hmv.com reviews... Young Guns @ Cardiff's Y Plas
Young Guns previewed their new album Ones And Zeroes at an intimate show in Cardiff and we were there to review it all.
Rockers Young Guns promoting material from their new album Ones And Zeroes.
In Cardiff Y-Plas for the first time in almost three years.
Any good supports?
Nothing But Thieves are great at warming up the early crowd. Having already gaining a lot of radio airtime recently they really entertain tonight gaining a lot more fans in the process.
They certainly have the songs to boot, but boy does the lead singer Conor have a set of pipes on him. The falsetto during the blistering 'Ban All The Music' rivals that of Muse's Matt Bellamy and throughout the entire set the vocals are literally spine-tingling, it's most evident on 'If I Get High'.
The highlight of the set is current single 'Itch', opening up their set it shows the whole band in full flow. It's clear to see why they are being tipped to be one of the best new bands out there.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It isn't quite sold out but it's not far away. Those who are here though have filled up a good amount of space in the venue even when they are trying to get as close as they can towards the front.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It's perfectly balanced between their first two albums and upcoming third release Ones And Zeroes. Opening with the electro heavy 'I Want Out' into 'Dearly Departed' from their second album Bones, the fans are suitably bouncy and clapping along.
Old favourites like 'Crystal Clear' and 'Weight Of The World' are still played with the same vibrancy and energy as if they were brand new. New songs like the epic 'Daylight' sound so big that the feel like they are going to take the roof off. It's even more evident live that Young Guns really know how to construct a killer chorus.
Another highlight is the heavy 'Elements' which feels as though it is constantly charging at you. The best is saved for last with a wonderful rendition of 'Bones' complete with special guests and mass sing-a-longs.
Any good between song banter?
There was a lot of talk between songs which was really welcoming as the band were shown to be really humbled by the reception from the crowd tonight. At one point towards the end there was a very unsubtle hint that they might be headed to Download Festival next weekend.
Did they put on much of a show?
The band gave everything there all and it showed they were having a ball on stage. In terms of energy and getting the crowd going they couldn't be faulted.
What was the highlight of the set?
Set closer 'Bones' draws the biggest cheers and sing alongs of the night. The band are also graced by a guest singer in ex-Kids In Glass Houses frontman Aled Phillips. Both vocalists get stuck into the first couple of rows as the chorus rings out; ending on a massive high.
Where can I catch them next?
Upcoming dates in June include Manchester, Norwich, Newcastle and Hull. You can also catch them in HMV stores next week in London, Glasgow and Sheffield, where they will be performing live and signing copies of their new album Ones And Zeroes. If their rumours are true then you may also be seeing them perform at Download next weekend too!
Young Guns' new album Ones And Zeroes is out now.