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With tongue-in-cheek humour throughout, the themes of  ‘Domestic Majestic’  revolve around self-care in the face of the difficult and mundane early-2020s.  Here’s the Email  is the band at its angriest and mostdestructive - presenting the perspective of the disgruntled office worker, now working from home, juxtaposing corporate life lyrics with jagged post-punk chaos. “Here’s the email / Hope you are safe and well / Hope your family’s well.”

 

Indie number  Me but not Tired  captures recurring thoughts that can plague our minds as we try to sleep (lyrics appropriately written at 2am).  Treat Yourself  is the classic mixture of revealing, uncomfortable lyrics paired with animated, uplifting pop instrumentation. You can hear the band having a ball playing around in much poppier territory than they are used to. “Why don’t you treat yourself to a little self love / You matter, you matter so much / You don’t matter, you matter”.


On the other end of the spectrum you have  Petrol Station Flowers , perhaps the most different and defiant song on the album which could be described as ambient chamber pop. The ghostly slide guitar, reverberating synths and crisp percussion join together as a monumental cloud. It would be the band’s most romantic statement yet if it wasn’t for Better With You, a song which started life as a synth line run through various bass guitar pedals, forming the backbone of the melody. The guitars, trying to find a
way in, pull from classical music tropes rarely heard in rock music. This results in a bombastic, spy movie feel. 

 

Yes Man’s  opening and closing choral sections were devised by producer  Charlie Francis  over 2 years after the band had written the bulk of the track. It sounds as if David Byrne was invited to write a songfor Gran Turismo 5 - the ultimate driving song.

 

The lyrics relate to life working under a psychopath, againneatly fitting into the album’s self-care theme. The eye-catchingly titled  The Grand Burstin Hotel  (named after the dilapidated ship shaped hotel in Folkestone, Kent) provides another curveball with the bandunexpectedly embracing a swing time rhythm.

 

Whilst they wear many hats it all fits neatly on one record.
 

 

'Domestic Majestic Tracklist'

1. Yes Man
2. Here’s the Email
3. Treat Yourself
4. Better with You
5. Me but not Tired
6. Cat Pose
7. The Grand Burstin Hotel
8. Petrol Station Flowers
9. U OK?
10. Little Bird

 

 

'Brilliant Band!'

John Kennedy, Radio X 

 

'It's my favorite new song'

Gary Crowley, BBC Radio London

 

"Eschewing many of the tired troupes of modern indie bands Silent Forum have an ambition, vision andthe tunes that make them irresistible."

God Is In The TV Zine


“Silent Forum are a combination of shadowy post punk and the more accessible side of indie rock. Theymove from cold and brooding to nervy, and almost overbold.”  Destroy//Exist


“Silent Forum provide a cinematic take on broody indie rock… The band melds thrumming guitar linesand emphatic vocals with an unwavering beat.”

Buffablog

“There is something really interesting, almost PIL-like with those guitars." Adam Walton,  BBC Radio Wales

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AmeriCymru St David's Day Playlist


By Ceri Shaw, 2024-01-26

AmeriCymru St David's Day Playlist



Croeso/welcome to our St David's Day Playlist. We will be adding more in the next few days. Below we have assembled some of the most traditional and patriotic Welsh songs with which to celebrate St David's Day. Enjoy/Mwynhewch!



Tracks



1   Yma o Hyd – Dafydd Iwan (English & Welsh lyrics and phonetic guide) Luca

2   Suo Gan ( Lullaby ) - Lyrics - Anthony Way and St. Paul's Cathedral Choir Somewheremaybe

3   Men of Harlech — Fron Male Voice Choir Anthems & Honors Music

4   Glan Mor Heli Carreg Lafar

5   Only Boys Aloud - The Welsh choir's Britain's Got Talent 2012 audition - Britain's Got Talent

6   Treorchy Male Voice Choir (Côr Meibion Treorci) - Myfanwy

7   Adra - Gwyneth Glyn (geiriau / lyrics)

8   Môr o Gariad, Meic Stevens - Penrhyn Gwyr (Gower Peninsula. Wales)

9   Welsh National Anthem - "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" (CY/EN)

10   Welsh sing Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau in front of a packed Principality! | Guinness Six Nations



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With tongue-in-cheek humour throughout, the themes of  ‘Domestic Majestic’  revolve around self-care in the face of the difficult and mundane early-2020s.  Here’s the Email  is the band at its angriest and mostdestructive - presenting the perspective of the disgruntled office worker, now working from home, juxtaposing corporate life lyrics with jagged post-punk chaos. “Here’s the email / Hope you are safe and well / Hope your family’s well.”

 

Indie number  Me but not Tired  captures recurring thoughts that can plague our minds as we try to sleep (lyrics appropriately written at 2am).  Treat Yourself  is the classic mixture of revealing, uncomfortable lyrics paired with animated, uplifting pop instrumentation. You can hear the band having a ball playing around in much poppier territory than they are used to. “Why don’t you treat yourself to a little self love / You matter, you matter so much / You don’t matter, you matter”.



On the other end of the spectrum you have  Petrol Station Flowers , perhaps the most different and defiant song on the album which could be described as ambient chamber pop. The ghostly slide guitar, reverberating synths and crisp percussion join together as a monumental cloud. It would be the band’s most romantic statement yet if it wasn’t for Better With You, a song which started life as a synth line run through various bass guitar pedals, forming the backbone of the melody. The guitars, trying to find a
way in, pull from classical music tropes rarely heard in rock music. This results in a bombastic, spy movie feel. 


 

Yes Man’s  opening and closing choral sections were devised by producer  Charlie Francis  over 2 years after the band had written the bulk of the track. It sounds as if David Byrne was invited to write a songfor Gran Turismo 5 - the ultimate driving song.

 

The lyrics relate to life working under a psychopath, againneatly fitting into the album’s self-care theme. The eye-catchingly titled  The Grand Burstin Hotel  (named after the dilapidated ship shaped hotel in Folkestone, Kent) provides another curveball with the bandunexpectedly embracing a swing time rhythm.

 


Whilst they wear many hats it all fits neatly on one record.
 

 

'Domestic Majestic Tracklist'

1. Yes Man
2. Here’s the Email
3. Treat Yourself
4. Better with You
5. Me but not Tired
6. Cat Pose
7. The Grand Burstin Hotel
8. Petrol Station Flowers
9. U OK?
10. Little Bird

 

 

'Brilliant Band!'

John Kennedy, Radio X 

 

'It's my favorite new song'

Gary Crowley, BBC Radio London

 

"Eschewing many of the tired troupes of modern indie bands Silent Forum have an ambition, vision andthe tunes that make them irresistible."

God Is In The TV Zine



“Silent Forum are a combination of shadowy post punk and the more accessible side of indie rock. Theymove from cold and brooding to nervy, and almost overbold.”  Destroy//Exist



“Silent Forum provide a cinematic take on broody indie rock… The band melds thrumming guitar linesand emphatic vocals with an unwavering beat.”

Buffablog

“There is something really interesting, almost PIL-like with those guitars." Adam Walton,  BBC Radio Wales

 


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R*E*P*E*A*T Presents

Leeks and Beets
A four way split single LP on limited 12” re-ground vinyl
for little more than the cost of a 7”

featuring

Leeks from South Wales
Bad Shout
and Monet
Beets from East Anglia
Acid Alchemist
and The Monoliths
Available on Bandcamp and digitally from December 1 st
and in record stores nationwide via Shellshock distribution from January 2024


Long standing underground DIY label R*E*P*E*A*T celebrate its dual Swansea / Cambridge heritage with a record showcasing uproarious talents from both East and West




Bad Shout

“Unhinged in all the best ways. I utterly love it. Sounds like someone left a cassette of Supergrass' debut album on the dashboard in the sun with Husker Du's Zen Arcade for just a little too long and it mutated into this”.– Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales.
“Ones to Watch” Buzz Magazine

instagram.com/badshoutuk

Monet

“a stomping, melodic cry for change that fuses a raw barrage of caustic guitar riffs and surreal screams of the likes of the Dead Kennedys with the twisty turny relentless energy of early At the Drive-In” . God is in the TV. “fast becoming the enfant terrible’s of the South Wales music scene “ Clash Music.

instagram.com/monetbanduk

Acid Alchemist

Debut garage recording from furious, feather boaed and frantic cross dressing face painted rock upstarts from a sleepy village in Cambridge.

instagram.com/acid_alchemist_band

The Monoliths

Teenage psychedelic post-punk metal mayhem with an ear for unexpectedly massive sounds and unlikely time signatures. Their healthy disrespect for their elders and lessers hasn't stopped them packing out venues across London and the South East.

instagram.com/themonoliths/


Launch Gigs

Saturday December 16 th Elysium Swansea
(Bad Shout, Monet and special guest headliners Llanelli's disco punkers, Stickman)

Thursday December 28 th The Portland Arms Cambridge
(Acid Alchemist and The Monoliths plus support)


A
R*E*P*E*A*T DIY Punk Rock East West Rebel Alliance Production 2023

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Mae  Recordiau Noddfa  yn falch iawn o gyhoeddi bydd y trac  'Crachach ', sy'n ymddangos ar albwm  'Cig Cymreig' Crinc  ddaeth allan fis Medi 2023, yn cael ei ryddhau fel sengl ddydd Gwener yma 26ain Ionawr.

