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Well straddle my filthy chops and call me Sandra. Your favourite (or hopefully soon-to-be favourite) student mag is back and we’re feeling sexier than ever! For those of you that don’t know it, every page of Wireless Magazine is written and designed by students all over the UK - make sure you get in on the action too (just go to This issue is a bloody humdinger, featuring exclusive interviews with the fat thumbed comedy genius Russell Howard, the far-tooclever director Rian Johnson, the terrifyingly hard Ben Drew (Plan B to you and me), the laptop genius Dan Le Sac, super catchy Fun. and Uni tips from the rather lovely Fresh Meat actress Charlotte Ritchie. Oh and you’ll get to learn what ketchup sex is too. Hot diggity. Enjoy... x

s s e l e Wir [MAGAZINE]

Freshers Edition 2012

In this issue.... Page 08: New bands you need to see

Page 14: 8 People You’ll Meet In Halls

Page 16: Russell Howard

t Page 20: Joe and the Gian Burger

words: Ben Gibson

Page 24: Rian Johnson

Page 36: Ben Drew

Page 32: Fresh Meat’s Charlotte Ritchie

Page 30: Fun.

Page 42: Dan Le Sac


Also in this

Page 44: Get The Look

Page 34: The Mass Debate.

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tunities to get down to your nearest Now you’re at Uni, there will be countless oppor town. Here is our pick of the best new venue to check out some of the bands coming to down at the front, man...”. bands, so you can say “yeah, I saw em first, I was Alessi Laurent-Marke is a writer of sweet, simple and honest songs reminiscent of Belle And Sebastian or The White Stripe's old acoustic stuff. What's more, according to Wikipedia her dad was one of the producers behind Shooting Stars and Snuff Box so you at least owe it to him to go to all her gigs.

Alessi’s Ark



Former members of Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong got back together, bought some paisley shirts and started making 60's psych inspired shoegaze stuff. It's all extremely good, and they rather aptly supported the Horrors earlier this year. This lot will probably get pretty big, so make sure you head out to see them when you get a chance!

This hotly tipped trio produce a beautiful minimalist sound with hugely affecting vocals courtesy of their singer Elena Tonra. They've been in Abbey Road Studios working on their forthcoming debut, and going off what little has been released so far it's going to be something special.

Savages It's unavoidable that Savages will get a lot of comparisons to Joy Division because of their trebley post punk bass, tight drum patterns and the lead singer's Ian Curtis-esque haircut. Another thing they have in common with JD is their tight, superhumanly energetic live shows, which is even more impressive when you consider that they've hardly been together for a year. Their single Husbands is well worth a listen...

Before Aluna Francis and George Reid decided to combine names and musical forces they were involved in high maintenance electro and math rock outfits respectfully. Their joint venture consists of much simpler melodic pop tunes sung over some super smart R'n'B production work. The pair have embraced the modern American mainstream in all its glory and set it back down in an interesting direction.



Alessi’s Citizens! Ark

Theme Park

Stubborn Heart

Palma Violets

Awesome electro-pop love songs with a real icey, dark edge. Citizens! have all the restraint and stylistic prowess of the best 80s post-punk groups and if nothing else, danceability. They have a handful of UK dates in September, before buggering off on tour around the world so we wholeheartedly recommend catching them when you get the chance.


Theme Park's rare style of melodic funk-rock is quickly earning them a lot of attention. The popular comparison is to Talking Heads, which is completely fair on tracks like 'Milk' with its scratchy guitar and simple keyboard melodies. They’re on tour at the moment, make sure you catch them on the dates that aren’t sold out!

Storybooks are a six piece band who play indie rock with an old fashioned sincerity rarely seen these days. Lead singer Kristofer Harris has an excellent melancholy tinged voice which works a treat on their quieter numbers.

Electro duo Stubborn Heart have taken on the near herculean task of bringing an emotional edge to the macho world of dubstep, with their self proclaimed “electronic soul from the heart". The results sound blippy and emotion wrenching, a bit like Thom Yorke's solo stuff. Or if you imagine Hurts having a sexy tango with Skrillex.

The music of Rough Trade's Palma Violets has been scarce throughout the year but luckily they've been touring relentlessly so you're bound to see one of their chaotic live shows before you hear a record. They often play in their PJs and few months back they were also arrested in Liverpool for breaking into a helter skelter. If they can stay out of jail long enough to record their debut then it will definitely be worth listening to.

The Adamski Kid Winner of Sideline Magazine's 'Face The Beat' Competition, this is a manic amalgamation of influences which results in some startling and catchy tracks.

With huge vibes of that grungey West coast lo-fi sound, Splashh could well be Britain's answer to Wavves. Come to think of it even their names are quite similar, which is kind of fitting given that both bands eschew originality in favour of being really loud, getting wasted and just being awesome in general.


Dead Social Club 6-piece electronictinged indie group comparable to the Rakes / Depeche Mode. Keep an eye on ‘em!



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...South Wales (and a bit)

Mon 17th September Cardiff: Fat Cat Cafe Bar: Student Night Cardiff: Oceana: Fuzzy Logic Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Buffalo Live Swansea: Grand Theatre: Whose Coat Is That Jacket?

