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Listings for August 5th, 2011

APPEARING ON Friday, August 5th, 2011

Shy & The Fight [+]

Free admission before 9pm, £4 thereafter


“They’re a multi-legged, multi-instrumented scramble up the precipitous slopes of 20-something hearts, driven along by melodies that’d tan your backside if you dared to flag. There’s nothing to buck trends here. We have acoustic guitars, a banjo, a glockenspiel, a melodica. Someone is making interesting electronic sounds and there is percussion. I think. But reducing bands to their constituent parts is like sniffily suggesting Monet and Picasso are similar because their palette all comes from blends of the primary colours. It’s how you arrange these sounds and the greater picture to which they are constituent parts that determines the quality.

So, after something of a misfiring start that sounds like an unfinished Tuung b-side, we’re treated to some rather unforgettable songs. Chief songwriter, Thomas, looks a bit McCartney and just like that doe-eyed boy, he has a real melodic gift. Look, I’m not saying he’s as good. That kind of praise doesn’t help anyone. It’s just something that crosses my mind as song after song latches onto me like a stickybob. I’m still humming them days later. How often, truly, does that happen?” Adam Walton BBC Wales