The Tates: Local Spotlight

By Tamsin Mathias

The Tates are a bright sounding five piece from west Wales, consisting of band members Liam Fusco, Tom Ryan, Matt Kilgariff, Jac Robin and Shaun Gwizdak. 

Having released two singles, ‘Electric Girl’ and ‘Water’, The Tates are building an identity with memorably melodies and vibrant guitars, pooling influences from bands such as The Libertines, New Order and Depeche Mode. 

Energized by their summer tour in support of ‘Electric Girl’, a confident and inspired band returned to Cardiff to work with producer, Steffan Pringle to work on ‘Water. They emerged with a sense of purpose with a song that redefined The Tates as the torch-bearers of a new sound. 

The release of their second single ‘Water’ was eagerly anticipated following the success of the band’s debut release, ‘Electric Girl’. 

Lyrically, ‘Water’ asks a poetic question exploring themes of nature over nurture, as guitarist Tom explains: “Are we free to be the people we want to be, or are we trapped by our genetic makeup and our immediate environment and society?” 

Musically, ‘Water’ has a fantastic energy, with bouncy basslines catchy guitar riffs and laid back melodies. The track stands out from the rest with memorable lyrics that will have you singing in your head all day. 

The song has been supported by Hew Stephens, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1, and has also been A-listed on BBC Radio Wales. 

With just two songs released so far, it’s exciting to think about what fantastic tunes will be released in the future by this up and coming band who are most definitely on their way to becoming top dog. 

You can stay up to date by heading over to their Facebook page at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *