Interview: Meet Soft Streak, your new fave dreamy duo from LA

Monday, March 18, 2019

Photo - Kristy Smolcic 

It's no secret that we're huge fans of LA-based experimental electronic duo Soft Streak. Our first taste of their sound was with ‘Orogeny’, and we were instantly in awe of what they could do. We met up with Tori and Colton last week to talk about being in LA, new music and the challenges they face.

Are you both originally from LA?

Tori: No
Colton: Neither of us are. I’m from the Bay Area in Northern California and Tori is from Connecticut.
Tori: Yeah, I’m from Connecticut on the East Coast.

How did you both meet?

Tori: We met in our sophomore year of college.
Colton: In 2012.
Tori: So it’s been a while (laughs). We didn’t start making music together right away, but I guess being friends helped before making music.

And how has moving to LA influenced the way you approach music and your sound?

Tori: It has influenced us a lot. I guess we both had different music tastes when we met and part of us becoming friends was sharing music together and sort of figuring out what we liked.
Colton: We really grew up as musicians in LA so it has really influenced us as there’s tonnes of music around and friends who do film and art and that type of stuff.
Tori: Yeah, I think we definitely found our sound together. When we first started making music together, it sounded very different then what it is now. I think just the city has a lot to offer in terms of creativity.
Colton: And a lot of different genres too.
Tori: And music that you can see all the time and every night. So that has been great.

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Recently you shared your EP Late Bloomer, how long did it take to put that together?

Colton: It was probably over the span of over a year. We were kind of just compiling different songs together.
Tori: We had a different iteration of this project before and we figured out that it didn’t sound like us, so we took some time to figure out what we sounded like and where we wanted to go, but yeah, I would say it took around a year.

I found as I was listening to the EP that it was tightly curated and the flow between tracks was incredible. 

Tori: Thanks.

How much consideration do you put it into the sequence of the tracks and how it flows as a whole?

Tori: I didn’t go into the process thinking about a theme that I wanted to write about necessarily, but it happened organically. I was thinking about things in my life that came out into the music. In terms of flow, we think about that a lot. Just like listening to other people’s projects in order and wanting it to be a cohesive piece of work, I think that’s important to us.

Did you encounter any challenges when putting it together?

Tori: I think because we had the other iteration of the project, which was under another name, we really just wanted to take our time with it and to make sure that what we were putting out was going to be the best representation of us. I think that can be very hard if you’re close to the project and you’re listening to it a lot and then decide what to change.
Colton: Like Tori was saying, we took our time on the project because we were trying to figure out what sound we wanted to do. So even though it was a year, we weren’t literally working on the songs for the entire year. We would do a song, sit on it and think about it and see if it was what we wanted to sound like.
Tori: There was literally a lot of discards.
Colton: (Laughs) Tonnes of discards. We probably did over 30 songs, and then only picked a few.

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And some of the songs that were discarded, will you ever release them or will you keep them locked away? 

Tori: That's a good question (laughs), I don't know.
Colton: Yeah, some of those will never see the light of day (laughs). Sometimes we'll go back through them. It's happened a few times where we've started something, threw it away and then found it again and reworked it.
Tori: Or have even taken a section of it and added it to something else.
Colton: I think even with ‘Orogeny’, we almost threw that song out.
Tori: We couldn’t figure out what direction it was going to take.
Colton: It wasn’t really working and then we then revisited it and then I added a few things into the production.

I’m so glad you ended up not cutting it!! (laughs) I love that one so much. Have you thought about your next release?

Tori: We have a music video coming out in April. It’s for a new song, we’re going to play it this week. We’re super excited, it’s already been shot, it’s being colored now.
Colton: It’s going to be our first visual, so we’re very excited about it.
Tori: We have some other songs recorded or rough demos, and then we will probably follow up with a single. But I’m leaning towards putting out a bigger project after this.
Colton: I think we’re going to do singles until we gain a little more traction. I feel like with Late Bloomer, it seemed harder for us get more press for a whole project rather than singles.
Tori: In terms of Spotify and streaming services, I think the nature of having playlists instead of other ways of discovering music people gravitate towards singles and putting them on a playlist is easy and you get to hear a bunch of different things. But I’m more interested in an album.
Colton: Artistically, we really want to do it.
Tori: Yeah, a more cohesive album.

So, as soon as SXSW wraps up, are you going to go back and work on new music?

