The Crookes sat down with Kaffeine Buzz today, theoretically speaking, via Skype (along with intermittent screen and audio freezes) to discuss the Sheffield band’s third album, Soapbox (out April 14 on Fierce Panda in the U.K, April 15 on Modern Outsider in the U.S.), and their third time back to Austin to perform a SXSW 2014.
As a veteran of SXSW, I’ve learned many tricks of the trade over the years to not only survive the ‘marathon, not a sprint’ annual conference and party extravaganza, but come out the other end thriving. Most of these lessons have been learned the hard way by being ill prepared or just not knowing what to expect, since things change from year to year. I’m sharing my SXSW veteran tips and tricks so you can enjoy an event better SXSW experience.
The beauty about music is it can lead anyone anywhere, figuratively or literally, as a listener or as a songwriter. For Griff Snyder, it took him from the snowy mountains of Colorado to the shores of California and back; from the days of folk music parties featuring his band Dovekins to the solo explorations of electronic music and the birth of Inner Oceans.
What may or may not be an 'official band photo' of Portland's Grandhorse is no doubt an apt representation of their persona: floating carefree in the water, jovial, and bonding with cold beverages.
After chatting with Harry Koisser, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for Birmingham's PEACE, I realized that the band wasn't on a stretch for this current U.S. tour. He, along with Samuel Koisser on bass, Douglas Castle on guitar, and Dominic Boyce on drums had been going solid since I'd seen them on the last day of SXSW 2013, playing a blow-out set at the British Music Embassy showcase.
Klaxons at SXSW 2013
According to an NME article based on Radio 1's Zane Lowe broadcast featuring Jaime Reynolds, the lead singer for Klaxons, the band has been working on their follow up to 2010's sophomore success, Surfing the Void. This time 'round they're moving deeper into their dancey tendencies while continuing to complement electronics with organic guitar stylings (Chemical Brothers and James Murphy are rumored to be their tutors and producers).
"We have learned to make electronic music with computers, that’s been our mission over the last however long…there are guitars on it, it’s electronic, you know; it’s synthesised and electronic drums and the rest of it, with computers."
Klaxons fans got a sneak listen to the new stuff - "Invisible Forces" and "Rhythm Of Life" - which appeared in their set at the We Love Green festival in France last September (fan-recorded videos on YouTube also show "Invisible Forces" being performed at shows back in 2011). Previous to that, they had cancelled their 2012 summer festival plans to focus their time in the studio, and since then have been on the silent side.
UPDATE: Klaxons were originally scheduled to play the Windish and Red 7 party at Mohawk, Wednesday March 13 at 10:30pm. We believe they had to cancel. Will confirm and update as needed.
We're looking forward to hearing the new material first hand and hope Polydor has by this time, allowed the Klaxons to be free to create as they see fit.
The Postells at SXSW 2013
For the born and bred New York foursome - Daniel Balk (singer), David Dargahi (lead guitar), John Speyer (bass), and Billy Cadden (drums) - much was quite on The Postelles front as well at the time of the November airing.
Since then, a new album announcement has been made: …And It Shook Me is due to be released April 23, a follow up to their self-titled debut in 2011. The first single, "Pretend It's Love (featuring Alex Winston)," has also appeared on Soundcloud as a free download, a jingle-jangle tune full of sprite and springtime melodies.
The Postelles are no strangers to touring, having kept busy over the years with both national and international tours, and festivals ranging from Lollapalooza to Filter's Culture Collide and Icelandic Airwaves. The band is on the road again, hitting up the east coast before they arrive in Austin.
So far they've got one SXSW date booked - March 13 at Soho Lounge via Songkick.com; nothing's showing up on SXSW.com and their March 14 at 1am timeslot on http://austin2013.sched.org doesn't have the specifics yet.
It's a new year and right on queue, SXSW announces Round 3 of bands that have been invited to perform at this year's music showcases. Right off the bat and skimming through this very long list, which brings the total number to around 1,300, artists that stand out include: Toy, Black Lips, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, French Horn Rebellion, Andy Clockwise, Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit, Barcelona, The Limousines, Camera Obscura, Ash (yes! Ash are back!), Baauer, Fenech-Soler, Myka 9 & Factor, and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (at Sx two years in a row!).
Happy Birthday David Bowie!!!! "Time may change me, But I can't trace time..." It was 40 years ago and a day, January 7, 1972, when David Bowie was about to enter what today is called the quarter-century crisis. Turning 25 was indeed a celebration, a crisis it was not since on this day RCA issued his first single "Changes/Andy Warhol."
It was one year ago when I spoke with Brennen Bryarly about his idea: to top into 100 personally chosen tastemakers in Denver to be a part of a monthly community event that brought renowned dance music to the people. That first night on November 19, 2011 at Beauty Bar featured Damon Allen, along with Brennan, otherwise known as Option4, locals Mike D. and Peter Black.
For fans of Johnny Marr, which is most of us, let's be honest, the infamous guitarist is finally set to release a solo album, The Messenger, on February 26, 2013. This is long overdue, for a musician who has, according to a quote from Mojo interview, has "been leading groups since I was 14 years old."