Focus Wales: Bring on 2016!

IMG_3906Again this year, the best new acts from the Welsh lands and beyond will be performing for the 5th edition of Focus Wales, held in the North Welsh town of Wrexham. Plenty of venues, plenty of fun to discover new music, comedy, art and discover the secrets of how to be successful in the music industry today with the interactive panels at the festival.

For the fifth edition, it’s better than ever. Headliners are  Mold rockers Joy Formidable, who are fresh from releasing their brand new album Hitch, Leeds’ own trio The Sunshine Underground who will make us ready to dance. Also, Cardiff’s indie poppers Los Campesinos will be part of the party, this will definitely be a special night that shouldn’t be missed since their last album No Blues was released back in 2013.

Regulars will perform in different venues. Think about Baby Brave with their edgy guitars, Blood Lips with their hard rocker souls or the folk pop from singer songwriter Connah Evans, or welsh singing and Gorweilion program new band Swnami.

On the interactive side, we will be able to hear thoughts from legends Peter Hook (he will also perform a dj set) and punk-rocker Viv Albertine formerly from the Slits alongside people from PRS for music, Pop Montreal, BBC, journalists from various papers like Liverpool’s indie Bido Lito! and John Robb, editor from Louder than War (and also Membranes member)

Good news this year! No there won’t be 4 days of music but 5 with the Magic Numbers added on the bill. Stay tuned!

Tracks/Albums of the week: September 1st

Here’s our selection for this week’s show.


Chvrches-Leave A Trace

We fell in love with the second track taken from the forthcoming second album Every Open Eye. The Glasgow outfit is coming back with melodic electro pop and some very artistic video.


Foals-What Went Down

The Oxford quintet is back with their fourth album. Experiencing progressive rock sounds, some orchestral arrangements and Arcade Fire-esque guitar riffs, Foals are back in a good way. Produced by James Ford, it’s definitely our record of the week.


Hooton Tennis Club-Highest Point in Cliff Town

Hailing from northern England, those four guys making joyful melodies, getting back to the great old britpop days. If you like Menswear, Supergrass and co, you’ll definitely like this first album from the band, out now on Heavenly Records




Tracks of the week/August 18th 2015

Here’s some of the great new releases and tracks we will be playing on the show this week

Editors-Life Is A Fear

Brand new track taken from the band’s forthcoming fifth album. Less guitar, more synths, Editors evolving from post-punk guitars to an eighties dark wave sound. Still, it’s a brilliant track and we can’t wait to hear the remaining songs. In Dreams will be out October 2nd on PIAS.


Sundara Karma-Flame

Fans of Peace, Swim Deep and all these pop-grungy outfits, will like the brand new single from Sundara Karma, Flame. With catchy guitars mixed with bits of electronics, we just want to tap our feets to the ground and go on the dancefloor. Groovy melodies, we just can’t wait for a full album from the Reading quartet.


The School-Do I Love You?

If you are more into the retro thing, why not listen to this brand new track from Cardiff’s own The School. First single taken from their forthcoming 3rd album Wasting Away and Wondering, about to be released on September 4th through Elefant Records. With sixties northern soul riffs with some kind of Ronettes vocals, The School offers a refreshing sound for the end of the summer.


LOOM-Bleed On Me

Tarik and Harry Badwan (yeah, the brothers of the well-known Faris from the Horrors) just released an exclusive and very limited 7”, Bleed on Me on Raft Records. The brothers and their friends are transporting us with well-driven raw guitars riffs, noisy drums reminiscing of the early post-punk era.


Stay tuned for more on Tuesday August 18th, 8pm east on

Tracks of the week/August 11th 2015

wnh3This week on the show we got plenty of great new tracks and bands to make you hear. Here’s some of our best picks!

Baby Strange-California Sun

Brand new single by Glasgow outfit, less punkish as we heard on the previous singles. Now, they went in a completely direction a little bit more shoegaze and 60’s pop. If you like fuzzy guitars and catchy drum beats.

We’re No Heroes-Voodoo

Welsh rockers from Cardiff just released this new single and we are playing it over and over again. With groovy basslines rhythm which is reminiscent of early Foals, we cannot wait to see what’s next after the great Shiver EP, release a while ago. Perfect tune to put on to dance in a good old fashioned party. You can still check our interview with them just here

The Libertines-Gunga Din

Unexpected return from the Pete Doherty-Carl Barat leaded band. Being used to their punk-rock riffs, it’s without surprises that they are offering us this upbeat, inspired by The Clash, pop-reggae tune. Still wondering how Anthems for Doomed Youth will sound like. The album is about to be released on September 4th through Virgin-EMI

More to come soon…

Stay tuned on Tuesday nights to discover our best songs of the week live on


Wrexham’s Baby Brave interview


Baby Brave was formed a while ago and it’s mixing loads of influences. Where have you taken this retro-indie-pop sound?

