For anyone not already familiar with The Globe which is based in the Roath area of Cardiff, it’s a small, but cozy, pleasant space where if you’re lucky enough to be down the front you’re pretty much on top of the stage. It’s that much of an intimate venue. We were lucky enough to catch British Sea Power at their sold out show at the venue last week.
I’ve never been too sure about bands who name an album and a song after themselves, but first up to support British Sea Power were Cardiff-based five-piece American Mustard. The band weren’t 100% my thing, but their sometimes funky, far too catchy, brash rock ‘n’ roll was enjoyable to say the least.
Complete with dancing bears, a garden ornament heron and leafy foliage, British Sea Power were up next and as usual, they are a band that will never disappoint, even down to the stage decoration side of things. The band opened with the opening track from 2010’s ‘Valhalla Dancehall’ album, ‘Who’s In Control’, a track which is certain to get the crowd singing along from the word go. The chaotic, but also charming ‘How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?’ went down a storm alongside the also catchily titled ‘Lights Out For Darker Skies’ earlier in the set, as well as ‘It Ended On An Oily Stage’. Mid-set “mustard” banter ensued evidently inspired by the support bands name. I still can’t remember whether it was decided on that English, Welsh or in fact American mustard was the best.
Later in the set and joining the party, the band’s “bi-polar” bears (pictured below*) paraded through the crowd during ‘No Lucifer’ and ‘Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)’ a single and favourite from the band’s latest album ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’. Finishing up on the brilliant instrumental which is ‘The Great Skua’, the gig was brought to a relaxing close. British Sea Power have proved once again that they are certainly one of the best bands in the country right now and are not a band to be missed.