hmv.com reviews… Future Of The Left @ Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach
Future Of The Left hit up Cardiff last week and we were there to take it all in...
The very loud Welsh rockers Future Of The Left.
A homecoming gig in Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach.
Any good supports?
Welsh band The St Pierre Snake Invasion are a great way to lead proceedings before the main act. From the outset, lead vocalist Damien Sayell has created his own arch in the front of the crowd, owning the area with his deafening screams.
Stating that he's still in his work clothes from earlier in the day, there's still a lot of energy going on. New song 'Moonlight Sinatra' is particularly heavy and sounds great tonight.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It's sold out tonight and everyone is on very lively form. There are may crowdsurfers, some stationary, some in motion. However they do it, there is a lot of heat coming from the centre of the room.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
We get a real mix across their entire back catalogue tonight opening with 'Kept By Bees' from their debut straight into 'Arming Eritrea' from their sophomore effort. 'Small Bones Small Bodies' gets people bouncing very early on; the bass extremely prominent here and throughout the rest of the set for that matter.
'The Limits Of Battleships' and what they refer to as a ballad 'If AT&T Drank Tea What Would BP Do?' are both highlights from their latest album and most of the set tonight is filled with the heavier material as heard on the record. Both 'Robocop' and 'How To Spot A Record Company' create some of the biggest pits of the night. One thing for certain is that after the gig, there are going to be a lot of ringing ears for days to come as whilst it's all very tight, it is gloriously loud!
Proceedings end with a couple of Mclusky covers which are greeted with the biggest reactions of the night both in terms of crowd volume and movement. 'To Hell With Good Intentions' takes it up a gear, but 'Lightsabre' is on a different level entirely. Mixed in with 'Lapsed Catholics', it's a chaotic and wonderful end to a show full of high intensity.
Any good between song banter?
Lead singer Andy Falcous is known for not holding back when it comes to sharing his opinion. There are frequent interactions with members of the crowd along with sound advice when it comes to finding drummers.
Did they put on much of a show?
Every lyric that comes out of Andy Falcous is shouted with such bile and intensity that it's clear to see they are putting everything into it. At the end we even get the band dismantling their kit around the stage whilst bassist Julia rides on a crowd members' shoulders as they break into a blistering bass solo.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Robocop' on record is both rocking and satirically hilarious and played live, it is no exception. It doesn't follow any conventional structured pattern and this only adds to its thrilling nature. Any song which compares the lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins to Voldermort is surely going to be a highlight!
Where can I catch them next?
Nothing at the moment, but they're never off the road for long so keep checking their website for more details.
Future Of The Left's new album The Peace & Truce Of Future Of The Left is out now and available to preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page.