SXSW - South by Southwest 2006Four Days, 1400 Bands, All Access: Kate Pasieka follows the action at SXSW
By Kate Pasieka
SXSW 2006 - Day Three - March 17, 2006
The Grates from Australia did a fine job of keeping the fun times rolling at Filter Mag's party while showcasing their spirited punk pop. Lead vocalist Patience charmed the audience with her aerobic stage antics on favourite songs "Trampoline" and "Sukkafish" off last year’s The Ouch. The Touch debut EP.
In the evening, many folks headed to Maggie May’s to see Phosphorescent from Athens Georgia, headed up by singer-songwriter Mathew Hough, a lo-fi Bob Dylan of sorts. Joining Hough were 10, sometimes more, musician friends including three or four horns, two drummers, bass guitar, and a few percussionists. Sadly, it was all a bit too wayward and weary – with Hough’s incredibly whiny voice and at least one off-key horn spoiling the intended effect. Hopefully, some touring and a paring down of instruments will solidify their sound by the time they make it our way.
At the theatre space Blender Bar at the Balcony, was Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Hawk and Handsaw led by Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel. Not only did Jeremy mash out some fantastically unique Euro gypsy tunes on his accordion accompanied by an amazingly talented female violinist, his hat was adorned in bells and a drum stick that he adeptly used to hit the high hat cymbal. With yet another drum stick taped to his thigh, he managed to hit another cymbal all the while drumming on snare, bass and drum heads with his foot pedals. Definitely one of the more amazing acts this week. Anyone who enjoyed DeVotchka or Gogol Bordello, will most likely enjoy the fantastic instrumental offerings on the 2005 release Darkness at Noon.
Then it was over to the packed La Zona Rosa for the chartbusting Internet music phenoms, the UK’s Arctic Monkeys .
A rather quick exit took us over to Latitude to hear most of Minneapolis’ Tapes n Tapes doing their Pixies/Pavement thing, featuring songs off their debut cd The Loon. Looking like a humble bunch of farm boys, they somehow pushed and pulled the audience through a blistering set drawn from their latest release in spite of snare drum problems – how can a life-time guarantee from Guitar World have gone so very wrong? In the end, no one got hurt. The band persevered - showing everyone just how tight their set could be, even in the face of technical difficulties.
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