Fossette, Himalayas, Glass Caves @ Undertone, Cardiff, 19/06/2017

Glass CavesIf you're a fan of anything like Arctic Monkeys, then you would have been just as wild as my best friend and I at this gig. On one of the hottest days ever in Britain, we could have (and would have) sweated anywhere, but we decide to grace the basement venue that is Undertone, Cardiff to see Glass Caves alongside two fantastic support acts.

Fun was basically guaranteed, as we've rarely been let down by a gig Fossette have played. Perhaps this is why they're even named the French for 'dimple' - because the music makes your dimples dance. If that's not why, then it should be.  I remember my first Fossette gig, in The Louisiana, Bristol; my university friends and I were loving life up at the front of the stage. I'd never heard of this band, but felt like I always should have. Three years later and I'm still addicted to that feeling I get at their live sets, boast a poster of these fun friends on my wall, and use their gigs as new music fishing trips. This time, it includes both Glass Caves and Himalayas.

Fossette's songs are meaningful, melodic, and still catchy; I'd summarise it as indie-angst. They always bring intense energy, interact with their audiences, and give the gigs their best, no matter the audience size. This time was no exception. So, I'll list below a few of my favourites and why they're worth breaking a hip to hop to:

  • "Living In Your Box" - the moan at small-mindedness we all want to have. (I'm still trying to get my adaptation of a 'cardboard box' hand motion to catch on as a regular dance move).
  • "Problem After Problem" - I mentally channel these lyrics at any useless person ever. Singing and dancing them should be a public therapy, like yoga, but for people who aren't very good at being quiet. (Is that a thing already?)
  • "Drag Me Down" - Always makes me feel very defiant. It's assertive...

I'm realising the theme as I write this: it's epiphany music. Like that sense of calm you feel after de-cluttering your life. Essentially, much of the lyrical content perfectly illustrates social tortures anyone could relate to, but are hidden in deceptively upbeat tunes. Listen to Fossette, dance away your intensities.

The Himalayas are a group of mountains in Asia, which famously include Mount Everest. Not to be confused the Welsh indie rock band we're actually seeing. I do, however, pick up a melodic bhangra riff from the guitars in one song, "How Do You Sleep?". It stuck out to me, and in the moment I can't place why, but The Beatles spring to mind. Ironically, The Beatles started their journey of Indian influence in Bangor, and the general fusion of Punjabi-folk with Western rock has been around since the 70s. But my comparisons end soon. While The Beatles would serenade you sweetly with requests to hold your hand, Himalayas have all these sexy distorted guitar breakdowns and thundering drums interrogating your ears with soft, gravel-toned vocals. Cue an inspirational quote about loving yourself first - because one guitarist decided to waltz into the audience (still playing) and turn toward the rest of the band on stage. Participating as an audience member for a while, I think he was just enjoying the perspective.

Earlier on in the week I'd checked out a social media live stream of Glass Caves busking in Broadmead, Bristol city centre. That place is a competitive street performance spot. Maybe why I was surprised at how decent it was; for a lack of professional filming or sound engineer, the sound was impeccable.  It was their latest single "Swim", and it went straight to my summer feels.

Seeing them properly was even better. The sound is dreamy, melodic, droning guitar lines and euphoria-enhancing rhythms. These guys from Leeds were so chill, super smiley, and gave off a cheeky but cool vibe. Cardiff begged for one more wave-worthy encore. It's their last day of what I'm guessing was a fantastic tour for Glass Caves.

Unrelated to the sound, I have to say, envious locks are sprouting out of these heads. It's hair that could make Bob Ross and the inaccurate Western interpretation of Biblical man ask for tips. I would pay to see that on its own, so alongside my lifelong friend, I'm glad it's attached to our new summer music.


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