hmv.com reviews... The Bohicas @ Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach
Rising rockers The Bohicas tore it up in Cardiff last night (June 1st) and we were to review it all...
Essex four-piece rockers The Bohicas.
In Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach, the best venue in town.
Any good supports?
Cardiff based band The Cradles are already starting to gather up a lot of interest and excitement and from the basis of tonight, it's easy to see why. Taking influences from such bands as The Smiths and Arctic Monkeys their indie-rock sound is perfect for the crowd, with the material in songs like 'Denmark Street' and 'Dog Song" having a real Libertines vibe. Their songs are matched by their swagger and tight musicianship, making them already a damn fine live band. They close tonight with the infectious 'Locking My Door' and 'Ideal Girl' and really impress the welcoming crowd ensuring that the next time they will be selling out places like this by themselves.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
For a soggy, rainy Monday there is still a pretty decent turn out tonight. Buzz is going around for both bands before and after their sets and they get active particularly during the closing songs of The Bohicas' set.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It's almost a year to the day since The Bohicas supported Drenge in this very same venue and now they are headlining it themselves. After recently announcing details of their debut album The Making Of; which will be released in August, the band take the opportunity to showcase a lot of new material from that.
'I Do It For Your Love' opens the set and hits like a rocket from the outset. It sounds huge within the intimate venue and the pace doesn't dip throughout the whole set. The rock and roll numbers like 'Upside Down' and previous single 'XXX' are greatly received by the crowd with their onstage energy clearly resonating.
The crowd, damp from the rain get their dancing shoes on for the last couple of tunes in 'To Die For' and Swarm'. From the basis of songs tonight, there debut album is going to have a real latter days Arctic Monkeys' feel about it and could well be something special...
Did they put on much of a show?
The staging is very minimal, but the instruments are loud and a lot of effort is put into each and every one of them.
What was the highlight of the set?
Recent single 'Where You At; comes early in the set but is a highlight of the night. In it's three minutes it encapsulates pop, rock and roll and a pounding beat so irresistible that you just want to listen to it on repeat.
Where can I catch them next?
This tour sees them visiting Bristol, Southampton and London amongst others. They are also going to be doing the festival circuit this summer, so it seems pretty likely that you are going to be hearing their name everywhere for the next couple of months. You can buy tickets for their tour here.