Upon reflection I shouldn’t have had that third pint. I went along to Clwb Ifor to see Pip Bloom. I wanted to see the support band Cardiff’s Big Time ‘cause my mate Jas has said good things about them and I nearly put them on as a support earlier this year. I thought they were gonna be a lot more Shoe Gazey but they were actually quite jangly. Very good they were too. Very accomplished, I’d definitely give them a punt again. The promoter hadn’t shared the stage times which was a pisser but I did manage to get there right on time. I was in the mood for a drink, that was nice so I had another, but yes, I knew as I was buying it that on a school night, it was a mistake. Enough I was having a good time and I’ve paid the price today.
Talking of a school night gig it was a good turn out considering. Pip Bloom is both the singer and the band. Much like Soccer Mommy earlier this year Pip Bloom were a rockier, harder proposition live that they are on record and the band were clearly having a good time. The band are from the Netherlands and the bassist made a decent fist of speaking some Welsh. The red headed drummer was a force of nature to behold in particular. I know the band from 6 Music and Mark Riley. It was quite a 6 Music crowd but not exclusively but I felt comfortable. The songs zoomed by with highlights being ‘Pussycat’, ‘I Think I’m in love’ and ‘Telephone’. It was the second gig in a row where I didn’t fancy the t-shirts, although they weren’t as awful as the woeful Parquet Courts gig t-shirts a week before. I could have gone to see a band called Trampoline upstairs at Clwb, but I’d already pushed it with three pints. I cycled home passing students who’s night out was just beginning as mine was ending.