Fist of the First Man

Sp894_headerince the last week’s R Seilliog post, confidently establishing that I had a good handle on the incestuous Welsh music scene and boldly predicting that I’d squared the Hawkline-Baboo-leBon circle, well, predictably, it’s all got a bit murky again…

Turns out that although R Seilliog does drum with Hawkline and Cate le Bon, and most certainly has released a cracking EP called Shuffles, it wasn’t him drumming at Green Man. My mate Arth, (henceforth known as the PP Welsh Correspondent -Gohebydd Cymru?) informs me that the drummer I saw with Hawkline and Cate le Bon is in fact a different feller altogether. This guy drums with Cardiff band Cymbient (who also sound pretty fine on first listen, but will have to wait for another day), and apparently the new project by Zwolf, a terrific record called Fist of the First Man.

Zwolf / Fist of the First Man

Now this record, I like.

Zwolf is some sort of studio guru whose name I’ve seen linked with a good few projects over last year or so, but whom I’ve never quite caught up with. So I’m glad to find something that really looks to have legs.

The record’s a strong collection of beaty songs. Not much in the way of vocals, just a few “c’mons” and the like, but a full set of gangly anthems, heavily dependent on rough, leering bass lines, abrasive guitar hooks and big-beat drums. All good rousing stuff, drawing healthily on Sxities R’n’B and a bit of Ventures-style theme tune hum-a-long. Really like it…

And, in a rare instance of my catching onto something at the right time, it turns out that the Fist of the First Man record is having its official release bash in Cardiff this very Friday. You can stream the whole record from the band’s Soundcloud page, or you can watch Volta Regulat here…

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John White
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 19:35:38

    Info slightly wrong – I play drums for first of the first man & zail, will also be playing a one off show with cymbiant on thursday 20th dec in clwb. Haven’t played with any of the other bands mentioned above


  2. partlyporpoise
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 20:18:48

    John, thanks for your correction, somebody else mentioned I’d made a mess of this too! Ever so sorry for the mistake – I’ll try to get a post up putting this right, maybe give the gig with Cymbient a plug?
    Again, apologies!


  3. John White
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 21:10:27

    No worries, just thought you should know x


  4. partlyporpoise
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 21:22:01

    Sorted, mate!
    I’m glad you did mention it – I do prefer to get things right (despite appearances to the contrary…)
    Hope gig goes well!


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