Mitch Malloy plays live at The Globe Cardiff
Up first, Pilgrim a loud in your face rock band from South Wales who have been gaining attention for all the right reasons the rock the play. With hefty rhythms contrasting the high energy performance of vocalist and frontman David Corfield. They certainly raised the anticipation with a rocking set on their own numbers and some Hendrix.
Quick change time for everyone to catch up with friends in a venue that was getting hotter by the moment as KAATO Stepped onto the stage. As a 16-year old recording in post-earthquake Japan, the Japanese pronounced his name Kah-toe, meaning Kurt and the band name followed in 2015 With Australian Rocker Kurt Lowe up front in long coat the feel was vintage of a different age. The music was tinged with Bowie vibe. Supporting Kurt was a band that played tight and obviously were loving every moment they were playing together, Tristan Avakian on lead guitar added stylish riffs and lead breaks that were electrifying. The rhythm section were full of controlled power providing a foundation that the band could build on as bassist Mika Nuutinen keeps the rock groove. The music was played loud very loud and they helped to build the excitement before the main act Mitch Malloy hit the stage.
Joining Mitch Malloy on stage were KAATO members, with frontman Kurt sitting the set out. With a dazzling smile and a flick of his hair Mitch took control as he asked the people to come up close. He was delighted to be back in Wales and Cardiff. He was very complimentary about the city having spent a couple of days exploring the sunny city. This was definitely a crowd pleasing set as he did a tour of tracks from past albums. His vocals were pure, loud and had an intuitive empathy with the lyrics as he rolled out rock that was pure entertainment. Opening with Rock N Roll the crowd was on side, though the persistent noise from those who want to chat was an irritant. Especially for the beautifully sung number Our Love Will Never Die, this stripped down simply delivered song was full of emotional intent. This was lost with the constant buzz of chatter, If you want to talk to your mates why go to a Rock gig which is loud is always beyond my understanding. This did not put Mitch and the band off they delivered a professional set and the interaction and understanding between guitarist Tristan and bassist Mika was obvious. They enjoyed playing music together, as they bounced of each other’s energy. The rock n roll vibe had people dancing and rocking out in appreciation. Mitch who auditioned for Van Halen included two number associated with this time It’s The Right Time and the closing number of the evening I’m The One.
The highlights of the set for me were Cowboy and The Ballerina, Forever and Our Love will Never Day. The set was rocking out to the world of romance and relationships. With a new album out Making Noise, we heard the first single Therapy. The track was positively musical therapy! Plus the opening number Rock n Roll the certainty from tonight is Mitch has the formula that rocks the crowd and sings their tune it is the music that shines through once again The Globe brings quality music to the heart of the capital.
Rock n Roll
It’s The Right Time
Mission Of Love
Over The Water
Nobody Wins This War
Cowboy and The Ballerina
Our Love Will Never Die
Anything At All
I’m The One
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Sept. 17 – Corporation Sheffield – Sheffield, UK
Sept. 18 – The Underworld Camden – London, UK
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