Parenthetical Girls - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff - 18.11.08

Parenthetical Girls have a girlie boy man woman guys gals thing going on, know what I'm saying? It's all gender switch lyrics an' shit, which is always good, and in the case of Parenthetical Girls it's bloody good! This gig was in a weenie little venue, the downstairs of Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff.

There were three support bands who I will review...now!
Zissou: Heavy on haircuts and "indie". Nice cover of Nashville Parthenon by CFTPA.
Hail! The Planes: Terrible name, sounded really good during the intro for the first song but the singing spoiled it. Really didn't like the guy singing but when the girl sang it was really good. She should sing all the songs.
Ladybird: Sort of, like, funtime guitar pop. Ok.

There was one headline band who I will review...now!
Parenthetic Girls: Absolutely amazing, possibly the gig of the year and certainly in my top ten of all time. All four members of the band switch instruments between pretty much every song which I usually find a bit wack but in this case I thought it was spiffing. Zac was just great, he was "air twiddling", doing sort of scooty marching both forwards and backwards, rolling around on the floor, climbing on the seats, crawling across the bar, drumming on the walls, doors, steps, speakers, singing from outside the venue, and at one point he was even flat on his back with his head between the legs of the one, the only, the, Boxing Duck!,,,,,,,,,,,,,

(Click the photo to see the rest from the gig...)

Some dude from Los Campesinos! (?) sang the first song and kept giving me the evil's all night, I've never bothered listening to them, the name is a bit to (sic) fun sounding for me, I'm not a big fan of fun. Track, list:

Love Connection
Love Connection Pt. II
Four Words
I Was The Dancer
Avenue Of Trees
Gut Symmetries
The Weight She Fell Under
Stolen Children
This Regrettable End



BlairKills said...


That is a band I think you might like, and I think kinda fits your blog. It is their new ep leak, I included the cover and everything. You should check it out and post, if you think your readers will like it, I like the stuff you put on your blog and I love this, so I assume others will!
Their name is Darling's Cabinet of Sundry Horror, and its kind of like gothic folk/protopunk for fans of the birtday party and the violent femmes, and maybe even marilyn manson or Tom waits.

loosecardiff said...

"Some dude from Los Campesinos! (?) sang the first song and kept giving me the evil's all night,"

what? no he didn't don't be silly.. i saw all.. sillybilly liz x