Rel 2 singles, “Sight And Sound/Gimme Pleasure” (1980) (a fave of John Peel at the time) and the Hysterical Outbursts EP in 1981, both on the band’s own Rodent Recs .The latter featured “Hysteria” and the extraordinary “Heart Like A Whore”, both live faves and still well remembered by the Cardiff gig-going public of the time. The few cover versions inc “Mony Mony” and the showstopping “Leader Of The Pack” , which many people remember feat a motorbike on stage! Not surprising really, considering the noise the band could generate in tiny places like the Lions Den and the old Chapter Bar. When they announced they were to split in Summer 1982, a sequence of storming gigs culminated in a sell-out show at the Cardiff Top Rank in July. The size of their following shows how unique they were in South Wales at that time. Rob’s brother Chris played in Zipper, Nylonz

Moist – magazine outlet for Newport’s Transpose Studios. Initially distributed in the city but now extended to Cardiff. Designed by Nathan Woolls (drummer of Lowrider). More info req’d.

skarolpMoisture Farmers – Carmarthen mature-indie band (c1986), feat; Carl Whittingham (keys,voc) (ex Angels of Death), Simon Evans (gtr,voc), Josh Rose (bass), Daniel Curran (drms). Rel 9 vinyl singles between Nov87 and May93, aswell as 2 LPs, ‘Binary Sunset’ (Oct89) and ‘Ticket To Skaro’ (Sep93). Split at the end of 1994 Rose and Curran joined Helena Jones.

Molotov Promotions – company (2002), set up by David Raybould to promote gigs at Pulsars in Caerphilly.

Mombomb – Newport band. More info req’d.

Monet – Swansea indie band, (c2022), feat; Puss (voc,gtr), Garden (bass,voc), Ciggy (gtr), and Dishpit (drms). You Need To Tell Worse Lies Man (17.03.23) was their 3rd release. (spotify)

Mook – Swansea punk-grunge-hip-hop-jazzy band (formed late04), feat; Ben (gtr), Blod (bass), Rhod (drms).

Moonloonies – Cardiff space-rock band (formed 1991), feat; Crum (ex Shockhead) who also plays with Hawkwind. Have rel 8 albums (website)

Moontagu Blues – Gwynfre blues-rock band (formed 1997), all from same Montaigue family and orig formed in Australia. Feat; Erle (voc,gtr), Kathleen (voc,gtr), Ben (keys), Eli (drms). Rel LP (2005). (website)

Morgan, Carlton B – Newport cartoonist, has worked for NME and Los Angeles Times with his long running strip ‘Great Pop Things’ co-written with Jon Langford. Started contributing to Soundnation mag (Jul03)

Mojo Morgan – Neyland singer-songwriter (still going strong c2006). (website)

Morphic Aura – Swansea prog rock band (formed Jan05), feat; James Gray (voc,gtr), David Grey (gtr), Chris Hardwicke (bass), Greg Baker (keys), Mark Edwards (drms). Play mainly round Swansea (website)

Mortal Danger – orig name for Headcase Ladz (1989-91). At the end of 1989 there was interest from Music Of Life recs and and with the help of DJ Leader 1 (MC Dukes DJ) a track called “No Retreat, No Surrender” was produced. It was never released.

Mortified Remains – Kidwelly death metal band (formed 2005), feat; Jason Gower (voc,gtr), Mark Jenkins (gtr), Jake Moreton (bass), Callum Rivers (drms).

Morty (Gareth Mortimer) – vocalist with Racing Cars. Wrote the hit ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They‘ along with Graham Williams. Toured the States with Tina Turner, recently rel new album on the dA label ‘ Bolt From The Blue’

Mothers Ruin – early name (during 90s) for Shemko

Mountain Men Anonymous – Cardiff band (c2004). Feat; Sam (who moonlights as John Barnes), Adam, Jon (drms). Rel LP Krkonose (My Kung Fu) (2004, re-rel Mar07). Now dormant but had session aired by Neil Crud on BBC Radio Wales (1.5.05). (website)

Stuart Moxham – former member of Young Marble Giants and The Gist (read relevant entries). In 1991, Stuart compiled the best of his home recordings on an LP called ‘Choice.’ He pressed up 50 acetates and gave them away to friends, relatives and record company contacts. A fan sent a tape along to John Henderson, a huge YMG fan and head of Chicago label Feel Good All Over. John offered to release the Choice tracks on CD. After a few additions and deletions, a CD ultimately came out in 1992 under the name ‘Signal Path.’ Stuart has since released 4 additional albums (Random Rules, Cars in the Grass, Barbara Manning Sings with the Original Artists, and Fine Tuning), produced tracks for Lois, Beat Happening and The Coctails, and made three trips to America to play live (in 1992, 1993 and 1999). He has also appeared on the 6ths Wasps’ Nests album and collaborated with Louis Phillippe and Etienne Daho. The latter had a French hit with “Paris Le Flore,” a cover of the Gist’s “Love At First Sight.” Most recently, Stuart has been writing and recording children’s music, including a session at Abbey Road Studios in London. He lives in the suburbs outside of London with his wife and three children.

