Just day away, on the May 4th Bank Holiday Sunday, Jealous Lovers Club & Gwdihw’s Thursday night regulars Juxtaposed are teaming up to bring a day of outstanding music to Cardiff. With 12 bands from all over the UK set over two stages, one inside the quaint Gwdihw Cafe Bar, the second in the adjacent car park that transforms into a full festival stage.
By now you should all be familiar with one of the UK’s best music promoters Jealous Lovers Club. The hardworking JLC team are no strangers to our site. Last year we teamed up with the company to promote their fantastic array of live gigs. Jealous Lovers Club are a renowned promoters company who host regular nights in Cardiff, Newport & London, bringing you a mythical spectrum of music with math rock at one end and indie at the other. Every show they’ve put on to date is a must see and always has a talented line-up of artists across the UK and further afield. Their extensive lists of live artists that have played their shows is like something out of a music lovers dream. To date they’ve put on shows for the likes of Enemies, Tall Ships, Rolo Tomassi, Dads, El Ten Eleven, Physics House Band, Gnarwolves, Playlounge, Tera Melos, The Chapman Family, Native, Dinosaur Pile Up, Oh No Yoko ,Catfish & The Bottlemen, Man Like Me, Towns, Playlounge, Fight Like Apes, Stagecoach, Let’s Talk Daggers, Talons and Gunning For Tamar to name a few!
When Connor, founder of Jealous Lovers Club, told Circuit Sweet about another event he had in the works, we knew it was going to be unmissable. Every show with a JLC touch is something out of this world, be it from the talent that’s introduced or the atmosphere at each event. The forthcoming Microfestival on May 4th is a date all music lovers should mark on their gig calenders.
The outstanding line-up has now been revealed in its entirety and we are in for such a treat, this is THE festival of the year.
Tellison, Olympians, Playlounge, Her Parents, WOAHNOWS, Cleft ,Cardiff’s Samoans and Nai Harvest have all been announced to play on the day’s proceeding alongside Radstewart, Totem Terrors, Esuna and How I Faked The Moon Landing.
To coincide with the May 4th date, from now up until the Bank Holiday, Circuit Sweet will be hosting a special Jealous Lovers Club & Juxtaposed MicroFestival Artist Feature. Taking a closer look at all the talent playing and introducing our readers to each act in a more personal manor; as we talk to the musicians to find out more about their musical endeavors, their live sets and what we can look forward to from them on the day.
Now just days away from this highly anticipated event, we have one of our final Micro festival artist installments- in the fifth interview and feature to date we introduce you to the illusive upbeats sounds of Cardiff based 5 piece How I Faked The Moon Landing.
A band establishing themselves for all the right reasons. The energetic band consist of Richard Wiggins – Vocals/Keyboards, Jonny Pugh – Guitars/Keyboards, Aaron Wood – Guitars, Oli Richards – Bass and Elliot Samphier – Drums/Percussion
Set to play the main-stage this Sunday, we have the honor in chatting to each member of HIFTML ahead of their forthcoming performance to discover what they have up their sleeves in terms of their live set and all things band related.
Firstly thank you for spending time with Circuit Sweet. Before we get to the details of your forthcoming live appearance at the Jealous Lovers Club & Juxtaposed MicroFestival on May 4th. We want to get to know more on you.
Please introduce yourselves and your role within the band- How long have you been playing and performing live?
Richard – We’ve been together for a year and a half – so far I’ve been singing over the rest of the band and jumping about – I also play 30 seconds of keyboards in the set, usually towards the end.
Jonny – Jonny. Guitarist. Been playing for 8 years now playing all sorts of awful genres like free jazz.
Aaron – Hi I’m Aaron Wood and I play one of the guitars
Oli – I study books and stuff and have been playing bass in dodgy pop-punk bands for a few years, now I play lovely Indie pop with these guys.
Elliot – I first tried out drums on rockband on the playstation. Hit master difficulty…..impulse bought a drum kit……. Never looked back.
What was it that first got you to pick up your instruments- and then to write your own compositions and direct your creativity?
Richard – We’ve always been keen to write a lot, we can get through a lot of material because we all write at the same time and build the songs together – this way we write one or two songs a session.
How did you form and where did the name come from?
Aaron – We’re all hardworking students here at Cardiff Uni and we got together through the wonders of the internet, typically enough.
