SXSW - South by Southwest 2006Four Days, 1400 Bands, All Access: Kate Pasieka follows the action at SXSW
By Kate Pasieka
SXSW 2006 - Day One afternoon - March 15, 2006
Over at Emo’s Annex, Curra’s Grill served up some excellent Mexican food while Toronto’s Magneta Lane nervously blasted through their set including popular tunes 'Broken Plates' and 'Artistic Condition' off their 2005 release Dancing with Daggers. Perhaps it was the too-early-in-the-day sobriety, but Lexi Valentine seemed intent on ending the set after only four songs. Eventually, her vocals got their due in the mix and out came her punk rock swagger on 'The Constant Lover,' while Nadia did a fine job asserting her drumming prowess on '22.' Unfortunately, French’s bass amp crapped out slowing down their sonic assault of an ending.
Inside Emo’s was another nervously played set
Packing in the audience at Emo’s Main was Chicago’s post-punk Cure revivalists The Ponys. Thankfully, the live setting showcased a more energetic and interesting mix of their chunky power chords and pulsating feedback on 'Glass Conversation,' 'I’m With You' and 'Shadow Box' compared to their sound on the 2005 release Celebration Castle. Even so, 'We Shot the World' still sounded like an absolute rip-off of Joy Division’s 'Love Will Keep Us Apart.' Noteworthy was Jered Gummere’s inventive organ playing using various body parts including his bum.
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