I don’t mind a bit hyperbole, me (quelle surprise!). But bugger me the Bloggers Guide to SXSW 2018 is hard work. It’s like being at a party full car dealers, or being stuck on a train with the Guild of Estate Agents (I just had to look on the internet to see if there was such a thing, and the first result you get is an organisation called The Guild Of Property Professionals! Can’t they do anything without dressing up the description?).
Anyway, feel free to wade through this yourself http://bloggersguide.sxsw.com/?_ga=2.237240000.1119309158.1519990674-130848556.1518694206&_gac=1.61065566.1518780330.CjwKCAiAn5rUBRA3EiwAUCWb2-FXpvOgzYtg22Oyjwa1StrHye44IrFHo9SdXkYi7HpvOwsjUCBUAhoCFm0QAvD_BwE but no-one will come after you if you don’t.
There’s actually quite a few interesting bands if you can get past all the insatiable claims of having discovered the Next Big Thing or miniature essays on what pop music should be, and where we are now. A few of them made me quite jealous (given our own propensity for larging up groups, from an imagined position on music’s moral high ground).
So, as a reaction to all that. Here’s a band in session for our show.
No big sell. No big image (the opposite in fact). But I like them. They’ve got a real warmth and purpose to their songwriting (even when they sound distinctly chilled and haunting, as on the song ‘Boogeyman’). They come from Bradford On Avon and they’ve just released their debut album ‘Something Left Behind’: a mixture of Pop, Art and Technique (PAT?)
There’s four tracks in all, but here’s one for starters: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y0l0w