Never mind Facebook and Bebo
Feb 8 2008 by Huw Stephens, Western Mail
ONE of Wales’ most exciting new music prospects, the excellent Truckers of Husk, played another quality gig at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff recently.
While the venue celebrates 25 years of existence this year, Truckers are only nine months old. Their mostly instrumental, frantic, tight guitar songs work well live and also on plastic, as their forthcoming debut EP proves. It’s coming out on My Kung Fu, the label that’s also home to Cerys Matthews, Richard James, The Voices and Soft Hearted Scientists.
The label’s Carl Morris has been very busy of late. Not only does he get up early to go to learn Welsh every weekday, DJs and runs the aforementioned label, he has, with his friends, also invented a phenomenon – remember the word Sleeveface, because it looks like it’ll be around for a while.
Sleeveface is when you hold a record sleeve, preferably with a face on the sleeve in front of your face. That’s your sleeveface!
The more imaginative and detailed the picture you take the better, of course, and now this fun practice has got a name, a book deal and a website, so it certainly looks set to enter the public consciousness.
There’s a snazzy video made by young Welsh director Ewan Jones Morris up online at the moment too on sleeveface.com
People might have been doing this for years, but this strange and easy-to-do act looks set to gain in popularity, provided you have a sleeve to hold up. It obviously doesn’t work as well with mp3s and downloads.
There are two Welsh male singers that are well worth keeping an eye on at the moment.
Eilir Pierce has just released an album called Degawdawns with 10 tracks from previous albums, along with 100 tracks hidden on the CD. Yes, you read it right – 100 tracks.
His trail-of-thought lyrics and off-kilter guitar and drums sound are unusual and interesting and he has been selling well in Cob Records in Bangor. He has great song titles too, especially Stop and Come With Me to the Pub. Say no more.
The other one-man-band who’s doing it for himself at the moment is Rod Thomas. Rod is from Swansea and lives in London, and has a knack of making super accessible, light-hearted yet poignant music and he just happens to be touring at the moment.