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Listings for February 22nd, 2013

APPEARING ON Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Crackling Vinyl Presents – The Keys [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Hailing from the Welsh capital of Cardiff, contemporary psych-rockers The Keys are back with their signature brand of cosmic flavour to release their first full-length album, ‘Bitten By Wolves’ through See Monkey Do Monkey Recordings on May 2nd 2011.

Following the release of 2010’s mini album ‘Fire Inside’, the band have been capturing the imagination of industry and public alike, garnering praise and support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Clash magazine, Metro, BBC 6 Music, Radio 2, Shindig!, Mark Lamarr and BBC Radio Wales’ Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn.

Having risen from the ashes of the much lauded Murry The Hump – once labelled by Alex James of Blur as ‘the best new band in Britain’, counting Damien Hirst and the late Joe Strummer as fans and notching up several John Peel sessions – The Keys are a band whose musical pedigree cannot be argued with.

Drawing on a range of quality influences from Animal Collective, Captain Beefheart, Can, Spirit, The Black Keys, Frank Zappa, Panda Bear and Spiritualized, The Keys adeptly blend together the new and the old, sitting alongside the likes of Super Furry Animals, The Coral, Malachai, Tame Impala and The Bees. ‘Bitten By Wolves’ was recorded and produced by the band themselves, with frontman Matthew Evans at the helm (and a little help from El Goodo’s Pixy Jones on the haunting ‘When You’re Young’).

The Keys have also graced many a stage across the UK and are stalwarts of the Welsh live circuit, including the much-loved Swn festival. Their performance at the 2010 led to them being branded as one of the Top 5 bands you should have seen.