Didn’t arrive in the best of moods for this – horrid driving weather and confusing parking directions. ended up parking on the street which i noticed was Resident’s parking so I resigned myself to a fine…and then got to the Venue and the band had started early – unheard of!
Anyway, the Tramshed is a nicely done up shed – and the politest security ever. As the band had just started I may have missed any introductions but there wasn’t a lot of chat with the audience until the end. No matter. Slowly Low got me unwound with their strange mixture of guitar thrash and fragile melody. No support they played 2 sets – most of last year’s album Ones & Sixes plus a popular selection from the back catalogue. Not many laughs or histrionics (the odd puff of dry ice and coloured lights felt almost sarcastic) but highly atmospheric – makes me think of stopping by woods – lovely dark and deep. The feel exemplified for me by one of my favourite songs from last year “What Part of Me”(which I discovered very late) – a brilliant pop song.
The very polite security wished us goodnight as we left and the car was ticket-less so thank you Cardiff. Horrible rain but I was already de-stressed for the drive home on the M4.
Attentive, appreciative – and one very excitable whistler (too loud, man) Not as many hipster beards or tats as Bristol.
It made me think..
Worth the effort and stress – I apologise to the residents of Clare Street for impinging on their parking. I’m off to read some Robert Frost