Adwaith are Gwenllian, Hollie and Heledd; a young post-punk band from Carmarthen, South West Wales.
Their debut album, Melyn, which translates as “Yellow” in Welsh, was the title chosen by the band as the colour that signified the youthful joy of creating music that flows from its songs. It also counters the darker lyrical themes that runs throughout: uncertainty, heartbreak, and the pains of growing up, leaving the certainties of childhood and stepping into the unknown adult world. Unafraid to explore a darker, moodier sonic pallet too, influences include The Velvets, Patti Smith, and The Cure.
Their latest track from the album, "Y Diweddaraf", is a meandering and defiant swipe at being told you can't achieve your goals,
The video was filmed and edited by Welsh Art collective ‘The Shoot’ who have a strong working relationship with Adwaith and state that the video is about "Choosing to live between pillars of time, a journey into the unknown".
Gwenllian Anthony of Adwaith says, "The video represents life being too short and you should just have fun, experiment and live as if you care less for what people think of you".
Adwaith are Gwenllian, Hollie and Heledd; a post-folk, post-punk band from Carmarthen, South West Wales.
The release of their debut single ‘Pwysau’ at the end of 2016 heralded a new brave and exciting chapter for Welsh music. Opening the floodgates for four further releases within eighteen months and gaining rapid critical acclaim and extensive radio plays on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 6 and Amazing Radio.
Their latest single 'Gartref' is the sound of a band stretching and exploring hidden parts of their creative process as a unit. Driven by their musical instinct and written off the cuff in the studio during recording, it displays a clear indication of where the band is headed next on their musical journey. Taking influence from 'The Scream' era Siouxsie and the Banshees and the metallic desolation of Public Image Ltd 'Metal Box', 'Gartref' boldly states that they are not scared to explore a darker, moodier musical pallet. You get a feel for The Velvets, Patti Smith, the brash pop of The Gorillas, the elastic bass of The Cure and so much more in Adwaith's sound, but eventually all you can hear is Adwaith, the fresh sound redefining Welsh music for a new generation.
Gwenllian Anthony from the band said of the video;
Gartref represents a longing for something which isn't clear. What is home? Where is it?
Adwaith have also been instrumental in encouraging gender equality within the Welsh music scene, via the creation of the FEMME gig nights. A succession of sold out club shows featuring artists as diverse as Ani Glass, Chroma, Serol Serol, Gwenno and the legendary Patricia Morgan from Datblygu all sharing the same stage.
In the short time since their beginning, Adwaith have become a solid headline band, racking up slots at The Future is Female festival, SWN festival and European dates alongside fellow Welsh artist Gruff Rhys. October 2018 sees them heading out on the road with Gwenno, having been selected as one of BBC Horizons artists for 2018.
In the middle of all this activity Adwaith have managed to record their debut album and their label Libertino believe it’s 'creatively ground breaking and will stand as one of the important albums from Wales alongside the works of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Super Furry Animals and Gwenno.’
6th August - Sofar Sounds, London
8th August - Caffi Maes B, Eisteddfod
8th August - Merched yn neud miwsig, Eisteddfod
8th August - Porters, Cardiff
10th August - Llwyfan Y Maes, Eisteddfod
11th August - Maes D, Eisteddfod
11th August - Maes B, Eisteddfod
16th-19th August - Green Man Festival
5th September - Yr Egin, Carmarthen
6th - 9th September - Festival NO.6
11th September - The Social, London
12th October - Bristol, Thekla
13th October - Manchester, Now Wave
17th October - Tramshed, SWN, Cardiff
18th October - London, Islington Assembly hall
19th October - Southampton, The Loft
20th October - Falmouth University
21st October - Exeter University