Welsh Music Wednesday #3: The Cradles

the cradles

Band name: The Cradles

From: Cardiff

Influences: (as taken from the band’s Facebook) The Kinks, Pixies, The Strokes, The Smiths and The Beatles.

The Cradles are an indie/rock five piece who have been creeping into the Welsh music scene for a while but it seems they’ve finally secured themselves as one of South Wales’ up and coming bands. You may not have heard of them, but they already have an impressive live history and they receive ongoing support from BBC radio stations as well as independent stations across Wales. The Cradles have supported big names such as Professor Green and Scouting For Girls in the past and have been keeping busy recently supporting other Welsh bands like The Hearts and Houdini Dax and Pretty Vicious as well as playing their own run of headline shows around Wales and other parts of the UK.

They have almost become a regular feature in line-ups at Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach. It seems that everyone wants to play a show with The Cradles right now, and why wouldn’t they? The Cradles’ live performances are confident, dynamic and highly memorable. It’s no surprise they’ve already built up a fan following who are (literally) counting down the days until they can see them again.

On record, The Cradles are just as impressive. Effortless, deliberately nonchalant vocals, sharp guitars and bold basslines make sure you know that The Cradles are a band whose sound can stand out against other bands of their genre in 2015 whilst simultaneously feeling like a throwback to the late 70s. Even down to their logo and artwork, they wouldn’t look or sound out of place alongside the likes of The Undertones or The Clash.

The Cradles are certainly a band to get into whilst a lot of the music is free and the shows are cheap, make the most of it because it won’t be that way for long, soon you’ll be hooked.

Keep up to date with The Cradles’ music releases on iTunes and upcoming tours on their Twitter and listen to their single ‘Ideal Girl‘ below.


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