When we were Baby Brave & the Love Bites we had more of a 60’s girl pop influence with the harmonies and shoop-shoop dance moves. Since then, one of the girls has left the band and we’ve renamed to just Baby Brave. The change in both line-up and name has lead us to reconsider our sound, and so for the past 2 years we’ve been working on a Noise-Pop genre, dripping with distorted electric guitars, a heavier feel inspired by My Bloody Valentine, Brian Eno and, more recently, St Vincent and the Dum Dum Girls. 

Your latest release was the King Horse EP, could you let us know more about your creative process for this EP?
We recorded King Horse in an abandoned buddhist monastery in North Wales, which definitely influenced how the record sounded. Being high up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere was an experience within itself, let alone a fantastic place to record music! We started with the drums and then began layering multiple guitar tracks to create that soundscape feel that shaped the record. We added in elements which were never in our ‘live’ set, new parts emerged and we have since incorporated these into our performances. Then vocals. Loads of vocals.
So we recorded these 3 tracks which we had been playing for a while, but felt that the record needed an element of something different. One session in the studio, we stopped working on those tracks and decided to record a completely new song… and then ‘Wrists’ was born! First drums, then a dissonant piano, then guitars, then vocals… I remember making some very strange sounds into the microphone which Steve warped to make sound completely different… The lyrics were inspired from an old art book which Mike was carrying in his rucksack at the time, heralding the victorious line of completion of the whole King Horse experience, “It is done now!”

You’re on the small label Drum With Our Hands which Steve from the bands started, how do you describe the collaborative work between the band and the label?

The band makes records, and the label tries to let as many people, that they can, know that the records are out there. 
The great thing about the label is that we get to work with the other bands on there. We do gigs together, and the band’s remix each other’s stuff, and encourage each other. It’s a really positive, creative, community.

Seeing that you are doing acoustic sets or full band gigs in festivals, is there one set-up that you prefer particularly?

At Focus Wales, we played 5 acoustic shows and then finally one full band show. (I think that’s a record in FW history!) As a band with a tendency to rock out, obviously we prefer the latter! It’s better when we’re all together, for sure, but it’s nice that our songs work well with both set-ups. The songs were written initially on an acoustic guitar, so it’s kind of an inevitable full-circle that we’d take them back to how they began.

You’ve released a video for Jitters with an inter-generational choreography, what was the idea behind it?

The idea was born when we spotted the dancers from the Delta Academy of Dance! They were amazing, and we knew we had to have them in our video! When we were discussing costumes, they piped up and said, ‘we have sparkly pink sequinned jackets, would that be okay?”… errr, YES! On the day of filming, they were brilliant and even did the routine double-speed, which was impressive to say the least! 

The scene in Wales, especially in Wrexham with Focus Wales,seems to be growing. How do you feel about being part of this kind of success?

Welsh music is well overdue some of the limelight, there is so much talent here. It definitely feels like we’re in the right place at the right time, which is lucky, I guess! It’s an exciting time!

You had supported in the past artists and bands like Slow Club, Charlotte Church and Stealing Sheep. How would you describe your experience?

It’s always exciting to be asked to support a band you love! Yes it’s absolutely an honour. I loved meeting Charlotte Church, she was so full of smiles and manuka honey, and told us that her outfit had been custom made especially for the night. It was rather spectacular!

You already sang in French a little bit on Laisse Le Chick Habit on the first EP, being Welsh native, do you think you will write a song in Welsh language in the future?

I’m originally from Derbyshire (England), but have lived in France for a couple of years and have only been in Wrexham for about four or five years. I’ve not yet learnt enough of the Welsh language to be able to speak any, let alone write a song, but I do think this could be an interesting idea for the future…! P.S. There’s also some French on ‘Colours’ on King Horse 😉 

Speaking of which, after two EPs do you ever think of making a album? What’s the projects for Baby Brave the near future?

We’re releasing our 2nd Baby Brave EP called ‘Tacky Birthday’ this summer! We’ve been working hard on it all year so we can’t wait for you to hear it! Expect loads of guitars, loads of catchy melodies, it’s pure NOISE POP gold. There’s a Japanese influence on this record. Maybe I’ll have to learn yet another language, I’m up for the challenge! 😛 …
After this EP, we think an album will be next.


For further info on the band, you can visit or their label, Drum With Our Hands website at

Music for the weekend!

Victorient-A Storm Within/Black Summer

Hailing from Croydon, Victorient is a two-piece mixing loads of influences together. While listen to Victorient music, you can drown into melodic noise storms, something melodic and experimental sounds.

Storm Within is a long Joy-Division-esque voyage, still more into gothic metal vibes.  Black Summer is a little bit more in the likes of Depeche Mode with raw guitars.

You can listen to them here:

Owen Tromans-No Heart

It’s summer and we like folk rock. This singer-songwriter from the Midlands and currently based in Hampshire just released last week his brand new single No Heart out on Sacred Geometry label. Driving us into guitars and grunge DYI harmonies, we can hear a little bit of American 90s band in this love song such as REM or the Stone Temple Pilots.

Throwing Shade-Fate Xclusive EP

If you are more into electronica and ambiance vibes, here’s Throwing Shade, a brand new project i just discovered lately. Sweet melodies, sometimes really groovy in the likes of Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins and more.Enjoy!