On Wednesday, The Fused played a brilliant set supporting Them Dead Beats as they launched their EP ‘Hang On a Second’. Unfortunately I didn’t see Them Dead Beats due to Arriva Trains Wales disgustingly bad train services. However, I have heard that their set was sweaty, heavy and enthusiastic.
Firstly, I have to comment on the Gwdihŵ. For those who aren’t from Cardiff, you may not know the bar and even if you’re from here, it’s hidden away from the centre of town. It was my first time at this place and I have to say I was really impressed, it’s such a beautiful building and has a really happy atmosphere about it. The Gwdihŵ is even smaller than the downstairs room of Clwb Ifor Bach but holds a more personal and intimate feeling to it. I will definitely be back for a gig there soon.
The fused began their set playing ‘Are You Ready For a Dance’, a song that instantly had the crowd hooked by its energetic guitar leads. The band then launched into their eccentric latest single ‘Take It Or Leave Me’ which had the whole room bouncing with energy. You could feel the floor shaking with excitement as part of the band made their way off stage to play into the crowd. They then slowed the pace to play ‘The Bouncer and The Underage Teen’, thankfully giving me and my friend the chance to breathe in what was now becoming a sweaty packed room.
Further into their set, the band played their heavier rendition of The Stooges ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’. The song had lead vocalist Acton-Dyer passionately singing every word with a hint of aggression. They then finished off their set with a personal favourite of mine, ‘Familar State’. The song that never fails to bring the audience together and the band had everyone grooving along to it. Lead singer Ellis Action-Dyer and bassist Ethan Poole made their way into the crowd in a rockstar manner.
I thoroughly enjoyed their gig yet again. It’s not possible to come out of a Fused gig feeling unsatisfied as their electric energy is contagious to everyone at their show.
Luckyman Records are sending The Fused and Amber on tour next month and I highly recommend that you see them. Tickets aren’t expensive and you’ll definitely have a great night.
They have also just been confirmed for the second year of Sam Hoy’s Hoyfest! Which they will be playing along with bands such as Pretty Vicious, Himalays, Estrons and many more.
You can get tickets for the band’s tour through their Facebook page here: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=907434665977298 as well as being sold on doors.
Buy tickets to see The Fused at Hoyfest 2017 here:
Photographs by Rhys Skinner.