Mangled free-wheeling post-punk
Hailing from Carmarthen, South Wales, Adwaith grew up surrounded by a rich tradition of Welsh-language indie-rock, and the experimental bands that frequented beloved local venue The Parrot. It’s hard to overstate the impact of this cultural backdrop, and when Hollie Singer, Gwenllian Anthony and Heledd Owen first went about founding Adwaith in 2015, they too wanted to wield Welsh as an exciting musical instrument. After signing to Libertino, Adwaith released their debut single Pwysau in 2016, before further delving into mangled, free-wheeling post-punk. Their debut album Melyn released in 2018 perfectly skewered the anxiety and unease of adulthood. The record went on to win the prestigious Welsh Music Prize, and won the support of BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, KEXP, NPR and BBC Introducing.
In 2022 the band released Bato Mato, inspired by an illuminating train journey into rural Siberia. In a historic first, the band became the first act to win the Welsh Music Prize twice over, and now have three headline tours, an acclaimed Glastonbury set and Manic Street Preachers and IDLES support slots under their belts. As Adwaith record and plan for their third album in the summer of 2023 they announce a 4th member will be joining the band for live shows. Adwaith might be a band with clear roots in Wales – but looking towards the future, they’re now keenly focused on taking the language worldwide.