Battle of the band style events are weird things. To me, live music brings people together because of a shared love of a band, so that element of competition has never sat well with me. But whilst self-righteous idealists like me might pour scorn on them, they do give bands the opportunity to take their music to a wider audience and a bit of a platform.
In this year’s Big Gig, Cardiff trio Albatross Archive were judged to be the most awesome, and there’s defintely something unique about their sound, with some lovely off-beat rhythms and intricate piano and energetic vocals in their track In the Dark. It contrasts nicely with Perfect is Dull (my favourite track from their Little Litter EP), with its lilting melodies and gentle electronic ambience.
They’ll be contributing to a round at Oxjam’s Music Quiz in the Full Moon on Wednesday, and then supporting Scriber (who plays some pretty stunning pared back music himself) in Gwdihw on 31 July – ideal opportunities to check out some pretty strong music.