A touch of folk-punk
THIS week we welcome the talented folk-punk singer songwriter Alex Dingley to the Parrot Music Bar where he'll be appearing with his full band on Saturday evening.
A Llansteffan resident, Alex is a former member of the Welsh language act Texas Radio Band, who formed in the late 90s. The group released a number of singles and two albums, as well as appearing at numerous festivals, recording radio sessions and videos.
Their song Chwaraeon ('Sports'), from their debut album Baccta' Crackin' is a Welsh music scene classic and reached No. 13 in John Peel's last ever festive 50 charts.
In 2007 Alex recorded his first solo album, I Lost My Honey in the Grass, well received and noted for its DIY aesthetic, using household objects to accompany usual instruments.
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His next release, the album Built In the Ruins of A Monday Morning, caught my attention and quickly became one of my favourite albums of 2010.
I really liked his lyrical themes of human frailty delivered with a wry humour and a clever wordplay, backed with a skewed indie pop sound reminiscent of bands like the Violent Femmes.
Alex performed a memorable set for Record Store Day 2010 at Tangled Parrot with Welsh pop chanteuse Swci Boscawen on keyboards. Last December he played live in the shop to launch his yellow vinyl 7" single Cats Eyes, which was released nationally through Too Pure Records, copies of which are available in Tangled Parrot.
Alongside Alex will be Emmy the Great band member HMS Morris, the gothic art pop sounds of Gemma Roper and Rhodri Brooks. The night starts at 7.30pm with a £5 entry fee.