Aus Buzz Report: South By Southwest
News posted Thursday, March 22 2012 at 11:00 AM.
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With the dust settled on Austin’s South by Southwest festival , we ask GLENN DICKIE from Stage Mothers – the guys behind the annual Aussie BBQ – which local bands got the most, er, on-ground buzz. Photo by MIKEY HART.
Australians seemed to go down really well at South by Southwest this year. Most managers are much smarter about how they approach the conference, so they get a lot more out of it. It definitely helps with the success of Goyte and Kimbra over there and the Temper Trap launch at BBQ restaurant Stubb’s. Also Lanie's connection to Jack White (just under Bruce Sprinsteen for “buzz”), Gold Fields signing to Capitol US, and emma louise to French Kiss helped create more of a story out of the US.
Then you have bands like DZ Deathrays and Bleeding Knees getting the UK buzz over there. There really did feel like there was almost an Australian scene. Everyone comments on the diversity coming out of Australia and how good the calibre of acts are: so diverse yet so strong. I did ask a lot of people what they knew about Australian music and Keith Urban won that comp. They still don't believe AC/DC were from Australia and they are all on the Goyte gravy train. It's feeling good.
Buzz ranking: #1
Buzz words: Nick Allbrook voted “Best Bare Feet” of SXSW by Stereogum: “Nick “Paisley Adams” Allbrook, the perpetually shoe-bereft bassist for Tame Impala, who was recast this week as the perpetually shoe-bereft livewire frontman for Australian classic riff-rock vamp band/Tame Impala spinoff POND. What he lacks in shoes he makes up in HEART (and amphetamine-y spasms and contortions).”
Buzz ranking: #2
Buzz words: New York Times: “Her smart, breezy, intricate songs are propelled by style-hopping grooves, lighthearted nonsense-syllable hooks and a voice that can be flirtatious or biting. She’s a complete 21st-century pop package. And like many of the acts clamoring for attention at SXSW, she was taking nothing for granted.”
The Temper Trap
Buzz ranking: #3
Buzz words: AOL Spinner: “It seems that the Temper Trap endeavours to be the next commercial face of indie pop and, judging by the adoration it received at Stubb's, they seem to be well on their way.”
Buzz ranking: #4
Buzz words: AOL Spinner: “There were a few new kids who made an impression, including Montreal's avant-pop star Grimes … Scottish art-school dance-rockers Django [Django], adorable Australian rockabilly lady Lanie Lane and mixtape rappers like Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T and Atlanta's 2 Chainz.”
Buzz ranking: #5
Buzz words: Slug Magazine: “Both members were drenched in sweat a few songs in, and with the Ridley's blond locks and the Parsons' brown ones, it was impossible to avoid the clichéd Wayne and Garth comparisons. These two Aussies killed it on-stage during their second year at SXSW. If these boys ever tour stateside, drop whatever you’re doing and fucking go!”
Buzz ranking: #6
Buzz words: themusic.com.au: “By the finale no one wants them to stop and the band even plead with the angry looking security guards to let them play one more.”
Buzz ranking: #7
Buzz words: Billboard: “Technical issues delayed Emma Louise's Maggie Mae's set, but the Australian singer was worth the wait. Her vocals have the dry seriousness of UK colleague Laura Marling, though Louise operates firmly in the rock realm, with synthesizers pulsing gently below her luminous guitars on songs such as the anthemic ‘Jungle’.”
Buzz ranking: #8
Buzz words: Billboard: “At the Beale Street Tavern, Australia's Twerps added some rock 'n' roll flair to their 1 a.m. set. While frontman Martin Frawley didn't rip into any searing solos -- he left that to lead guitarist Julia McFarlane -- the Melbourne rocker did a moment to lick his guitar during a handful of passionate breakdowns. Gene Simmons lives!”
Buzz ranking: #9
Buzz words: Picked as an “act to watch” by the Austin Chronicle’s Michael Berlin: “Faker's rise from nowhere started when his ambient-folk cover of Blackstreet's ‘No Diggity’ shot up the music blog tracker hype machine. The South Australian's recently released debut EP, Thinking in Textures, telegraphs the post-dubstep wares he peddles. Also, that's a most excellent pseudonym.”
Buzz ranking: #10
Buzz words: Zan Rowe (triple j): “Was there to see Young Magic, who impressed me with the execution of their floaty, beat filled songs. They recreated their album in fine form and it was kinda nice to finish my trip around the musical world with an act from home.”
Special mentions: Husky, Busby Marou, Flight Facilities and Gotye ("purely just coming out of car stereos and cover bands").
For a full SXSW report click here.