NEW ARTIST OF THE DAY: The Lovely Wars
Ex-Pipette Ani Saunders fronts this Cardiff-based pop & rock group featuring catchy tunes and killer harmonies.
SUBBA-CULTCHA.COM SAYS: "The Lovely Wars' popularity is beginning to spread further than the usual constraints that Cardiff usually allows its homegrown talent. Lead singer Ani Saunders has been well trained in the art of pop given that she was once (along with sister Gwenno) a member of The Pipettes, a band that for all intents and purposes really wanted it to be the 1950s and 60s again. Listen to The Lovely Wars and there's every chance that as the name suggests, you'll catch the odd snippet of the old days; guitarist Alice and Ceri on keyboards backing up Ani's pitch-perfect vocals with some well thought-out harmonies. Bassist Bill Bone - as well as being a great fan of alliteration - provides sturdy yet melodic basslines, ably assisted in the rhythm section by Dan Lazenby on the drums. The band have been around for a couple of years now, and have a whole bunch of excellent live shows to their name as well as the superb 'Young Love' EP, self released in mid-2013. Expect a welcome mixture of sugary-sweet pop mixed with the odd ball-busting rabble-rouser. The band sum themselves up simply with the phrase 'Cariad a Dawnsio' (Love and Dancing) - pretty much exactly what you'll get when you give them a listen. Sample the latest track at the bottom of this article and keep your eyes peeled for our forthcoming interview with them."
Taking their name from Joan Littlewood’s satirical play from the early sixties, The Lovely Wars take the classic songwriting recipes of the same era, add a smoky touch of epic eighties grandeur, a spicy pinch of nineties r’n'b, then turn up the heat for one of the most moreish pop meals of the year.
If the Elvis-worshipping, punk-rocking teenage delinquent from Dennis Hopper’s cult ﬁlm, Out of the Blue, had made a pop band instead of blowing herself up in a pick-up truck full of dynamite, it probably would have sounded something like The Lovely Wars. Singing bilingually in English and Welsh, The South Wales Echo swooned over their
“parade of catchy numbers”, dubbing the group
“masters of melody”. The Lovely Wars also featured second in The Quietus writers’ favourite tracks of 2013. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/74806429" params="color=ff5500" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]