Tori: On the way back, we’re going to playing in El Paso and then we have a show in LA, we’ll have to stay awake for it (laughs).
Colton: And we have a few shows being booked in LA after that.
Tori: We sort of took a break when we were making the EP and wrapping that up, we didn’t play shows in a while, so I can’t wait to play a bunch of shows in LA.
Colton: We’re going to try play as many shows as possible.
Tori: But hopefully play shows and work on the music at the same time.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic (Folio)

You can listen to Late Bloomer by Soft Streak below:

Now Watching: WOOZE – ‘I'll Have What She's Having'

Photo by Bex Day

British/Korean duo WOOZE continue their string of enthralling music videos with their latest clip for ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’, which is set to appear on their highly anticipated EP what’s on your mind, due for release on May 3rd via Young Poet Records.

The cinematic music video was filmed in an Incheon 'colatek’, which is a daylight disco for older Koreans, with many having affairs. On the video, the duo said, “The fact that on the surface this is a video about cheating couples on a double date is in many ways irrelevant as the ending of the video will highlight. As the narrative progresses time unravels, identities split and the contours of reality, and what constitutes reality, blur”. The clip was directed by Korean director Nuri Jeong.

WOOZE never fails to impress and once again they prove why they should be on everyone’s radar.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Feature: The Anatomy of ‘Say It' with Thandi Phoenix

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Recently, the ever-so-talented Thandi Phoenix combined her musical superpowers with UK powerhouse Sigma on 'Say It'. She took some time-out to break-down the story behind her dazzling new single for us below.

The story behind 'Say It' is... finding yourself at a point in a relationship where your desire for honesty and intimacy has reached bursting point. There's a profound power in being vulnerable and open with someone about your feelings and this song is calling out for just that

My favourite lyric is... “Say it that you want me now. Say it that you need me now. Confess to me”

It was made... in a room with a colour wheel remote so I was switching up the colours and feels often - felt like a nightclub in the studio haha

My main inspiration was... big 90s house tunes with rhythmic driven pianos and anthemic hooks

It sounds best when... you turn it all the way up

You can listen to 'Say It' by Thandi Phoenix below:

Live Review: SXSW 2019 16.03.19 – ft. Bathe, The Amazons, Goodbye Honolulu & Soft Streak

Photo by Kristy Smolcic

Yesterday was our last day in Texas for SXSW, and we were determined to finish off the festival by squeezing in a day packed with the best tunes from around town. Before we left Austin, check out what we got up to throughout the day.

Goodbye Honolulu at Hotel Vegas:
Our favourite Canadians brought their buoyant energy to Burger Records’ Burgermania showcase and they made sure everyone in the room was having a good time. Despite it being an intimate space, they sent fans into a frenzy, with moshing and crowd-surfing erupting amongst the crowd. Their live shows are a fun experience for anyone lucky enough to catch them live. 

Bathe at Swan Dive Patio 
I still remember the first time we stumbled across Bathe — we were three hours deep through our daily scroll sessions on Hype Machine and couldn’t believe how good ‘Sure Shot’ was. Last night, we were lucky enough to finally catch them live. The duo left everyone mesmerized with their enthralling and memorable showcase. We’re excited to see where Devin and Corey take Bathe next. 

Soft Streak at CU29 
This fab duo from Los Angeles brought the grooves to CU29 and their set was a magical experience from beginning to end. They gave the crowd a delightful taste of their latest EP Late Bloomer, as well as a cover of Gwen Stefani’s ‘Cool’. Soft Streak never leave us disappointed and we’re certain these talented humans have something special planned for 2019. 

The Amazons at the British Music Embassy 
With three hours until we were supposed to be at the airport, we skipped sleep and made our way to the British Music Embassy to see the always firey legends The Amazons close out the British Music Embassy. Oozing confidence, the band rocked their way through their new single ‘Mother’, which was their opener, as well ‘In My Mind’, ‘Little Something’ and ‘Junk Food Forever’. They ended their set with Matt leaving his guitar with someone in the crowd before the band briskly departed the stage in true rock 'n' roll style (P.S. we made our flight and it was worth every second).

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic (Folio)

Interview: The Amazons on their plans for world domination in 2019

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Currently gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, The Amazons, who are one of the UK's most prominent rock bands right now, have been working hard. Whilst in Austin for SXSW, we caught up with three-quarters of The Amazons to dive into 'Mother', their new album and why they should visit Australia ASAP.

What have you guys been up to in Texas?

