Friday November 9th, the Undertone in Cardiff opened it’s doors to an explosive night of tantalizing live music.
Jealous Lovers Club hosted an incredible line up- bringing Ireland’s Enemies back to Cardiff with support from We’re No Heroes and Nanook Of The North.
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 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.
Enemies formed in the summer of 2007 within a thriving Do-It-Yourself music scene in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow. In Spring 2008, Enemies released their debut EP Alpha Waves which led to Japanese labels Machu Picchu Industries and Stiff Slack Records picking up the band for releases. A two-week tour of Japan followed in which the band played sold-out shows in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Kyoto. In June 2010, Enemies released their debut LP We’ve Been Talking on extremely reputable indie labels Richter Collective (IRL) and Stiff Slack Records (Japan). We’ve Been Talking featured pressings of the band’s own unique take on instrumental rock, one which is nuanced yet clear cut, melodic yet ferocious and energetic yet emotive. The band spent the following two years touring We’ve Been Talking throughout Europe and Asia.
Enemies: Lewis Jackson (guitar), Mark O’Brien (bass/vocals), Oisin McMahon Trench (drums) and Eoin Whitfield (guitar, vocals & additional drums).
This year the band unveiled their sophomore album ‘Embark, Embrace’ During Enemies extensive ‘Embark, Embrace’ tour which took them to the likes of Asia, America and Europe- for 10 days in November the Irish quartet returned to the UK. We finally got to see this creative act live. Described as Emotive and energetic instrumental rock from a group of lads who formed in the summer of 2007, this band have gone from strength to strength .The album’s title Embark, Embrace comes from the band’s decision to set aside careers & college degrees and focus on touring as much as possible — an opportunity that has not been available to the band until now.
The night kicked off with 4 piece Nanook Of The North. Opening with an incredible wall of sound the band cycled through styles from baths to battles. Cleverly sharing percussion duties and synth parts the band at times sounded more like an orchestra.
We’re No Heroes followed up with the perfect mix of !!! (chk chk chk) style dance rock with some Data Select Party style gang vocals. An act simply bursting with potential!
Then finally headliners Enemies took to the floor ready to showcase the best of their new release ‘Embark. Embrace’ and a few favorites from ‘We’ve Been Talking’. Live the band provide for everyone- a captivating performance with tracks progressing from one emotion to the next. With a mixture of upbeat loops to powerful elongated riffs and the right amount of compelling beats. With two drum kits in use during a few occasions throughout the set, each musician aided in an explosive set. A stand out effort ‘Indian Summer’ performed live eased the musicians into a more tentative yet fun direction. This release features the previously instrumental four-piece gracing our ears with the new addition of vocals. Guitarist Eoin Whitfield & bassist Mark O’Brien showcase a mixture of delicate & shouty vocals with the crashing sounds of technical math pop behind them. It really does take an impressive range for an instrumental band to truly captivate and impress listeners but the technical ability of all 4 lads is just outstanding, their set remained so tight, very melodic, vivacious and energetic. They left everybody wanting more and were thrilled with the response.
Nanook Of The North
We’re No Heroes
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