Oli – As for the name, I’m taking full credit for this one. I’m a bit of a film nerd and went to see the documentary Room 237 by myself last year, it’s a documentary that collects theories about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and explores them in almost laughable depth. One of the concepts is that Kubrick filmed certain parts of the film the way he did in order to tell the public that he filmed the Moon landing and that it was a fake. The rest of the band didn’t take to the name for a while but I was persistent.
How would you personally describe your own sound in one word?
Richard – Definitely-music
Aaron – Amphibious
Describe what you think you each bring to your live performances, sell your showmanship, sell us your sets.
Richard – I just sweat and jolt around aggressively, then I stand still for a bit, then I start gyrating my arms again. I also do a lot of off-mic singing – it’s mostly entertain myself and shout at the other members of the band (lovingly).
Jonny – Pour moi, I wont settle for simple lines. It bores me, so I cram in as many voicings, 7ths and 9ths as possible. I can’t compete with Aaron’s riffs so why try?
Oli – Richard brings a lot of sweat, frenzied facial expressions and ridiculous off-mic mumbles as well as regular vocals, Jonny stands and plays his guitar like a real guitarist, Aaron moves his feet like Rhys Webb from The Horrors because he’s like that, I like to think that I bring some sort of passion and keep the band playing in time, but Elliot also likes to think he does that (when really he just hits things).
What is it that you personally get from your performance?
Jonny – Free beer vouchers.
How would you describe the reception to your presence?
Oli – We’re lucky enough to have a pretty dedicated set of mates that come down and dance right at the front, sometimes other people join in which is nice. Gwdihw is like a home to us and we seem to always get a lovely response there, big love to James Chant for that.
Is there a particular track that you all just love to play?
Oli – We occasionally have our disagreements on this but we all seem to enjoy mellowing out a bit and making different noises on a song called ‘In Space’.
Richard – Why I Hate Mr. Brooks (An All-Out Attack on Lad Culture) We’re hoping to record this one soon – it’s got a fantastic bass-line which makes me want to jump about.
What can we look forward to from your live performance on the day?
Elliot – Expect energy, toe-tapping tunes and a touch of the crazies.
Is there an artist you can’t wait to see at the festival, if so why?
Oli – Every single band on the bill are next level, personally I’m looking forward to Nai Harvest (any pop-punk band that can sneak a Twin Peaks sample into their record are golden in my books) and the good men that are Radstewart (though I know Richard can’t wait to play with Totem Terrors again as he often likes to tell me they’re Cardiff’s best band).
Have you played a renowned ‘Jealous Lovers Club’ show previous to this special event?
Richard – Yeah, we love JLC. Connor has sorted us out with seriously good gigs in the past: Enemies, Fight Like Apes, Bear Cavalry – and recently Post War Glamour Girls. He manages to get some great acts to Cardiff – but also keeps lots of bands on the local scene busy.
Enlighten us to what can we look forward to from you in the future- many other plans set for the rest of this year, be it touring, recording, releasing etc?
Richard – We’ll be record a couple of tracks this summer – then gear up to do a second 4 track demo.
Before we finish all featured artists are asked this- What album or track has been stuck on your turntable, ipod, cd player for a while now?
Oli – I’ve recently rediscovered my love for early noughties Screamo like City of Caterpillar and some newer stuff of the same vein from Canada: Mahria, Book of Caverns, Todos Caeran. Bands that only have a few more likes than us on Facebook, which seems bizarre to me.
Elliot – Wild beasts – Present Tense
Richard – I just got Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Nothing New’ for record store day. It’s great! Just Gil playing some of his favourite tracks from all over his career on the piano.
Jonny – Lebo M: He lives in you. Lion King 2
Aaron – I’m loving the whole Temples, Tame Impala, TOY thing going on at the moment. A bit too much possibly; it’s good I’ve got the rest of the band to tell me when to turn the reverb down.
And Finally any last words from you?
Oli – May the fourth be with you. (Come early)
Guys, seriously thank you so much for spending some time with us, its been a pleasure- we can’t wait to see you live and strut your stuff this Weekend!
Now you’ve discovered another fantastic band from the incredible line-up get excited to hear more. If you haven’t already got your early bird tickets, get them whilst you can.Discover the stage line up below, grab your tickets and we will party with you all in great company this weekend. Exciting!
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