Matt: It’s been wicked, it’s been really fun. We were just at the Texas Music Museum out of town, around an hour away and that was really cool. We got a real sense of, not only the artists that you would know about like Janus Joplin or Buddy Holly but also the German immigrants and their influence on classical music, and then went into Western Swing, a bit of Ragtime, and the gospel stuff.
Joe: This guy, bless him, that was running it, I don’t think much people visit it because he was telling us everything Texas related and music related.
Matt: It was wicked.
Joe: Yeah, it was so good.
Matt: Now we feel like we’ve had a taste of what Austin is all about and we’re excited to play at Lucille's (Australia House) tonight.
Joe: We’re two gigs in on our SXSW journey now and we feel warmed up.

You’ve played a bit overseas now, right?

Matt: Yeah, we have.

I actually saw you guys around a year ago in Tokyo, and it was a really interesting experience. What’s it like for you when you're playing in front of people who aren’t native English speakers? 

Matt: I think it’s really interesting to see how the music transcends cultures and languages. I couldn’t speak Japanese, but they certainly understood rock and roll, they definitely understood a drum solo (laughs). To be fair, they might not be fluent in English, but they were singing the words back to us in English. It was just fun, it’s the best bit about it. We’ve toured the hell out of England and it’s amazing, and it has a different kind of enjoyment, but going abroad and trying new things, meeting new people and going on new adventures is the best thing about it all, I think. We were saying earlier, yesterday actually, it’s amazing where something as simple as music can take us whilst sitting around a quiet suburb in Austin.
Joe: Yeah, just looking out onto the road as cars were driving past, just going “this is crazy”.
Matt: We’ve gone from playing in Seoul, Korea to here, it’s crazy man.
Joe: It’s good.
Matt: It’s sick. I love it.
Joe: It’s like a huge gap year (laughs).
Matt: Yeah (laughs).
Joe: It’s a lifelong gap year, basically.
Matt: It’s like a summer vacation forever

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Getting to take what you love to places as far as Japan or Korea is a pretty cool thing to do.

Matt: It’s like people’s annual holiday, but you do it all in one year. The music takes us through a different way of travelling.
Chris: I kinda like it as well because it’s not so much that you’re choosing where to go somewhere, the music is choosing where you go.
Matt: 100 per cent.
Chris: There’s something quite fairytale-esque about that, I think.
Matt: When turning up to a country, or like here, it’s not all about relaxing or chilling out like a normal holiday like tourists, there’s a purpose for being here, and that we're supposed to be here because people want to hear the music, and like Chris said, they choose where you go, we don’t choose where to go. Because there are places where we would love to go.
Joe: Like Australia.
Matt: But they haven’t chosen us yet.

I was about to ask that, you obviously want to come to Australia, right??

Matt: Of course.
Joe: God yeah.
Chris: Yeah.
Matt: We hear so much about Melbourne in particular from our producer Catherine, who we worked with on the last album and the new one, Catherine Marks, she’s based in London, but she’s a really proud Aussie. So we want to come over.
Joe: Can we put on record that she’s a bogan?
Matt: (Laughs) yeah, she’s a massive bogan. She would love that. We listen to so much music from Australia, Tame Impala is a big one.
Joe: And AC/DC.
Matt: There’s so much music that comes out of Australia, and so much good rock and roll, like Wolfmother was great.
Joe: Yeah Wolfmother were sick.
Matt: JET too, Courtney Barnett as well.

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Yeah, we’ve got a lot of good ones! 

And you literally just dropped the video for ‘Mother’, it’s a great one by the way. How did it come together? 

Matt: Thanks. Well, we always wanted to explore animated videos and we’ve always been inspired by the likes of Tame Impala. We felt like this song was the one that gave us more licence to go to different places and do different things creatively and it was the only thing that could match the sonics of the record. It was quite the journey and a really big learning curve and I think ultimately, we ended up with something really cool.
Joe: Stephen Agnew has done a great job with putting it together with all our hissy fits with changing tiny bits (laughs). It wasn’t like a normal video where you just change or cut a shot of someone, because it’s all hand-drawn and animation and changing one bit takes so long to do if we wanted to change it.
Matt: We literally had an animator and a good artist involved.
Joe: It feels like we didn’t do anything like that on the last album or the last campaign as well. And coming back with ‘Mother’ and doing something as different as an animated video felt like the right thing to do.
Matt: It definitely felt like the right thing. This time around, more than the first record, we have been exploring artwork, different artists and creative directions a lot more. Even on tour posters, there are so many dimensions and depth that you achieve using other people’s eyes and their interpretations of music so I think that’s something that we will explore a bit more.

