Crooks, Glassjaw and Coheed and Cambria is a line up that pleasantly shocked the rock community to the point of, though miniature, an incredibly respected sold out tour.
With only a debut album under their belt, Crooks are growing rapidly in popularity – and they’re worth the hype too. They blow the crowd away with genuine energy and enthusiasm, and a sound that cohesively emulates both Glassjaw and Coheed and Cambria. It’s safe to say they won’t be forgotten by the crowd when they leave.
Holding a name that’s already well established, Glassjaw take to the stage with high expectations to live up to. Though their physical energy appears to be kept minimal, their emotional energy is pushed. It sounds meaningful and raw. What is heard on record sounds even better live; Glassjaw are one of those fantastically talented bands that do this so well.
Cardiff welcome tonight’s headliners back with open arms. It’s not just the loud cheers or the continuous movement that are the clear indicators of this, but the unaverted attention from every individual in the room. Coheed and Cambria are respected, and with good reason. Their musical technicality is faultless and still surprises crowds, despite their longevity as a band. The set opens with lesser-known new tracks, including ‘Eraser’, but crowd favourites ’33’ and ‘Ten Speed’ creep in, inevitably leaving a lasting impression on everyone.
Though of varying ages, demeanours and sounds, Crooks, Glassjaw and Coheed all share one thing in common, and that’s talent. While their fans might have had limited overlap tonight, they can certainly recognise and appreciate good music when they hear it.
Photos by Natalie Lam.