Mozz – Aberystwyth band (formed summer 2000), feat; Sam Rhys James (b.14.10.86) (voc,gtr) (now The Poppies), Meilyr Jones (b.1.1.87) (bass), Dylan Hughes (b.24.11.86) (keys), Ben Herrick (b.23.12.86) (drms). More info req’d.

MRK – Tenby heavy rock band (formed 2005), feat; Dan Reed (voc,gtr), Dan Griffiths (voc, gtr).

MS1 – venue in Cardiff, part of Coal Exchange, Shut down within a year of opening (2003) due to health and safety, inprocess of finding new owners.

Multi-Storey – Yes copyists who rel studio album in the late 80’s. Gigged regularly around S.Wales and have recently reformed

Mumbo Jet – Formed in Newport 1994; feat; Damien Downes (gtr,voc), Richard Braithwaite (bass,voc), J Tovey (drms). Rel split single with Armstrong with Le Pub label “size 8”. Later reformed in 2001 as Ryder with new drummer James O’Brien. Size 8 website

Murry The Hump – Aberystwyth based indie band, formed Sep97. Feat; Matt Evans (voc), Gwion ap Siôn Rowlands (gtr), Curig Huws (bass), Bill Coyne (drms). Singles The Green Green Grass of Home (not a cover!) on Blue Dog Records singles club, “Colouring Book” and Thrown Like a Stone. Also played the In The City unsigned Band competition in Manchester. Best described as Robbie Williams on the piss with Heffner. Recorded 2 Peel sessions 01.12.99 and 29.03.00 live at the Union Chapel. Now (Aug00) signed to Too Pure Records and according to music press tipped for bigger things, but split late 2001. See now The Keys / Keys (website)

Music Box Records – internet only distribution record label set up by Mark Foley who ran rehearsal rooms of same name in Daisy St. Canton, Cardiff since 1996 (website)

mustalreadybe – Cardiff alt-rock band formed 2002. feat. Craig MacDonald (voc,gtr), Simon Tucker (bass, harm), Martin Buchanan (drms,noize). Played 1st gig after 7 weeks of practise.(website)

Mwsch – prev incarnation of Aberystwyth based Swiss Tony and The Vendors. More info req’d.

Mwstard – 
S.west Wales pre-post-punk tribal band feat; Alec MacHenry (voc,bass), Sarah MacHenry (drms), Geraint Hughes (gtr). Rel !Mwstard! EP (2014) followed by highly acclaimed album ‘Cloc’ (16.01.17). Featured in The Guardian in an article about punk parents. Did a session for Neil Crud’s TudnoFM Show (20.08.18) that formed part of the ‘Resolution EP’ (01.05.20). Session was repeat on Crud’s Louder Than War radio show (25.04.22). (listen) (bandcamp)

My Ceramic Rabbit – Ystrad Rhondda band (2004) feat; Daniel Evans (gtr,voc), Sam Ayers (bass,voc), Ely Thomas (drms). Daniel is nephew of Graham Headley Williams (Racing Cars). Damien Sheppard (bass,voc) used to be a member

My Dad’s On Fire – Pembroke/Carmarthen skunk rock band (formed May04), feat; George Jones (voc), Philip Eynon (gtr), Louis Halton Davies (gtr), William Bell (bass), Jack Jones (drms), Mair Bell (sax), Nia Bell (sax), Bethan James (sax), Gethin Davies (trom).

My Favourite Mistake – Newcastle Emlyn based metal-punk band (formed early04), feat; Dylan James (voc,gtr), Gareth Powell (bass), Anthony James (drms).

My Favourite Pornstar – Newport screamo band (formed summer 2005), feat, Jamie Swift (voc), Simon Ball (voc), Dan Bethell (gtr), Chud Bradley (gtr), Owen Bradley (bass), Marc Davies (drms). Voted Kerrang’s runners-up in The Best Unsigned Act. (website)

My Pursuit of The Truth – Newport band (c2005). More info req’d

My Red Cell – new name for Babylose from Barry, feat; Russell Toomey (voc), Phil Myles (drms), Adam Cooke (gtr), Ginge Howell (bass). signed to V2 recs, rel ‘Knock Me Down EP’ (Feb04) and LP ’13 In My 31’ (Jun04). Became Inner City Pirates (Mar05) (website)

My So Called Friend (MSCF) – band formed Jan01 feat; Neil Cooper (voc), (ex Solid State), Scott Wilson (gtr) (ex Solid State), Edd Bores (gtr), Johnny (bass). Played TJs, Barfly, Hornblower. Became 12 Inch Ninja

David Mysterious – Aberystwyth music bandit with single ‘Troubadour of the Unknown’ on Peski Recs (2005). More info req’d

My Void – Cardiff indie-alt band (formed Nov05), feat; Ali Wines (voc), Si Watkins (gtr), Gavin Davies (bass), Chris Norman (drms).(website)

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