Monico Blonde – Clwb Ifor Bach gig review

An unusually warm April Saturday evening for Cardiff provided the perfect atmosphere for Monico Blonde’s sold out gig in the downstairs room at Clwb Ifor Bach.

Their show got off to a late start with one of the keyboards malfunctioning moments before they were due to start. Despite this, the band were still able to put on a terrific show, making the absence of the broken keyboard barely noticeable.

The native Cardiffians brought in quite the crowd, with many singing along and dancing to the band’s oeuvre, particularly their songs Flower on Tarmac and Love is an Only Child.

Much like the weather of the day, Monico Blonde’s set was packed full of sunshine, with smiles all around and their energy, reminding us of the excitement that indie pop can bring.

Part of a line up brought to Clwb Ifor Bach by This Feeling, Monico Blonde was supported by fellow local acts, Al Moses and Lunar Bird, both of whom crafted the perfect atmosphere for the main act.

In between performing tunes, the band made the crowd laugh by telling jokes and anecdotes, which revealed the laidback and easygoing, but charismatic personality of the band.

As well as performing a cornucopia of original songs, the band finished their set by covering an upbeat and spirited rendition of Weezer’s Buddy Holly.

2018 is promising to be an exciting year for Monico Blonde, following being support on Coasts’ recent headline tour and being praised by both Huw Stephens of BBC Radio One and John Kennedy of Radio X.

In the line of this excitement, Monico Blonde was this week announced for the BBC Music Introducing gig as part of the BBC Radio One Academy taking place in Swansea on Saturday 5th May.

Monico Blonde’s gig at Clwb Ifor Bach followed the recent release of their single When Girls Cry.

You can listen to this single here: https://youtu.be/_EcAqxkkvDI

Image courtesy of bands Facebook.

Words by Declan Godfrey.

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