Are you still working on the second album?

Matt: It’s all done.

So it's all finished? That’s exciting. 

Matt: Yeah, all finished, it's all ready to go. It’s been mastered, it's in the boxes
Joe: The artwork is complete, which didn’t we sign that off yesterday?
Matt: Yeah that’s all done too, signed that all off. We’re very excited. We’re just going through the lyrics to make sure there are no typos in them, all the fun stuff. I think we’re going to drop it a lot sooner than people think.

How long did it take to put together?

Matt: So the writing for the first couple of songs was at the end of 2017, right at the end, November 2017.
Joe: ‘Mother’ was the first.
Matt: Yeah, ‘Mother’ was the first, it was one of the first tunes. It took a long time to finish, these things generally do, in terms of the lyrics and the melody and trying to work out how it fits together. I think a lot of the lyrics were written at the same time because you can’t work out what to say until the very end (laughs). So that was a year’s worth of writing and it was the end of 2017 and we were in the studio in November and we were done by Christmas. Compared to the first album, it was such a quick turnaround and that was a really interesting experience for us. You get the opportunity to consider themes and cohesiveness that you wouldn’t have before, so it’s all done at the same time. It’s lyrically, essentially, my 2018, and my experiences with that. On a really personal level but also on a broader sense. I wouldn’t say it was overly negative, it was just a confusing time and there was a lot of turbulence I guess, and a lot of uncertainty. I think that’s reflected in the lyrics, not sonically, I think we’re very certain that we like the music, and we’re very certain that it’s rock and roll, and we really believe in the songs. It was an interesting time to be writing lyrics personally, because if you’re talking about relationships and how a lot of it is conducted on your phone, and then when you dive deeper into the phone thing we’re looking at broader aspects and stuff naturally, whether it’s the right thing or how much social media affects the way we conduct our relationships.

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Sounds like the next album is going to be another hit! 

Matt: I hope so.

So when you guys wrap up here in Austin, what’s coming up? Do you put much consideration into music after album two is released?

Joe: We’ve got BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May.
Matt: Another single is going to come out in the next month and a bit.
Joe: More music, more playing.
Matt: We’re going to be playing a lot of festivals, Reading and Leeds, so more UK stuff, and go to Europe, and do a tour at the end of the year.
Joe: Then it’s Christmas again.
Matt: Whoa, then it’s Christmas (laughs). We’ll carry on writing, really. It was a different process for the last one. The first album felt like an end of a chapter and the end of an era, but I think this one more than ever, the second album feels like the start of something for me. It feels like the start of a journey. I felt like there was a wall that we had to push through, and now with the second album, as individuals and as a band, it’s been more of a creative journey exploring new music and exploring different sounds and then feeding that into us as musicians. There were a lot of songs that we didn’t have time to finish, so before there’s another album, I feel like there will be more music. The thing about releasing music in 2019 with all the streaming services that control how we listen to music I think that should dominate the way we release music, and I don’t see this band waiting another two years to put out an album
Joe: Being archaic in album cycles is waiting two years.
Matt: We’ve got stuff to go after the album, so I don’t see the point in waiting around.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic 

(Live photos were from The Amazon's set at SXSW during their showcase at the British Music Embassy on March 16)

Live Review: SXSW 2019 14.03.19 – ft. Novelist, The Blinders, Eliza Shaddad, Golden Vessel, Husky Loops & Willie J Healey

Friday, March 15, 2019
Photo by Kristy Smolcic 

Night four in Austin saw us squeeze in six showcases, which is the most we’ve done in one night during our entire time at SXSW — and it was our favourite night yet. We take you through our highlights from another massive night in Texas.

Husky Loops at 720 Club 
We kicked off our night at Husky Loops’ riveting set at 720 Club. The packed out space turned into a wonderland of intricate beats and fine musicianship from the UK-based three-piece. Husky Loops' shows are an enticing experience for anyone who is lucky enough to see them live in action.

Eliza Shaddad at The Townsend 
After following Eliza’s music for a little while now, we were thrilled to finally see what she does best in a live setting, and it was impressive. Accompanied on-stage by two members from ISLAND, Eliza presented a moving display of raw vocals and storytelling and we were covered in goosebumps until the moment she departed the stage.

