Just a reminder we'll be broadcasting live at 8PM Eastern this Friday, March 20th from Texas! WFMU's returning to curate a nighttime showcase at the SXSW Festival, this time joined by our pals at Aquarius Records in San Francisco. We've handpicked 14 (!) bands once again that we love, and the schedule runs as follows (times are central time). WFMU will broadcast half of the sets live (a mix of both FMU's and AQ's picks), and we're hoping to bring some of the remaining sets to you at a later date. (Flyer: Ben West)
Spiro's on the outdoor/indoor stages (611/615 Red River, downtown Austin):
7:00 PM Prizehog / Gary War
8:00 PM Wildildlife / XYX
9:00 PM Lord Weird Slough Feg / Mayyors
10:00 PM Absu / The Renderers
11:00 PM Obits / Ovens
12:00 PM Major Stars / Woven Hand
1:00 AM Gunslingers / Elm
Blurbage and links on these bands after the jump, we're totally psyched for all of these sets. Liz Berg, Trent Wolbe, Diane Kamikaze, Brian Turner, Benjamen Walker and Scott Williams will be there with some WFMU merch and live reports/interviews between sets, Andee and Allan from Aquarius will also be at the show, so please say hi and grab some swag! Without doubt one of the best official bills of the festival with equal parts heavy/folky/punked/psyched/pop sounds of the highest order!
Here's the lineup, alphabetically, AQ picks first, then WFMU's (thx Andee/Allan for blurbage):
You know we had to have a black metal band on the bill. And who better than one of THEE earliest and best of 'em on the American scene, ever? Texas' own Absu! We've been fans of these guys for YEARS. Amazing, arcane, thrashing true occult black metal that will DESTROY. We're beyond chuffed that Proscriptor & Co. agreed to play. If you're at all metal, do not miss their show!
Dark brooding twang flecked drones from one half of the free rock duo Barn Owl. Like a more druggy blissed out Earth, woozy guitarscapes and undulating layers of low end, conjure up primal blackness and
hazy moonlit melodies.
Shredding, hook-jammed pop blasts from SF, Weezer meets Guided By Voices meets the Beatles meets The Fucking Champs, 30 second blasts of crunchy pop genius, songs about smoking PCP, getting fired and falling down the stairs, as likely to kick out a Melvins cover as they are to tackle some Bee Gees baroque pop classic, they have a new record coming out in a few weeks on tUMULt!
Crushing, slowmo heaviness from SF. Like a more spaced out Harvey Milk, gloriously pummeling and abstract, chugging riffs collide with murky droney drift (pictured right)
SLOUGH FEG, THE LORD WEIRD
Our other more-metal-than-thou pick. From San Francisco, we have first hand knowledge that this band is one of the most truly cult heavy metal acts currently going. And when we say heavy metal, we mean melodic '70s and '80s, Iron Maiden/Judas Priest/Thin Lizzy style with classic riffs, a twin axe attack and heroic vocals. Epic and shredding and as weird as their name implies. Few, if any, other bands can compare.
Damaged and druggy, rhythmic, tripped out, psychedelic metallic noise rock / space pop whatthefuck from these Seattle based (formerly SF, and before that Boston) noisemakers, featuring one former aQuarian, their record on Crucial Blast was an instant classic, their live shows are wild and unhinged, and Wildildlife are definitely one of the few bands who could, and did, give the mighty Harvey Milk a run for their money.
One of our all time favorite bands, ex-Sixteen Horsepower, David Eugene Edwards and his troupe are masters of abject apocalyptic swamp folk, dark and folky and biblical and so so grimly beautiful. Almost every Woven Hand record has been an aQ Record Of The Week. (pic right Erwin Verstappen)
Gary War makes warbly Tascam psych-wave with the best of 'em. His debut LP, New Raytheonport (Shdwply Records), was not only mastered by Ariel Pink, but features guest appearances from Haunted Graffiti members. He also played in legendary lost-psych mind fixture Bobb Trimble's backing band. Gary War (who was also a core member of eclectic freak-folkers Chas Mtn) continues with releases on Woodsist and Sacred Bones this year, but is newly-assembled full live band is somewhat different in comparison to the recorded output but no less than amazing.
Featuring members of black metal horde Diamatregon and avant post rockers Aluk Todolo, the Gunslingers are from France, and spit out a wild frenzied savage and super distorted psychrock. Like a French White Hills of Heads, plenty of garage rock crunch, and pounding seventies acid punk style RAWK blowout, everything doused in a heavy haze of amp damage and distortion. First US tour ever.
Massachusetts based psych rockers, featuring Wayne Rogers and Kate Village (from Magic Hour and Vermonster), specialize in their own unique brand of druggy, washed out, buzz drenched, guitar heavy psychdrone bliss. Heavy and freaked out, total distortion drenched psychedelic nirvana. A rare non-East Coast show. (pic left: Benjamen Sisto)
Some serious, down and dirty, Chrome meets Brainbombs, sonic destruction from Sacramento. Sludgey and noisy, trashy and garagey, with plenty of hooks and swagger, pound and pummel, wrapped in some speaker shredding NOISE!
Rick from Drive Like Jehu and the Hot Snakeswhich is pretty much all you need to know. But just in case you need a little more, they’re now Brooklyn based, with a record coming soon on Sub Pop, and Andee saw them at the Sub Pop 20th Anniversary festival in Seattle and they destroyed! (pic right: Jim Herrington)
Legendary New Zealand post punk avant folk outfit, plenty of dark twang and brooding shimmer, a strange hybrid of noisy dissonance a la Sonic Youth or Mission Of Burma, and delicate lo-fi NZ ghostlike balladry a la Alastair Galbraith and Graeme Jefferies. First show in the states in ELEVEN YEARS!!
All the way from Mexico, comes this female fronted trio, who kick out the hooky, noisy, effects heavy WAY lo-fi art-punk jams. Supposedly an incredible live band, we can’t wait to see for ourselves.