Wednesday, 16 March 2016

LIVE REVIEW: Fearless Vampire Killers - Clwb Ifor Bach

You know how the saying goes; "...but can they do it on a cold, rainy night in Stoke?". Well forget Stoke, as tonight, despite the wind and rain, the Fearless Vampire Killers hit Cardiff armed with hooks, riffs and possibly a clove of garlic or two, on the tail end of their UK "Bruises" tour, hoping to cheer up their legion of fans from the Welsh capital on this damp and dreary day, and they've brought guests too! Let's see if they left a mark...

Photo Credit: Dawid Krosnia

Opening up tonight exclusively to this Welsh date of the tour are Pontypridd based favorites CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM [6] and despite having a short slot, pull no punches with their brief time on stage. Having recently undergone a spot of shuffling in the ranks, this new line up see's the band deliver a far meatier, heavier set, without compromising their already established electronic based sound and it's sounding good! With a variety of tracks ranging from established live favorite "Ozymandias" and more recent single "Dead Behind The Eyes"...to not one but two exclusive never before played tracks "The Forest" and an untitled number, they ensure the early crowd are more than adequately warmed up. This is a band in transition and are definitely worth keeping an eye on in 2016.

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Photo Credit: Ellie Mitchell Photography

Up next are the first of the tours officially billed bands; MISS VINCENT [8] and promoting their most recent EP; "Reasons Not To Sleep", the lads from Guildford keep everyone wide-eyed with their self-described brand of moody punk rock. Inspired by the likes of Alkaline Trio and AFI, they perfectly blend sharp doses of melodic punk rock with a dark wit in their song writing, and tracks such as "DNR", "Disparate, Desperate" and "You Can't Spell Blame Without ME" sound tailor made for the live stage. A well polished four-piece with a knack for writing solid, energetic tunes, this really is a band worth staying awake for.

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Photo Credit: Justine Trickett

From Guildford to Glasgow next as we welcome tonight's main support; VUKOVI [6] on to the stage and aside from the border crossing, we've also crossed over genre's too. Incorporating huge pop melodies with catchy rock hooks, Scotland's answer to Tonight Alive are probably the easiest on the ears of this evenings entertainment but that doesn't necessarily make them out of place here, not at all. Tracks like "Bouncy Castle", "We Are Robots" and "Schwagger" are bursting with charm and coupled with vocalist Janine Shilstone's enthusiasm, the crowd does its fair share of participating resulting in a highly enjoyable set. Wolves by name, wolves by nature...and tonight in Cardiff, they successfully hunted down a fair few fresh fans.

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Photo Credit: Justine Trickett

As the night reaches its climax, and darkness has fallen, the FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS [8] emerge through a blanket of smoke (dramatically supplied by the in-house effects team) and the congregating mass of almost cult-like followers towards the front of the stage simply cannot contain their excitement. Black-clad and ready to rock, Kier Kemp an co. take command of the stage and waste no time supplying tune after tune for these hungry fans to sink their fangs into. Promoting their new mini-album "Bruises", they run through a blissful rendition of "Aging Love" showing these killers have a sweet, caring side, while recent single "Regret" has an absolutely massive chorus and will no doubt be a live favorite for the future. Older tracks get a dusting off too as hits like "Neon In The Dance Halls" gets the crowd really going, while "Bow Ties On Dead Guys" sounds absolutely huge live and sends the room into a frenzy...the floor is literally bouncing and being three stories high, this is quite worrying! Aside from concerns about the structural integrity of Clwb, FVK came through Cardiff, rammed a stake right through it's heart and rendered yet another venue slain. This is certainly a band on the rise and a first headline tour of Europe, followed by an appearance at Reading & Leeds more than proves this...creatures of the night, move over...FVK make the music now.


- by Gavin Griffiths

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