Willie J Healey at David’s Historic Sanctuary
SXSW 2019 has seen us hang out at the British Music Embassy most of the time, but after hearing around town that Church venues were a great place to catch showcases, we thought we would give it a go. We headed over to catch Willie J Healey for a second time this week, and it was just a special as the set he played at the British Music Embassy on Monday. It’s safe to say that we’re all going to be seeing much more of him as time goes by. Some highlights from his set included ‘666 Kill’ and ‘Lovelawn’.

Golden Vessel at Scratchhouse Backyard 
After being left mesmerised by Eliza Shaddad and Willie J Healey, the dreamy vibes continued through to Golden Vessel’s set at Scratchhouse Backyard. The support for Golden Vessel on the night was massive, winning the hearts of everyone who was there. The enchanting set included splendid releases, ‘BIGBRIGHT’, ‘Hesitate’ and ‘DIZZY’. Spotted mid-set was a group of dudes tracking down Golden Vessel’s Soundcloud, with them murmuring to each other, “this guy is about to be huge!".

Novelist at the British Music Embassy 
After dominating the Fader Fort, Novelist has become one of the most talked about rappers at SXSW and we had to see why. His buoyant set had the room frantic and everyone could feel his energy. Though we haven't had the chance to catch much rap this year, Novelist's set satisfied all our cravings.

The Blinders at the British Music Embassy 
Our last showcase for the night was The Blinders, who put on a memorable show. The Manchester-based three-piece were utterly ferocious from beginning to end. From the moment they pounced onto the stage, they had the entire room hypnotised in every way possible. Though their set was a highlight as a whole, some memorable moments included the fiery ‘L’Etat C’est Moi’ and always entrancing ‘Brave New World’. Walking out of the British Music Embassy, they were the talk of the night and without a doubt, one of our favourite sets from SXSW 2019.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic 

Interview: The Blinders chat all things SXSW, Touring and Columbia

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If you're talking to anyone from the UK at SXSW, they mention The Blinders. The three-piece originally from Doncaster (now based in Manchester) present a form of raw alternative rock that includes doses of Nick Cave, but with their own unique twist. Before they tore up the British Music Embassy as part of SXSW last night, we caught up with Thomas, Charlie and Matt here in Austin.

So, how has Austin been for you guys so far?

Thomas: We’ve not been here so long actually. We just arrived yesterday. We’ve had a chance to sort of look around the streets and it’s quite the place. It’s definitely different from back home. So looking forward to the evening really and seeing where that takes us.
Matt: We don’t come alive until night time.
Thomas: Yeah, we don’t come alive until night time. We're staying at a ranch just outside of town, which is really cool.

That sounds like fun. Will you squeeze in time to check out any of the other artists, or is it straight out business for you guys now?

Thomas: Leisure and pleasure, no, wait…
Matt: We take pleasure in other people’s leisure (laughs).
Thomas: (Laughs) Yeah, I think there are a few artists that we’re already planning on seeing.
Matt: We’re going to go see The Ninth Wave, Anteros, Avalanche Party.
Charlie: Black Midi’s tomorrow.
Thomas: Charlotte OC and definitely Black Midi, and possibly The Black Angels.
Matt: I think we just got the idea for the week to wander around and bump into bands really.

Sounds like a good plan, so you’re just going to see how it all goes?

Thomas: Yeah, we don’t play until Thursday.

So you’ve got time to have a bit of a wander?

Thomas: Yeah, we’ve got some time which is good.

Photo by Kristy Smolcic 

Last year you dropped your debut album Columbia, what was it like putting it together?

Thomas: We sat on a lot of that material for about two or three years, and given it’s a debut album, it’s usually how it goes. So it was quite relieving to put it on wax and getting into the studio and doing that. It also introduced us to the idea of working in a studio, we’re normally a live band so it was a very new thing for us. It was something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

Is it hard to sit on material for that long?

Thomas: Yeah, naturally. I think you tend to perfect your craft by doing so. There were some songs on the album that we wrote in an hour.
Matt: And others that took three years.
Thomas: I think we like to sit on material actually. We’re currently working on album two and we’ve already been sitting on some of that stuff for about six months
Matt: So we’re going to be in the same boat again.
Thomas: (Laughs) yeah, we’re going to be in the same boat once more for album two.

On the album, I thought there were a lot of interesting dystopian references, like on ‘Brave New World’, did you look at books or possibly films when writing it as reference points?

Thomas: Not particularly.
Charlie: Yes and no, I think it was inspired by the time and that sort of influenced whilst I was writing the first album and then I think we used other reference points while in the studio. It was quite a natural process, we sort of married opinions on today’s society and stealing that sort of language, and the two came through quite naturally and it was a happy marriage.

