First of all, thanks to those SXSW bands who have been blatantly pandering to us for attention. We absolutely accept bribes (we like our t-shirts in size large, by the way) and feel free to contact us for a mailing address. Bad news is that if you suck, we’re still going to mention it. Yeah, this whole credibility thing is a bugaboo (how’s that for a fun word to use in a sentence?). Don’t worry, we won’t single you out by name and we still may wear your shirts on those days when we have to wash the dog. Having said that, we’ve been clued in to a couple of bands (we heart Bobbie, who hearts Lenka, therefore we LOVE Lenka)that had flown under our radar and we’ll absolutely be discussing them as the SXSW preview continues.
And now on with the woefully disappointing C’s!
Cary Brothers- No disappointment here. A great studio band who are precious (in a good way) live.
Circle Jerks- File this one under guilty pleasures. CJ probably haven’t been relevent since the mid-80′s. The Decline of Western Civilization (pt.1) was the most influential movie I watched as a youth, so the Jerks will always have a place in my heart. The clip below is from TDOWC and shows them at their best. I strongly suggest hunting down a copy of the movie on VHS (strangely the movie has never been put out on DVD) and watching it non-stop for the next week. It’ll be fun to see what Keith Morris looks like and how they interact with a crowd old enough to be their grandchildren.
The Cloud Room- Compared to Echo and the Bunnymen initially, they probably fit more into the Franz Ferdinand style of music. Not necessarily a bad thing if they don’t become….Franz Ferdinand. Should be a good live band.
The Crystal Method- Shocked that I like this band? Me too. I’m not a big electronica guy, although I can talk Squarepusher and Underworld with the best of them (did I mention the guys in Adult, were good friends of mine back in the day?), I do get bored with this genre. But Crystal Method use keyboard and drum patterns in a way that make them closer to “rock” than anyone else. Great light shows, dancing and….I’m assuming their show will be around 2am, right? Perfect.
Tomorrow, the far more exciting ‘D’s with two of my all-time favorite bands and my new “best album of 2009″ candidate (move over Boxer Rebellion!).