Eglura Llŷr Alun o'r band:  "Neshi 'sgwennu’r gân yn ganol lockdown yn Bangor a recordio’r demo i albwm 'Cofi-19'. Oni’m yn licio’r final product gyda electric drum kit o GarageBand felly nath' ni ail recordio yn y Buarth, yn fyw gyda Dafydd Ieuan ag Kris Jenkins, ar ôl fi symud i Gaerdydd."

Mae'r sengl yn cael ei ryddhau mewn ymateb i'r hyn sy'n digwydd yn Gaza ar hyn o bryd lle bydd unrhyw elw yn mynd tuag at  UNICEF.








Hailing from Bangor, North Wales,  Welsh Alternative band 'CRINC'  have announced a brand new single via their own label  Noddfa Records.




Noddfa Records  are delighted to announce that the track  'Crachach' , which appears on  CRINC's 'Cig Cymreig'  album that came out in September 2023, will be released as a single this  Friday 26th January.

Llŷr Alun from the band explains:  "I wrote the song in Bangor during lockdown and recorded the demo for the 'Cofi-19' album. I didn't like the final product with the electric drum kit from GarageBand so we recorded it again at the Buarth, live with Dafydd Ieuan and Kris Jenkins, after I moved to Cardiff."

The single is being released in response to the Gaza crisis at the moment and any income generated from the track will be donated to  UNICEF.



 


Donate to UNICEF Here https://orcd.co/crachach   


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Sister Envy hail from the North Wales coast, a place of mystery, harshness, and beauty, a place where opportunity is blocked for younger people yet dreams can break through. It’s here that Sister Envy met at college, this fast-emerging Alternative Psychedelic rock quartet are a brand new signing to North Wales label Yr Wyddfa Records, Snowdonia (home to Holy Coves). 

Their first single ' Mourning Sickness '  released on all streaming platforms on the 23rd of February eases you into their world. Woozy psychedelic-tinged guitars and enveloping vocals that detail the bleary moments after you wake. North Walian singer-songwriter Kameron Jolliffe vividly captures the wistful memories of growing up. With his infectious vocals burrowing their way into your head.  Possessing a carousel of percussion, a tapestry of beguiling rock sound, that takes influence from the sounds of the 60s and 70s but also the early 90s indie and gaze scene of bands like, My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Spiritualized. 

Kameron Jolliffe says of the bands debut single; “ Mourning Sickness was the first song I ever wrote when I was 16, and it feels like it makes sense for it to be released first, almost like an ode to my past self and what was happening in my life at that time.“

Sister Envy have been busy honing their sound in the studio with Welsh producers  Owain Ginsberg (Hippies Vs Ghosts) & Scott Marsden (Holy Coves) over recent months getting ready for ‘ Mourning Sickness ’ their debut single release this February. 

Their initial three singles were recorded in Liverpool at the famous Motor Museum Studio with Ben Harper. Mixed in France by Welsh legend Owain Ginsberg and mastered in Austin Texas by American producer Erik Wofford (The Black Angels).  Over the next twelve months, Sister Envy will invite you into their fascinating world over a series of singles releases and shows including a debut performance at Focus Wales in May.  Gradually revealing the different faces of their tapestry of sound and fledgling experience. 



Sister Envy band




Kameron Jolliffe - Vocals and Lead Guitar

Matty Waring - Guitar

Callum Jones - Bass

Ryan Roberts - Drums

 

http://www.facebook.com/sisterenvyband

http://www.instagram.com/sisterenvyband

http://www.twitter.com/sisterenvyband

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Jac  by Sam Adams (Y Lolfa) is a novel of boyhood novel set in a south Wales Valley during the Second World War (1939-1945).

Described as “a lyrical and beautifully crafted story of growing up in the Valleys in the shadow of World War II” by poet, essayist and editor John Barnie, the novel follows Jac, a young boy at the start of the story, as he grows in awareness of the world beyond his home and family.

Author Sam Adams says:

“I wrote the novel to recall a lost age – wartime and the era of coal production in south Wales; the realities of the time. I also wanted to explore and commemorate the first steps in life outside the home, first friends and first boyhood adventures.”

The novel explores how war affected everything, including the play of children.

“The novel is semi-biographical, as I was a boy during the Second World War and grew up in a mining valley in south Wales. I have tried to recapture a time and a place which I know well,” said Sam Adams. 

Jac   by Sam Adams is available now (£9.99, Y Lolfa).



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The Rhondda & Trealaw Cross


By Ceri Shaw, 2024-01-15







Here is the famous Rhondda Cross in Trealaw, Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales. 83 year old founder Glyn Thomas has given his first ever video interview to Sonny Davies AKA Teacher Sonny D explaining why he built it and his hopes for it to be maintained in the decades to come.




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