It seems we’re notoriously bad in this country at pushing music sung in anything other than English but Welsh three-piece CHROMA are here to change all that.
This exciting new bands single, Tair Ferch Doeth, is immediately attention grabbing. Despite not speaking a word of Welsh, the bassline hooks you in before being entranced by the catchy vocals of a powerful and invigorating track.
The group made up of Katie Hall, Liam Bevan and Zac Mather formed in 2015 before going on to release their EP the next year. With subsequent releases following before Tair Fech Doeth was released in December 2019.
The band’s stand out single, sung in their mother tongue, has received airplay from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and they have performed at the iconic Maida Vale and even a set on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds.
The garage rock band remain independent artists and cite Biffy Clyro and Gossip as some of their musical influences. This self cited influence can clearly be heard, especially in their earlier work.
The group shouldn't just be pigeon holed as a Welsh music group though. Quite rightly receiving praise from music critics and the press back home but with mainstream airplay on 6 music this band should receive more widespread recognition.
With an undeniable talent for songwriting combined with captivating live performances CHROMA should not just be kept for the people of Wales but shared with the world.
With songs in both Welsh and English and their website giving the same choice to its visitors, we should be encouraging artists to perform in whatever language they wish - widening the exposure of an important language in our four nations.