20th February – Ffli Friday Reconcile + Digital Criminals + Them Dead Beats

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Reconcile are a 5 piece unit who formed in early 2008 and started to create their individual sound from the array of influences that each member threw on the table.

The band fused what already possessed n their audio armory, then amalgamated their differences, resulting in a rapid evolution into the Reconcile they are today…..

With the body of talent entwining their own personal styles in such harmony combined. The end result is a much flava’d concoction of rollercoastering riffs, defiibulating beats and bomb fueled bass-lines which are contorted perfectly with lyrics of meaning.

With only one change from the original line-up, drummer Dan Davies joined in early 2012 after D.C’s departure and has helped progress Reconciles personality even further.

From local venues in and around South Wales and Bristol’s surrounding areas, the guys have also played the likes of TattooJam’09, Glastonbuget’11, the first 2years of Breakin’Out Festival, Brisfest’13 and also Surface Festival’s 2011 international competition, which gave the guys a slot at London’s O2 Indigo Arena in the finals, where they achieved 10th place out of 12,000 applicants.

Reconcile are continuing to create and write new material and are as strong as ever.

Digital Criminals
Digital Criminals want to give music lovers a “back to roots” recording, relying on capturing a great band performance and limiting the post production relied upon by so many modern artists today.

Still regarded as a “New Band”, the Digital Criminals line up was completed in August 2014. The writing partnership of Dan Fry (Guitarist) and Emily Bates (Vocalist) inspired both Andy Jones (Drummer) and James Hardwick (Bass Player) enough to respond to their advertisement. Following a few rehearsals the bonds between the 4 was cemented.

Their first performance was 3 months later in the form of a support slot, to introduce audiences to their sound. As the band grew closer as a unit, they self produced both the music and video for ”Got To Go There”, which is featured on “Blank TV”. This was followed by the energetic live recording of “Before It Goes Any Further” which set the bands “No Frills” approach. Following a great response, the bands main focus is to perform everywhere possible and build upon an already growing fan base, whilst continuing to write and record music their way!

Them Dead Beats
A two-piece rock ‘n’ roll outfit hailing from the glamorous suburbs of Barry but with feet now firmly planted in the heart of Cardiff, Them Dead Beats deliver a whirlwind of filth infused garage rock and blues on a weekly basis.
Leading this Steptoe duo is Matt Taylor. Taking vocalstyling’s from the more unique areas of blues and rocks chequered history, Matt never fails to deliver a raucous performance with his buzz saw vocals never failing to make an impact.
Keeping the backbone strong is Rhys Gallivan. Acting almost as a second frontman, Rhys multi-tasks in providing thunderous rhythms as well as stoking the crowd into a dance floor frenzy.
They wear their influences on their sleeves with obvious nods to Tom Waits, The White Stripes, Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, The Doors and more.
Together they produce music reminiscent of analogue warmth and dirty dancehalls. With tracks being as varied as Break In, Strange Pop and Stop and Down By The River these two musical scoundrels are versatile in style without ever straying too far from their crowd pleasing tone.

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