There was a new stage at the Green Man Festival in 2013, the Green Man Rising stage – ‘a whole stage dedicated to emerging and un-discovered talent’. This year they featured 18 unsigned artists including Box of Light, Chinese Missy, Molly Wagger, Rad Stewart and The Wild Oats. There is also an annual Green Man Rising Competition – the winner this year was Haiku Salut and they got to open the main stage on Friday playing a beautiful set to start the festival.
We saw quite a number of these rising bands, bought the beautifully designed die-cut EP from Cosmos Collapse (listening to that now – soft, sparse, guitar, violin, drums and vocals), and left our details with the four-piece London-based band Chinese Missy in the hope of getting news of their first album. In fact they did follow-up quickly with details of their Facebook page which you can hear on Soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/chinese-missy see here at: https://www.facebook.com/chinesemissy
Here’s some photos of Chinese Missy from this performance – they were really good together, with raw rock and roll able to get the crowd whipped up to actually stand up and dance! Cool hair too…
We were drawn to see them by curiosity about the name – it sounded possibly sexist and a little risqué – the origin was explained by the lead singer who said they were named after his Corgi. So more of a hint of a rock ‘n’ roll self-parody than some disrespect! They carried through the image with a visit from a roadie/friend dressed as a dog bringing on a change of instruments. A good band to hear and watch.
Cosmos Collapse are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmos-Collapse/193069247392601 and Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cosmoscollapse
Look out for these two bands – we may hear more from them.