Band Speed Dating Music Style At SXSW 2012

When we were in the fine city that is Austin, Texas, we caught up with a whole host of bands at SXSW. In particular, on one of the days we managed to chat to a fair few bands in just under 3 hrs.  Imagine the scene…it was like speed dating with groups of musicians and artists who you’d never met before and you had a very limited window to chat, dig deep and find out as much as you could to spread the great word of their music.

To start off the fine affair with each band we not only asked them to let us know a few secrets of their own but to also Kiss, Kill & Marry poll them on the actors Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling & George Clooney plus Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian & Charlize Theron.  We’ll update you later on who was potentially slaughtered and who was the ring on the finger type prize.  In the meantime, check out the bands we met below and get yourself into all things band like!!!!  All of the bands were great fun and amongst the many gems we met that day there were definitely some diamonds!!!

This post could be a massive one, so you know us….we’re more about getting the band and the tracks to you so that you can make up your own mind so get clicking and listening and watching and digesting the tunes below.

The Used

The Used have put out their fine new album ‘Vulnerable’ and this one will blast your socks off!!!  The first single from the album ‘I Come Alive’ has been receiving some heavy radio play recently in the US and we’ve got to say that there is a real air of early Silverchair meets Foo Fighters going on with this album release, and of course that means it’s all quality!

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Lily & The Parlour Tricks

Lily & The Parlour Tricks are from Brooklyn, NY and recorded their EP at Daptone Studios where Amy Winehouse recorded her album ‘Back To Black’.  When on the road … the little secret that this band leaked is that they like the Alanis Morrissette tracks from Jagged Little Pill and sing these in full when they’re on the never ending road.  Check out The Darwin song below and soak them up!!!

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We didn’t get to catch up with the lead singer but we caught up with the rest of the guys in the band.  Awesome tunes we reckon from this band indeed!  They’re making their way out on the road with The Rocket Summer and The Scene Aesthetic from May-July! You can get some tix for the first half of the tour are on sale below.

Check out the dates here:

05/31 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon – Tickets
06/02 – Sparks, NV @ The Alley – Tickets
06/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims – Tickets
06/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy – Tickets
06/06 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House – Tickets
06/07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café (Vegas Strip) – Tickets
06/08 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic – Tickets
06/09 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch – Tickets

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We Are The In Crowd

Their album Best Intentions is out a the moment and rocks big time!!!  They’re one mighty tour across the US and the UK up until October and you should definitely check out their video below and get on their official site below too for some concert tix!!!

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We chatted to the boys from Mercies and we’re pretty impressed by their tunes!!!! Especially their damn fine cover of The Beach Boys track ‘In My Room’.  It was a pleasure catching up with these guys.  They recently dropped their ‘The Ballet’ EP which as far as we are concerned is an absolute class affair.  Yes indeed!!! Fleet foxes meets classical.  Tracks one and two were actually commissioned for a ballet  and are outstanding compositions.

Check out their awesome tracks below and get onto their official site for more Mercies goodness!!!  Mercies are going places!

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The Gallery

Welcome to The Gallery who are going to go all Tom Petty on your ass.  These boys hail from Massachusetts, but the band calls West Palm Beach in Florida their second home as well.  Their ‘Come Alive’ is out and you can check out their fine tracks below at their BandCamp link.

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June Divided

We love the vocals of Melissa Menago on vocals for June Divided and their fine EP that is ‘The Other Side Of You’.  Check out the track ‘Perfect Storm’ below that does not feature George Clooney on a ship raging in the stormy sea.

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If you check out this band’s bio, they’re  a melting pot of musical influences. The band’s most recent album “Unpleasant Companion” was recorded and mixed in 4 days with Chicago engineer Steve Albini to capture a live dynamic onto 16 track 2-inch tape. The result was a raw and noisy rock sound with an experimental focus, available on a limited run of pink vinyls.  Talking about pink vinyl…do you know how hard it is to get vinyl back from the US, through Mexico and back into the US and then into Australia.  Yes…we kept it in one piece and we’re glad we did as we really dig the tunes of Asleep.  We hope you do too and you should check out their link below for a couple of sampler tracks.  Like it!!! Thanks again guys.

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Super Prime

These boys rock with a capital R folks.  They’re about to hit the road (a seriously long June and July tour) with Hawthorne Heights and you should check out their site below for tour dates to see if they hit a town near you.  They’re EP #FML is out and you can get a sneaky preview of the tracks below.

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Car Party

Car Party currently have a kickstart going on for their up and coming tracks and we reckon you should get behind these guys on this one.  Their new tracks on their Dollar Sign EP are pretty spesh and we love these tracks.  Check out the Kickstart video below and their Dollar Sign EP tracks, including ‘Dollar Sign’ and the awesome ‘Please Me’.

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Body Rampant

These boys wear some crazy ass masks when they’re on stage and their track  ‘New Riot Central’ below is a belter.

Check it out:

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The Ugly Club

Hmmm.  Theirs a bit of Oasis meets Frank Black’s Teenager of The Year going on here with The Ugly Club and their Visions of Tall Girl EP.  Maybe even a cheeky bit of Joe Jackson and The Strokes in there for good measure.  This EP is very diverse but very listenable and we’ve been playing this a little while now since SXSW in March.

Do yourself a favour and give this boys a listen below:

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Glory Days

If you’re look for a band that could be the next The Script, then you’ve come to the right place.  These boys from New Jersey, NYC know how to write a tune, a ballad and the whole works.  Just take one listen to their track ‘Find Me There’ and it’s enough to melt the heart of any teenage girl swooning after a band and it probably helps that all the guys look pretty good too. They make a great advert for Ray Bans!! If you crack onto iTunes you can pick up their Broke In New York and Living Room Session EPs.  We’ve just been on to make a purchase of these fine tracks and we reckon you should too.

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Casey Desmond

With all things Grimes and Dragonette going great guns at the moment, we’re pleased to say that there is another artist getting some quality tunes out to the masses and that is Casey Desmond.  Whilst we met Casey, we unfortunately didn’t get to catch her live at SXSW which is a shame as the tracks that we subsequently listened to are seriously quality tunes.  In particular, we love the remixes of Geography and Rendezvous.   Check out the select tracks below and the set list too as there are some awesome tracks down here.

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Kiss Marry Kill Results 

Now…..back to those Kiss Marry Kill results.  Once we were all over the confusion of who Charlize Theron is and how you pronounce her surname and the fact that it was a selection of Kiss, Marry, Kill options and not who you would do this to in the band, it ended up being a discussion on the ingenious ways that you could actually kill Kim Kardashian (poor Kim…although there were a couple that wanted to marry her). Controversially George Clooney was taking the bullet for the team from the ladies and a few gents.  Ryan Gosling is the man of the moment that most tipped towards the ‘Marry’ vote.  Anyway, it definitely provided a great icebreaker for the bands who were expecting something far more serious…but here at YMR, that’s never going to happen.  Until next year, check out the results below and definitely check out the bands above.

Kiss – Brad Pitt

Marry – Ryan Gosling

Kill – George Clooney

Kiss – Angelina Jolie

Marry – Charlize Theron

Kill – Kim Kardashian

About Graham Porter

Founder of YMR and has been trying to make a difference for unsigned, up and coming artists and all things great in music since 2011.

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