Tue 18th September Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Smoke Fairies Cardiff: Tiger Tiger: Tiger Rocks! Cardiff: Reflex: The Flex Factor Swansea: Grand Theatre: Whose Coat Is That Jacket?

Wed 19th September Cardiff: The Glee Club: Guitar Masters tour Cardiff: Pulse: Kapow Cardiff: Laced: Polynesia Swansea: Grand Theatre: Whose Coat Is That Jacket?

Thurs 20th September Swansea: Sin City: Sin City Cardiff: Glam: Propaganda Cardiff: Tiger Tiger: Thursday Club

Fri 21st September Cardiff: Bogiez: VILE + Lacerated + Carbonized Cardiff: Dempseys: Withered Hand Llansamlet: The New Smiths: The Shakes Penarth: The Paget Rooms: Hellds Bells + Hellraiser Swansea: Sin City: Face Off

Sat 22nd September Cardiff: St. David’s Hall: Livewire AC/DC + The ZZ Tops Cardiff: Gwdihw Cafe Bar: Afrocluster

Cardiff: Dempseys: Wussy Cardiff: The Gate Arts And Community Centre: Roxy Magic Swansea: Sin City: Sink

Sun 23rd September Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Acoustic Open Mic Cardiff: The Ladybird: Sunday Skool Cardiff: Rockin’ Chair: Roots Reggae

Mon 24th September Cardiff: Rockin’ Chair: Trojan Boss Sound Cardiff: Glam: Jagerfest Cardiff: Oceana: Fuzzy Logic

Tue 25th September Cardiff: Gwdihw Cafe Bar: Bass Players’ Band Night Cardiff: Revolution Bar: Mode Cardiff: The Globe: Globe Unsigned Showcase Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Buffalo In Session Swansea: Grand Theatre: Jim Davidson

Wed 26th September Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: Pierce The Veil + Crown The Empire + The Getaway Plan Cardiff: Fat Cat Cafe Bar: Student Night Cardiff: 411 Bar: So Freaky Swansea: Grand Theatre: Tracy ‘TJ’ Higgs

Fri 28th September Cardiff: Bogiez: Warrior Soul Swansea: Sin City: Face Off Cardiff: The Moon Club: Blah! Blah! Blah!

Sat 29th September Swansea: Sin City: Warrior Soul Swansea: Sin City: Sink Cardiff: The Full Moon: Five Dollar Shake

Sun 30th September Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: The Travelling Band Cardiff: Pulse: Jolene Dover’s Sunday Service Cardiff: Rockin’ Chair: Roots Reggae

Mon 1st October Cardiff: St. David’s Hall: Jodie Marie Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Now Now Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: We Are The Ocean Swansea: Sin City: Vince Kidd

Tues 2nd October Cardiff: The Ladybird: Alt. Tuesdays Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Harry Potter Quiz Swansea: Grand Theatre: Calendar Girls

Thurs 27th September Cardiff: Bogiez: Malefice Cardiff: Gwdihw Cafe Bar: Gunning For Tamar Swansea: Grand Theatre And Arts Wing: The Rat Pack Live

The Travelling Band: 30th Sept@Buffalo Bar, Cardiff 49


Wed 3rd October

Tue 9th October

Fri 12th October

Cardiff: Gwdihw Cafe Bar: RSVP Bangra Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: The Skints Cardiff: Cardiff University Student Union: W.A.S.P. Swansea: Grand Theatre And Arts Wing: Bill Bennett

Cardiff: Bogiez: Shonen Knife Cardiff: The Glee Club: Sharon Van Etten Cardiff: The Globe: Globe Unsigned Showcase Swansea: The Garage: Paul B Edwards

Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Rod Jones & The Birthday Suit Cardiff: Bogiez: Peter And The Test Tube Babies Cardiff: The Globe: Fred Snow Swansea: Sin City: The Computers

Thurs 4th October

Wed 10th October

Cardiff: Cardiff University Student Union: Flux Pavilion Cardiff: The Gate Arts And Community Centre: Lucie Jones + David Mahoney Swansea: Sin City: Sin Savers

Cardiff: 10 Feet Tall: Rachel Sermanni Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: Foreign Beggars Cardiff: Glam: Felix Leiter Swansea: Grand Theatre: Jephtha

Fri 5th October

Thurs 11th October

Cardiff: Bogiez: Hells Bells Cardiff: Motor Point Arena: George Michael Cardiff: Royal Welsh College Of Music And Drama: Elin Manahan Thomas + Cardiff Sinfonietta + Jeff Howard Cardiff: The Globe: Cakehole Presley Swansea: Sin City: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: Field Music Cardiff: Cardiff University Student Union: Young Guns + We Are The In Crowd + Your Demise + The Marmozets Swansea: Sin City: Sin Savers

Sat 13th October Cardiff: St. David’s Hall: Magic Of Motown Cardiff: Bogiez: JettBlack Cardiff: Cardiff University Student Union: Mayday Parade Cardiff: The Gate Arts And Community Centre: Karnataka Swansea: The Garage Music Venue: Acoustic Zeppelin Swansea: Dears Leap: The Shakes