And what would you say are your personal favourites from the album?

Thomas: this is a difficult one, I suppose. What’s your’s, Matt?
Matt: Probably ‘Brutus’, that’s probably the one we had the longest.
Thomas: Yeah, we had that one probably the longest, didn’t we?
Matt: I think we did about seven or eight takes of it, and I’m still not happy with it (Laughs).
Thomas: (Laughs) yeah, there you go.
Matt: But in terms of my favourite set piece of music, that’s my favourite.
Charlie: Maybe, ‘Orbit’, I’ll throw in a different one.
Thomas: ‘Orbit’ is the random one. That was the last piece of the album
Charlie: Yeah, it slid in nicely on the album
Thomas: It was a piece Charlie did and sort of was a stream of consciousness that we then put to the first two chords that came in our head and we had our producer sitting on the piano, and yeah, it was a really beautiful note.

Have you had a chance to play the album a lot since releasing it?

Thomas: Oh yes (Laughs).
Matt: Probably far too much (Laughs).
Thomas: The reception that you get though from doing that really makes it worthwhile and it doesn’t matter if you’re playing the same songs for 25 nights.
Matt: I think the general nature of our shows isn’t like that we’re playing the same show over-and-over, it kinda goes off how the crowd is and it makes every show different and unique.

How about coming to play in Australia, would you be down for that?

Thomas: Oh yeah.
Matt: Definitely.
Thomas: Not looking forward to the flight over there because that is a long way.
Matt: We’ll take a boat.
Thomas: That’s even longer (Laughs). I’m not a good flyer, but absolutely. They say that there’s a lot of stuff going on there but I’m probably quite ignorant to the whole scene apart from the big ones, but yeah, it’s definitely somewhere we would like to go.

Oh yeah, you definitely gotta come visit! So, after SXSW, what have you got planned?

Charlie: We’ve got our own shows to do back in the UK, we’ve got a tour to do from London, Manchester and Glasgow, Birmingham as well. And then I would say our second album would become the focus, and yeah, hopefully doing as much touring as possible.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic (folio

You can catch The Blinders at their remaining showcases at SXSW:
March 15th - Valhalla - 12:00am to 12:40am
March 16th - Beerland - 12:00am to 12:40am

The Blinders will also be touring around the UK and Europe during the below dates:
April 26th - O2 Insistute 2, Birmingham
April 27th - O2 Ritz, Manchester
April 28th - Glasgow, St. Lukes
April 30th - Scala, London
May 7th - MTC, Cologne
May 8th - Molotow, Hamburg
May 9th - Cassiopeia, Berlin
More information on the tour and other live dates is available here

Live Review: SXSW 2019 13.03.19 – ft. Pip Blom, San Mei, The Pinheads & WAAX

Thursday, March 14, 2019

We've made it to the halfway mark of SXSW and the music festival portion of the event is only beginning to heat up! Last night was another big night and we were lucky enough to catch some more incredible music around the streets of Austin.

San Mei at Augustine
Our evening started at San Mei's set at Augustine, and damn, she was good. Performing with her talented band, she enchanted the crowd with her powerful vocals. She gave the crowd a taste of the bewitching tunes from her recent EP Heaven,  including the title-track and the ever-so-delicate 'Two Planets'. San Mei is one of Australia's best talents and we can't wait until the rest of the world catches onto this up-and-coming superstar.

WAAX at Friends 
We decided to add some more Australian flavour to our night and headed over to Friends to see WAAX, who put on a mighty show during their showcase. The room was feeding off of their energy and you could feel it. Towards the end of their set, WAAX's Marie DeVita mentioned that they had more shows coming up with a guy enthusiastically asking 'Where?", and we think it's safe to say that US audiences are probably going to see a whole lot more of them soon.

Pip Blom at Friends
Before the festival started, Pip Blom was one of our top acts to catch at SXSW and they didn’t disappoint. This outstanding four-piece were lively and the passion they have for what they do truly shined through. Despite the fast nature of SXSW, their set eased poise and composure from the band. A notable highlight included their huge hit ‘Daddy Issues’ which was just as amazing live. If they’re not on your radar yet, you better hurry!

The Pinheads at BB Rileys
We rounded our night of showcases at another Australian set, The Pinheads, who were absolutely wild. They may have only had a few sets in Austin, but they made it count and killed it. They know how to bring the fun and are always a winner in our books.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic