SXSW day Three – Thursday 15 March – Part One
Another late start. I went first to the Hype Machine party first (and not just because of the free beer and burritos).
I missed Jimmy Cliff and Korallreven but Lee Fields and the Expressions were getting ready to go on. I stood by Mr Fields at the side of the stage while his band started up. A bunch of younger guys, very tight and very funky. He had jeans on and shuffled around getting hyped up before bouncing onto the stage. It was about 2 o’clock in the afternoon but he was really into his performance, talking to the audience and razing up his band. A great show.
Next up, Bass Drums of Death, 2 guitars and a drummer. They were tight and noisey – excellent.
Next I headed over to Latitude and the Brit party. The beer was cold (and free) and there was food. I had meant to go on to the NZ party but I felt my will weakening.
Eventually my conscience got the best of me and I wondered over with a crowd from Latitude, they were keen to try some New Zealand wines. Outside the wine flowed freely while inside a big white tent a PI rapper tried to cope with taped backing music. I wandered off…
As always, I found it difficult to know where to spend the evening – The Pitchforth party with Heartless Bastards, Peaking Lights, Lower Dens and Japanoids?, The Fader Fort with Big Krit, Gary Clark Jnr, Teenage Fantasy and Zola Jesus, The ‘East of England’ night at Latitude with a mass of bands I had not heard of, The Shins across town with M Ward, the Black Angels, Grimes, Purity Ring, Com Truise, Crystal Antlers, Titus Andronicus with Jesus and the Mary Chain ??? Choices, choices…
I wondered around soaking up the madness while I decided.