#106 Idiot abroad

I got sunburnt.

Yep – my SXSW consisted of 2.5 days of rain (as good as England can thrash it down) and in the 6 hours or so I was free to roam and the sun came out…I managed to toast my shoulders to a crisp by falling asleep in a park / not wearing suncream. Spring King were by far the most talked about band in my world impressing the world and their friend. SOAK (not really my thing but still) deserves a hats off for a spot on performance at our BBC Introducing showcase out there and Single Mothers rock the socks off everything and everyone.

Hop Along are a great group of mates from Philly who make happy bouncy indie tunes – American style. With a Jekyll and Hyde vocal from frontwoman Frances you have cute and smooth next to banshee roars that’ll rival the chimney’s (ie 50 fags a day lovelies like Brody Dalle / Courtney Love) and it sounds wonderful.

America’s counterpart to Violent Soho – Superheaven – are back with their first taste from their upcoming album “Ours Is Chrome”. Nice piece of rock along American post-grunge here.

Speaking of Aussie’s, I’ve dug up another one that’s making brilliant electro tunes: Life If Better Blonde. A kind of How To Dress Well meets James Blake style, but with his own individuality / influence from his fellow Melbourne music -bods seeping in.

Pale Honey offer an exaggerated option to the quiet chorus meets amped up chorus of rock / grunge tunes with their new track “Youth”. From whispers to wails it’s pretty sweet.

One of my favourite bands in the UK right now – Brawlers – are back with more material following their debut EP. “Drink & Dial” has been kicking around for a couple of months now, but there’s a new one “Windowmisser” if you fancy a google.

Polish Club have all the spirit and soul of The Black Keys with the lo-fi element of newness and minus the shoulder injury.

Really looking forward to seeing what these guys get up to this year.

Saw this band for the first time last week at a very cool London hang out with a (supposed) 24 hour bar and a group of people who were far too cool for me. Anyway – damn…it shows just how slow record labels can be on bands sometimes. Why aren’t these lot signed and spewing out records / tours like no one’s business? LISTEN TO THIS STUFF. It’s A-list. Meet Childcare 🙂

I was making a point earlier this week on twitter about it being important to have heard a track full stop, even though so many are obsessed with claiming they’ve heard  it first. This is one such band that I’m horrifically late on, but glad I’ve heard – Royal Headache – full of spirit and riffage and all things fun.

Vallee are also from Melbourne but give us some quality indie / rock. Another radio-ready anthem via our friends at Triple J Unearthed

Next week should be fun too – I’m delving into that long list that is The Great Escape. Can’t wait!

Elise x

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