South By Southwest is back this year, the music conference held in Austin Texas provides the industry with a look into a lot of new bands that may feature in the up coming year, a long with lots of industry experts giving their two cents about new media, social trends and the future of the music industry.
Now if you are one of the lucky 300,000 estimated people going to SXSW then lucky you, I hope you had a sick time and make sure you catch Andrew WK and party hard. But if like me you will be sitting at home not attending the busy festival here is my list of bands to check out after SXSW is over.
The 1975. Manchester, UK.
Currently enjoying an heavy rotation on my ipod. The band are on some big bills at SXSW, playing on the ASCAP showcase will defiantly increase their American fan base. The band have been on tour with Two Door Cinema Club in Europe and will only be stopping off at SXSW for a two day stint on their US tour (who just stops of at SXSW?!?). Their music is a combination of indie rock music and heavy synthesisers, they have two EP’s out at the moment, a third call ‘Music For Car’s’ that just dropped and a debut album to be announced soon. Big things to come from The 1975.
Frightened Rabbit. Glasgow Scotland.
I don’t know what it is but i just love Scottish bands, they seem to have it, what ever it is for me. Frightened Rabbit played at last years SXSW at the Scottish show case with bands like Twin Atlantic and Admiral Fallow. They are a band who seem to be doing everything right at the moment, the new album ‘Pedestrian Verse’ has been getting good reviews across the board and they are shooting off in the states. For some fun innocent Scottish rock check these guys out.
Bestfriends. Chicago Il
A electro duo who are the text book definition of DIY. The dudes, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered their debut self titled EP last year and directed two music videos. The multi instrumentalists toured around North America with pop acts mainly, and with a live band and live keys playing the synth hooks they put on an impressive live show. I feel that this band could have the potential to write a summer hit sometime soon and we all love ourselves a guilty pleasure.
Billy Woods. Washington D.C.
A hard hitting rapper who has spent most of his life living in Africa and the West indies, he calls DC his home but now works and lives in New York. He came out with a hard hitting album last year called ‘History Will Absorb Me’, with songs about corruption, rap, depression, slavery and his many homes. Even though it was hard hitting and at some points hard to listen to the album gained lots of praise all across the board and his new full length is expected in May.
The Geeks. Seoul, South Korea.
Remember when hardcore wasn’t popular and they actually cared about what they sang? If you enjoy that kinda hardcore its all the rage in Asia at the moment. The Geeks are a great example of the rising K/J/V/T Rock. Fast songs about everything from live to death and everything in the middle. Their debut EP distributed world wide by Townhall Records helped the western world hear this band and they where soon dubbed as one of the most sincere hardcore bands out there. The Geeks are to Asia what Youth Of Today was to America.