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Animals As Leaders live review - The Globe, Cardiff

Live Review

Venue: The Globe, Cardiff

Plini and Intervals support the technical post-rockers in Wales.

Animals As Leaders’ instrumental tech/prog metal is pretty niche stuff, so in a funky club deep in The Land Of Song, you’d expect to have elbow room to raise a glass of the fizzy amber stuff, right? Wrong. It’s roasting hot and rammed in here – and it’s only 7.30pm. Sure, Tosin Abasi’s trio are the headliners, but these three groups are a week into their well-attended European tour and this evening really feels like a triple-header; a mini ArcTanGent all of their own.

Rising Australian guitarist Plini is backed tonight by members of Intervals. His set is early but the fact everybody’s already here is telling. His music’s tough, djenty, replete with melody, and is greeted with a really raucous reception. “Seriously,” he tells us, almost taken aback, “you are the best UK audience yet.”

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