This week we’ve been attending the world-famous SXSW festival, hunting down the latest new artists that tickle our fancy. We’ve got two tracks below that were showcasing during the event, and also two more that we just really loved. As always, click the picks for a listen!
Chubby and the Gang – Speed Kills
Album-titled track Speed Kills from London’s loudest breakout band encapsulates a raucous energy, driven guitars, and a frantic pace that all comes together in a beautiful way. The frank and often comedic lyrics help provide that element of fun on top of its bold and heavy sound, tailoring breakdowns perfectly and building them back up without mercy. Showcasing their talents at this year’s online SXSW, angst-laden punk is back and Chubby and the Gang are leading the way.
STAV. – Walk A Little Further
Bilingual folk-pop artist STAV. creates beautiful floating soundscapes against persuasive melodies and structures on track, Walk A Little Further. Receiving play on Australia’s Triple J, the track encapsulates STAV’s settled yet addictive flow and fine vocal performances that manage to feel both warm and commanding at the same time. One to watch out for.
The Howlers – I Don’t Love You All The Time
London rockers The Howlers really show us what they’re all about in the hard-hitting and fuzzy rock song, I Don’t Love You All The Time. With a mix of psyche-rock, blues, and big beats, the band float around a settled sound before the massive chorus hits like a freight train. A tribute to love and loss in the modern time, it’s a track we can all relate to with the troubles the world has been going through over the last year.
The Chairs – Dreaming With You
Another one from SXSW, Taiwanese band The Chairs have a sweet and seductive sound that’s charmingly retro with a subtle, soulful twist. Dreaming With You is a good introduction to the band with dreamy soundscapes and settled guitar gently sweeping through your mind against sultry vocals and a light and airy flow. The guitar work is subtle yet sublime and helps move the track forward in an interesting way.