Another artist who has taken the acoustic option for their latest tour is Jake Bugg. The Nottingham musician released his fourth album Hearts that Strain a couple of months back and wowed his Cardiff fans with what was a very relaxed gig in a theatre-style venue. He was super casual too – just him and his guitar singing and talking.
It was a far from a conventional show, and all the better for it. Bugg was very good at interacting with the crowd, even at times entertaining requests from the back of the room persuading him to do a song on the spot without it having been rehearsed or on the setlist – Country Song was added to the list in this impromptu way. Continue reading
We like to pay fair attention to new bands here at Sync, and they don’t get much newer than Fire On The Roof. The Cardiff four-piece formed earlier this year and have just released their self-titled debut EP.
Luke Prior fronts the show, He is flanked by ‘crazed Lithuanian axe wielder’ (their words not ours!) Artūras (Guitarthur) Eidukas, and Conor Kelly from the darkest depths of North Wales. Welsh Cypriot Tony Haralambos keeps the beats on drums.
Hearing how polished they sound after just a few months as a band, we simply had to find out more about these chaps – thankfully they were happy to oblige with a chat… Continue reading
You only have to consider his list of collaborations to get the measure of John Legend. The Ohio-born singer’s roll call of team-ups has seen him working with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Britney Spears and Magnetic Man over the years – among many others.
His current Darkness and Light tour has seen him take his breathtaking showmanship around the world this year and he was in top form for this Cardiff stop-off. Of course, his well-known hits figured prominently in the set, including Used to Love U, Ordinary People and All of Me. A dazzling backdrop of graphics and illusions accompanied him throughout, sometimes using visuals to emphasise some of the more serious points he wanted to convey, including his support of the Black Lives Matter movement during Wake Up Everybody. Continue reading
Cardiff five-piece Baby Queens return with new single Hear Me, taken from their recent self-titled debut album. With an evocative, hypnotic guitar line accompanied by a funky rhythm section that could be from the Motor City itself, the track shows off the group’s diversity, with an altogether different vibe to previous track Tired of Love.
Band member Cara Elise explains: “Musically it’s our take on Motown driven by a harder bassline more akin to Jungle.”
Vanity Jay adds that the song is about wanting the true person inside to be heard: “For example you could be working a 9-5, but secretly be an amazing dancer. Or someone who’s a glass collector in a bar, when really they are a brilliant chef, but no one knows because that individual has never voiced it and the rest of the world doesn’t know. It’s just wanting to be heard and to be understood.”
Baby Queens play a number of live dates in March and April, including Stroud, Gloucestershire (4 March), and London (9 March).
Baby Queens – Hear Me
Tired of Love is the first single from the upcoming album from Cardiff all-female five-piece Baby Queens. Slick and soulful, the track sounds fresh but with a nod to some of the retro best of RnB and pop.
The group had success with 2013 single Red Light. Since then, the girls have been releasing a number of tracks, readying their debut album and cutting their teeth on the live circuit, playing festivals such as The Great Escape, Boomtown, T in the Park, X Fest, and Swn Festival.
Tired of Love is out on 9 September, with the self-titled debut album slated for release on 28 October.
Baby Queens – Tired of Love