Music can transport us to another world and fill us with so much joy. If lockdown is getting you down, why not indulge your senses in some fantastic new music from emerging Welsh bands?
This glorious sunshine is deserving of equally glorious music, and rest assured that Cardiff hotshots Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard will delight you with their flamboyantly fun tracks. Oozing with summery, festival-y vibes, let Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard take you on a dizzy daydream, with a nostalgic 70s trip. Honing sounds from early Queen and the like, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard are making their mark on the capital’s scene; latest single Hollywood Actors has been released ahead of their debut EP Non-Stop, due on Fri 10 July.
Carmarthen’s Adwaith provide a scorching new take on indie music that is delighting fans. Primarily Welsh language but with a few songs in English, the group have already scooped the Welsh Music Prize amongst other awards, and are certainly making a name for themselves in and outside of our homeland. Praised for their relatable songs and gorgeous vocals, the group capture female spirit and feminism in all its bold beauty. Adwaith recently auctioned a copy of debut album Melyn, raising over £150 for Tarian Cymru in aid of Healthcare.
In times like these we all need uplifting, and what better way to do so than by listening to indie rock goodness from Swansea’s very own Trampolene. Fronted by the crazily charming Jack Jones, Trampolene deliver head-spinningly good music that will blow your mind. From the charged fast-paced Alcohol Kiss to softer acoustic numbers such as Cinderella’s Shoe, Trampolene have been climbing up the music ladder for years and have gathered a cult following as a result. Latest single Uncle Brian’s Abattoir is gorgeously poetic and features Libertines frontman Pete Doherty.
Female-powered punk combined with feisty lyrics: say hello to Panic Shack. Swirling up a storm on stage, this band have certainly made an impression in a very short space of time with their unapologetically loud music and adoration for chaos. If you are looking for music that is unique and different, Panic Shack will definitely provide for a pleasant surprise, minus the pleasantries of course. Latest single Jiu Jits You packs a punch with how good it is.
Music can portray a strong message, and this is certainly conveyed through the beauty of local indie-folk band Rosehip Teahouse. Advocates for mental health and positivity, it is easy to lose yourself in the soothingly soft tones of their music, whilst being enlightened and inspired by the poignant messages woven throughout. Fragile topics are addressed with an unwavering clarity, captured by lead vocalist and songwriter Faye Rodgers.
Rosehip Teahouse most recently recorded and released a track entirely in isolation, which may help you during these obscure times: It’s The Wrong Time, available to stream exclusively on Bandcamp.
There you have it: five Welsh bands, and some brilliant new music to listen to. I’ve named just a few above, but there are hundreds of local bands out there who could really do with your support and love at the moment. It is crucial we continue to help our local music scene in any way we can, whether that is by streaming music, purchasing physical copies of an album, buying merch, or donating to a local fundraising page.
Check out organisations such as The Music Venue Trust and Help Musicians UK for further advice.
Words: Rebecca Llewellyn