Saturday 16th November 2013, the renowned and much loved music promoters found in Jealous Lovers Club, hosted what we could only describe as a must see show at Newport’s fantastic live venue Le Pub- again another venue we regularly promote!
For those unaware of Jealous Lovers Club they are Promoters of regular nights in Cardiff, Newport & London who bring you a mythical spectrum of music with math rock at one end and indie at the other. To date they’ve put on shows for the likes of Enemies, El Ten Eleven, Gunning For Tamar, Delta Sleep, Rolo Tomassi, Johnny Foreigner, Physics House Band, Native, Dinosaur Pile Up, Talons and Let’s Talk Daggers to name a few. Jealous Lovers Club is also a name you are about to hear a lot more of as we have teamed up to give some extra love and hype to the incredible work being done by the founder. Bringing talent to an array of great venues and for that we are thankful.
Le Pub opened it’s doors on Saturday to an evening of live entertainment from two local support acts and headlining act Dads. A band we regularly rave about here at Circuit Sweet.
Masts kicked off the evenings proceedings- the 4 piece punk/post-hardcore band from Cardiff dedicated their set to the lovely Harry Jowett from Pipedream. The band consist of Tom Watkins – Vocals / guitar, Tom Roberts – Vocals / guitar, Tom Wallace – Bass and Andrew Thomas on Drums. It’s stated the South Wales’ burgeoning post-hardcore scene has produced another killer of a band in the shape of Masts and as soon as they kicked into their first track this was clear. Fusing a mix of influences and genres, together they create an energetic audacious performance. Uniting the gig goers into the evenings live performance- Masts dynamic set consisted of compelling vocals from both guitarists, changing time signatures and alluring riffs. A band bursting with potential!
Following Masts on stage- The Modern Farewell a 4 piece alternative indie punk rock band also from Cardiff. Consisting of Jon- Vocals/ Guitar, Michael- Vocals/Bass, Neil- Guitar/ Bocals and Dave on Drums. Bringing a local fan-base to the venue the band provided a lively set of imperative compositions mixing their punk rock roots with country riffs.
Then of course it was time for the incredible sounds from two piece Dads. The New Jersey based artists played Newport for their 2nd date in on their Nov/Dec European tour. Having performed the evening before in Ireland, and just hours from stepping off a ferry, these musicians were exhausted and needed reset. But did this effect their live performance?- Not at all. The talented two piece consist of John Bradley – Drums/Vocals and Scottty Scharinger – Guitar/Vocals. The two piece emo punk band from NJ are regulars of Circuit Sweet and will continue to be plugged for some time. Together they create the sound of an act twice their size and their passion is simply unstoppable- this along with their touring professionalism is easily a standout attribute for the pair.
Instantly starting their set with their hard hitting renowned Dads sound. We were finally seeing them perform live and thrilled! Live- the band have the ability to project their recorded compositions flawlessly. You can hear and see the talent these two musicians posses. Their mix of captivating hooks, illustrious vocal range and mesmerizing drum fills is enough to lure all. Providing an explosively heavy set from start to finish. Delivering a wide array of tracks from their entire catalog- and proving their dynamic abilities throughout each orchestration. ‘Dan’s Christopher Walken Impersonation ‘ taken from their EP “Brush Your Teeth Again ; ) ” highlighted an explosive melody, with it’s twinkly riffs and its doleful lyrics. Newer material such as ‘My Crass Patch’ taken from this years ‘Pretty Good’ EP release showcased a deeper progression for the duo with a darker and somewhat striking track. Just heavy throughout with an incredible guitar tone and fierce drumbeats. ‘Shit Twins’ bought the set to a finish which was a personal favorite when performed live- taken from their debut album ‘American Radass (this is important). This track delves throughout a near 7minute tender crescendo. The ultimate slow building track which urges you to take in the vocals, telling a story throughout and resonating in a deep wall of sound. A more meaningful and heated composition. One of the best live bands around.
We are also thrilled to announce we will be interviewing Dads when they return from their tour to find out how the travels went. Until then make sure you get to some of their other live European dates-
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