hmv.com reviews... Turbowolf @ Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach
Turbowolf hit it hard in Cardiff last night (December 4th) and we were there to review it all...
The West-Country's finest art-rockers Turbowolf previewing tracks from their forthcoming album to be released next year.
Wales' premier live music venue Clwb Ifor Bach.
Any good supports?
Opening act God Dam are a two piece with elements of grunge and thrash metal, a very loud two-piece too! It takes a while to adjust to the volume of it but the crowd are very welcomin, shouting and cheering throughout.
Empress AD are on next, firing out their prog-rock to the crowd. It's a change from God Damn, but their mixture of calm and heavy elements again resonate with the appreciative audience.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It wasn't completely sold out, however the lively crowd more than made up for it. The pits were always full and incredibly intense.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Walking onto the stage to birdsong is really the calm before the storm. Then, it all lets rip when new song 'Invisible Hand' kicks in. That's then followed by the opening duo from their debut album of 'Ancient Snake' and 'Seven Severed Heads', which is when the place really starts to open up.
Their latest single 'Rabbit's Foot' has recently been gathering a lot of radio airtime and it's clear to see why. Their unique style of rock has been streamlined into a song which is as equal amounts trippy as it is heavy. New songs such as 'Good Hand' and the groovy 'Twelve Houses' are received with as much appreciation as older songs like 'Rose For The Crows' and the fantastic 'Read & Write'.
It all unfortunately finishes with a very original cover of MGMT's 'Electric Feel' followed by their intense debut album closer 'Let's Die' which at the end of it sees singer Chri" being raised in the air by the audience in appreciation of the show they've just witnessed.
Any good between song banter?
Sporting one of the best moustaches in the business, frontman Chris Georgiadis is highly entertaining really bringing a sense of showmanship and communicating with the crowd. It's not long before he's right into the audience giving high fives and hugs to the adoring fans.
Did they put on much of a show?
The stage set up involves two doors from a child's play house painted in gold at either side of the band. It's never explained why they are there, it just adds to the uniqueness of it all.
What was the highlight of the set?
'The Big Cut' from their debut album is a real treat tonight, the band keep taking things up a notch, layer after layer until they hammer down with its rousing and chaotic conclusion. They even invite a lucky fan in the middle of it all on stage to play synths with them. It's this intimacy and personalisation with the audience that you don't get with other bands at concerts.
Where can I catch them next?
Their tour sees them playing Bournemouth, Birmingham, Norwich and London before going back on tour with Royal Blood for their rescheduled tour dates. Expect a lot more from this band when their next album is released.