PREVIEW; MONSTERS OF FOLK.
The historic Cardiff Bay venue reopened its doors earlier this month when Alabama 3 shook the dust from the rafters and this has the makings of another of those gigs that will be written in the venue's annals.
Monsters Of Folk is a supergroup featuring indie darling Conor Oberst and his Bright Eyes band mate Mike Moggis, as well as Jim James from My Morning Jacket and M. Ward, the Portland singer-songwriter who is a wonderful discovery on his own if you are that way minded.
The uber-cool quartet have been gigging since 2004 but only released their self-titled debut album on Rough Trade Records in September.
"It was never a question of where or how - it was just when," says Ward.
"We knew we wanted to record an album after seeing that we had good chemistry on tour. I think we were all curious about what we could do if we went into the studio and recorded original songs."
Oberst wanted the music to have a homespun feeling. "We only wanted the four of us to play on it, no hired guns," he says.
"We took turns playing drums, bass - it was really fun. It reminded me a lot of when I was a teenager and I'd get together on the weekend with some of my friends and we'd have a four-track and a practice space full of whatever."
This is one of only two UK dates for the group, the other being in London tomorrow night, and thus it's a bit of a stunner for the city by promoters Push4, who are making a habit of this Cardiff coup thing.
Tickets cost pounds 18 from 029 2023 0130.
Cardiff's Coal Exchange hosts supergroup Monsters of Folk tonight