The Punks Have Invaded: Five Punk Bands Worth Seeing at SXSW 2019
Populism is on the rise, repressive governments act with impunity and the wealth gap steadily widens, but punks across the globe are still channeling their discontent and rage into music that is worth a listen. Punk has so many permutations these days that nailing down the sound is a fool’s errand, but luckily at SXSW, we get to imbibe it all in one week. So we’ve compiled five international groups that are going to make the end of the world, a party worth going too.
Amyl & The Sniffers (AUS)
An explosive punk band from Melbourne, Amyl and the Sniffers quickly developed a reputation for their unhinged live performances, in which manic lead singer Amy Taylor can often be seen crowd surfing or climbing up the walls.
Otoboke Beaver (JAP)
A punk-rock-garage quartet from Kyoto, their off-kilter self taught compositional and confrontational performance skills, together with the band’s incredible musicianship make for a thrilling and unmissable live act.
Drinking Boys & Girls Choir (KOR)
Drinking Boys and Girls Choir are a skate-punk trio from Daegu City that sing in Korean and English, making for a dynamic sonic range embracing melodic hardcore, pop-punk and indie rock. Their songs tackle unreasonable government, police power and the corruption of Park Geun-hye’s government.
The enigmatic songwriter was raised in subdued North East England and not unlike many others, Nancy dressed & acted in ways that seemed out-of-the-ordinary. Combined with androgynous and abnormal physical features, “Nancy” was both a punchline &label throughout the songwriter’s formative years.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpet (AUS)
Take the trail out of Perth via Leederville and keep on driving, and you might just stumble across an old horse shed – one where weirdness roams free. Across the bridge from said shed, house parties rage until the early hours and beyond, while around the corner there’s a sky-high pile of trash that acts as a makeshift home for the local rat population. It’s here, amongst jam sessions that would last six-hours plus, that the wacky, sprawling sound of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets was born.
Ten Bands Keeping Rock Alive at SXSW
Hundreds of rocks bands are disembarking at Bergstrom airport, and like the huddled masses at Ellis Island, they are yearning to breathe the air that is a non-existent SXSW record deal. As a rock fan, its a bit overwhelming to know that there are so many bands in town that you know nothing about, but still hold the possibility that one could be your new favorite band – the FOMO is strong in this regard. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and sifted through the sands for you, so that you can enjoy these gems we’ve found without the audial self-flagellation that we’ve inflicted on ourselves. Here are ten rock bands that are worth a trip into Downtown Austin for.
Mute Swan (Arizona)
Swirling guitar hooks, off-kilter drumming, Yo La Tengo-y backing vocals, Mute Swan feels like a less jittery Of Montreal or an extension of Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips. Their up-to-the-moment, artful psych lifts you to a dream-space desert and wraps you up in reverb and reassurances.
Irrepressible, loud, direct, fuzzed out — Stuyedeyed are an unhinged skull rattling atop a spine, snapping to intensity and directing your attention to our reality, right now.
Dan Luke & The Raid (Kentucky)
Though the four members all hail from the same scene and town, they bring diverse influences to Dan Luke’s sound. Shultz’s roots are primarily in foundational rock and punk—”things like the Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane and the Mamas and the Papas,” he says, “and then Television and Talking Heads and the Germs and the Dead Boys, all the way up to the Strokes.”
Bizou is the sum of it’s parts: propulsive post-punk bass + wall of sheeny shoegaze guitars + shifting scales of synths + the propulsive rhythms of darkwave — all fused together with dreamy vocals ala’ Curve, Cranes, Garbage or PJ Harvey.
Giungla is Italian artist Ema Drei. Bringing together atmospheric electronics with Ema’s guitar work, in turns artfully angular then brashly anthemic and with her passionate vocals – her music is riotous exuberant indie-pop. as dazzling, tricky and bursting with life as the ‘Jungle’ she named herself after.
Morabeza Tobacco (SWE)
Gustav and Vanilla met when he saw her DJing at an underground club in Norrköping and was blown away by her set. Introductions were made, songs were swapped online and they decided that their shared musical taste made collaboration seem a worthwhile endeavor.
Beshken effortlessly coalesces elements of indie, experimental dance, ambient, psychedelia and dream-pop.
Rev Rev Rev (ITA)
Rev Rev Rev remetabolize shoegaze and psych rock elements in a loud, woozy, fuzz-driven sound.
Saint Pe (ATL, Georgia)
After 10 years of touring the world in Atlanta’s legendary Black Lips, guitarist and vocalist Ian Saint Pé needed a change. As he put it, “The only thing you can’t change is time, So it was time that changed me. I loved the Black Lips, but I needed to enjoy new environments. So I got a brand new bag: Saint Pé.“
Warmduscher are a group of miscreants, known only by aliases, but we know Saul Adamczewski (Fat White Family) is the main instigator. Ardent fans, Iggy Pop and Marc Riley have only gleaming praise to heap on the band, and in return, Warmduscher have blessed them both with immortality.
Five Industrial Acts Bringing the Pain to SXSW 2019
Traffic, big brands and more Californians tend to give Austin locals a negative conception of SXSW, but for music lovers it is a smorgasboard of new bands and under-appreciated genres that are suddenly thrust into tangibility. While Austin has a handful of industrial bands, SXSW 2019 is offering a plethora of global options to choose from, and if gritty gothtronica is your bag, you need to check out these five acts below. The Negative Gain showcase on March 16 at Valhalla on 710 Red River St will be a cornucopia of industrial talent worth investigating as well.
East-German electronic project DSTR has an all new line up with three veterans of the German electronic music scene. They are back to infuse a fresh new sound straight from the heart of post-Soviet Germany.
Odonis Odonis (CAN)
Odonis Odonis has continued to push their sound further into the depths of post-apocalyptic experimentation. The band is on their fourth LP and venturing into a starker and more dance-floor friendly space.
Gallops has been revitalised, rejuvenated and driven to create music that has stretched their horizons, and is driven by the propulsive charge of electronic music.
Grun Wasser (Chicago)
The music of Grun Wasser is inspired by the juxtaposition of beauty and tragedy in the world. They stands in solidarity with all people who have been disenfranchised by the negligent powers of society.
Goo Monday (AUS)
Goo Munday is a music producer and performer from Sydney Australia. Her music is a hypnotizing mix of dark electronic beats, jolting screams and ethereal vocals.