Farewell 2009… Adieu to the Decade

As the decade draws to a close Amped takes a brief look at Welsh music in the noughties.

On 31st December 1999 the Manic Street Preachers saw us into the new year with a set spanning two millenia, the first of many concerts at the newly built Millenium Stadium. Following this celebration of Wales’s most prolific band they became the first Welsh number 1 of the noughties with the Masses Against the Classes EP.

In 2000 we said hello to Lostprophets, releasing their debut thefakesoundofprogress and subsequently became the hottest band to emerge from the valleys in years. This sparked a musical revolution, Wales becoming a hotbed of alternative acts and by the middle of the decade we had a cavalcade of new homegrown talent, the likes of Funeral for a Friend and Bullet for my Valentine achieving serious noteriety.

Newport’s finest Goldie Lookin’ Chain made their mark this decade, with a string of tongue in cheek hits caricaturing the decade’s stooge, the chav. Following a number of homemade albums distributed on CD-R the band signed to Atlantic releasing two albums and appearing on every popular television show on air, including a notable stint for Maggot on Channel 4 behemoth Big Brother.

In the latter half of the decade a new wave of Welsh talent emerged, with a large local scene gathering speed the future of Welsh music looked very promising. Bands like The Automatic, Kids in Glass Houses and The Blackout were being picked up by major labels following their baptism of fire on the local circuit. The Full Ponty kicked off in 2006, a small but successful festival in Pontypridd, it seemed like Wales was the place to be for rock in the UK.

With the valleys churning out more talent that you could shake a stick at the economic crisis hit the UK. The music scene was in dire straights, the Full Ponty was cancelled and venues couldn’t afford to stay open and a spate of closures hit the valleys. At the end of the noughties the music scene is just surviving, but how long can it be sustained?

Despite the current state of the scene, let’s stay positive and hope we have another prolific decade for Welsh music. Happy New Year from Amped, we leave you this decade with the beginning of the last…

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

RM’s R.I.P.

Amped is sad to report that Merthyr’s original rock club RM’s caught fire last night. Reports surfaced around 8pm last night followed by photographs this afternoon.

The club opened in the late 90’s and played host to many of today’s major Welsh acts such as: Funeral for a Friend, Lostprophets and When Reason Sleeps (comprised of members of The Blackout and The Guns).

The club shut down in the mid noughties and was quickly turned into a chinese buffet.

Sadly all hope of the club returning to it’s former glory is lost.

R.I.P RM’s

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Help Amped get The Guns on TV

Let's get The Guns on TV

With the release on their brand new video, Amped has decided we should try and get The Guns a little exposure nationwide. What better way than to demand that the music channels such as MTV, Kerrang and Scuzz play it.

To support the campaign join the facebook group via the following link and invite as many music lovers as possible.

Amped says let’s get The Guns on the telly

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Merry Christmas Amped Readers!

Amped wishes you all a Merry Christmas. As a Christmas treat to you we’ve designed a wallpaper for you to download. Also, don’t forget to watch The Guns new video “It’s on like Donkey Kong”.

Amped! - Designed by Jarrad

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Cowell crushed by Rage

Amped is pleased to announce the success of the “Rage Against the X-Factor” campaign. Thanks to Rage Factor and the hugely popular “Rage Against the Machine for Christmas Number 1” group, music fans nationwide have fought together to protect the once prestigious accolade that is Christmas Number 1 and in doing so have donated thousands of pounds to Shelter.

Now sit back, relax and play some Rage… oh and download this lovely wallpaper to celebrate. Merry Ragemas! 

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Kids In Glass Houses to play secret show

Good Boys Gone Rad

Good Boys Gone Rad aka Kids In Glass Houses

“Good Boys Gone Rad” aka Kids in Glass Houses are set to play Clwb Ifor Bach on December 23rd. This follows The Guns Christmas Show on the 22nd.

Tickets are available for £5 at the following outlets


Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens

Rage for free

According to RATM4XMASNO1 you can now legally download ‘Killing in the name’ free of charge and it counts towards the chart.

For full instructions visit http://bit.ly/ratm4free

Jarrad ‘Nöir’ Owens