This year has seen a swift and meteoric rise for Al Moses and this was their 2nd sold out Cardiff show of the year so far. Outside the venue there was a palpable sense of excitement crackling in the air as the queue grew in size and once inside that level of expectation didn’t dissipate all night.
Support came from Cardiff rock band The Rotanas who are a tight unit with some strong material and who are well worth investigating. Also appearing was HANA2K a fellow Forte act and hotly tipped as Wales’ new pop sensation who is surely destined for greatness and Radio 1 airplay.
And then it erupted. Al Moses had just about finished setting up when almost the entire audience formed a dense human wall just inches from the band. Rather than being intimidated or phased by this it simply served to fire the band up and they seemed to relish their role in causing such frenzy and excitement. The band have come on leaps and bounds since the beginning of the year when they seemed somewhat tentative and a bit loose. Now they are a solid, well-rehearsed unit with some excellent material such as their signature tune “I Want More” and the recent single “Gutter Rock Moxie”. The band demonstrated some of their inspiration with snippets of Amen Corner and a slightly surprising cover of “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground. Overall the evening was a triumph and having created a local buzz of this magnitude it shouldn’t be long before record companies and booking agents start taking an interest.