Sun 14th October Cardiff: The Globe: Touchstone + The Reasoning Cardiff: Rockin’ Chair: Roots Reggae

Sat 6th October Swansea: Sin City: Drumsound & Bassline Smith Swansea: Sin City: Sink Cardiff: Crystal Night Club: Public – The Launch

Sun 7th October Cardiff: The Coal Exchange: John Cale & Band Cardiff: Wales Millennium Centre: A Night At The Musicals Swansea: The Garage: Vintage Fashion Fair

Mon 8th October Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: The Jim Jones Revue Swansea: Sin City: Dan Le Sac Cardiff: Fat Cat Cafe Bar: Student Night

Shonen Knife – 9th October @ Bogiez, Cardiff – Gloriously childish all-female Japanese punk band who were a favourite of Kurt Cobain. I Like Trains – 24th October @ Buffalo Bar, Cardiff – Excellent indie rock with heavy Joy Division-like overtones. Bass Players’ Band Night – 25th Septembe r @ Gwdihw Cafe Bar, Cardiff – Is there anything worse than the sound of funk bass? Mayb e hangnails. Aled Jones – 18th October @ Card iff Metropolitan Cathedral – There’s some kind of evil irony in using a cathedral as the sett ing for what is effectively pornography for grandmothers.


Mon 15th October

Sun 21st October

Fri 26th October

Cardiff: New Theatre: Andy Fairweather – Low & The Low Riders Cardiff: Bogiez: Heaven Asunder Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: Itchy Feet Returns! Swansea: The Garage: John Renbourn & Wizz Jones

Cardiff: The Glee Club: Kathryn Williams Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Open Mic Acoustic Cardiff: Pulse: Jolene Dover’s Sunday Service

Cardiff: Cardiff University Student Union: Terror Swansea: Guildhall & Brangwyn Hall: Elvis In Swansea Swansea: Sin City: Ryan Keen

Mon 22nd October

Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: Flipron + Little Arrow Penarth: The Paget Rooms: The Madassa Soul Band Swansea: Sin City: Charlie Sloth Swansea: Sin City: Knotslip

Tue 16th October Cardiff: Cardiff University Student Union: Straight Lines Cardiff: The Gate Arts And Community Centre: Roddy Woomble Swansea: Grand Theatre And Arts Wing: Joe Brown

Wed 17th October Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: Nine Black Alps Swansea: Sin City: Hadouken! Cardiff: Koko Gorilaz: Tafijah Allstars & Behind The Line

Thurs 18th October Cardiff: Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David: Aled Jones Cardiff: St. David’s Hall: Joan Armatrading Swansea: Sin City: Sin Savers

Fri 19th October Cardiff: Bogiez: Spit Like This + The Sick Livers Swansea: Sin City: Daytona Lights Swansea: Sin City: Face Off

Cardiff: St. Davids Hall: Neil Sedaka Cardiff: The Glee Club: Eddi Reader Cardiff: Rockin’ Chair: Trojan Boss Sound Swansea: The Garage: Black Heart

Tues 23rd October Cardiff: 411 Bar: Hypnotion Cardiff: The Globe: Globe Unsigned Showcase Cardiff: Revolution Bar: Mode Swansea: Grand Theatre: Breaking The String

Wed 24th October


Sun 28th October Cardiff: Clwb Ifor Bach: Animals As Leaders Cardiff: Cardiff University Student Union: Every Time I Die + Stray From The Path + Last Witness Cardiff: The Gate And Arts Community Centre: Dean Friedman Swansea: The Garage: Lawless And Lulu

Mon 29th October

Cardiff: Buffalo Bar: I Like Trains Cardiff: Motor Point Arena: Alice Cooper + Duff McKagan’s Loaded + Ugly Kid Joe Swansea: Sin City: Simon And Oscar (Ocean Colour Scene)

Cardiff: Voodoo: Full Clout Cardiff: Glam: Jagerfest Cardiff: Oceana: Fuzzy Logic Swansea: Grand Theatre: Flash – A Tribute To Queen

Thurs 25th October

Cardiff: The Gate And Arts Community Centre: The Wedding Present Swansea: The Garage Music Venue: Hawklords Cardiff: O’Neill’s: Monster Smash

Cardiff: Gwdihw Cafe Bar: Buffo Wake Swansea: The Garage Music Venue: Curved Air Swansea: Sin City: Sin Savers

Sat 20th October Cardiff: The Globe: Pink Floyd & David Gilmour Tribute: Perfect Alibi Swansea: Sin City: Random Impulse Swansea: Sin City: Sink

Sat 27th October

I Like Trains: 24th Oct @Buffalo Bar, Car diff

Tues 30th October

Wed 31st October Cardiff: The Moon Club: Brother & Bones Swansea: Grand Theatre And Arts Wing: Joe Longthorne Swansea: Sin City: Halloween Ball 2012 Swansea: Sin City: Cut Ribbons

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Wirless Magazine - Cardiff and Swansea edition September 2012.