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MONSTERS Of Folk promise to add another chapter to the book of memories at The Coal Exchange tonight.

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
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 16, 2009
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