Every once in a while I come across tracks like “Breathe”, by UK band Fractions, and I just assume that the band is already big and well-known. Then I check and realise this is only their first single, and their Facebook page only has a few hundreds of likes. It doesn’t make sense. Fractions sound like they’ve been there for a while. They sound like they could have opened for The Cure or played alongside Warpaint and CHVRCHES in a big open air festival. Maybe I’m just really interested in seeing how they sound live, especially because of their alleged “insular working environment“…
I have a good reason for not posting. I spent the last 6 days in Austin, TX (also known as Awesome, TX) seeing concerts, eating nachos and drinking bad beer.
- Top award goes to a beer called Fat Tire. It scored high for having a cool name, but was knocked down to a low score for tasting like its name. I don’t care if it is from Belgium.
And my day to day SXSW report is on the way. I seemed to have left my notes in the office.
I will mention the shiniest gem I heard in Awesome. They are a band from Australia called Decoder Ring.
Its a six piece from Sydney ‘blending analogue synths with indie-rock guitars to create a streamlined electro-rock fusion’. They switch instruments and groove onstage like the Arcade Fire. The lead singer is not only a great ethereal singer, but she is gorgeous. And the band use old film projectors to project short films on to them while they perform.
I checked my right arm while watching them perform ‘Serac‘ and saw goosebumps. Band barometer never lies.
**Interesting thing to note. This band is getting a lot of attention for the scoring work they do. Music for an Aussie-Indie film called ‘Somersault’ by Cate Shortland received not only a standing ovation at Cannes, but won the coveted AFI award.
My advice is to check out the song ‘Fractions‘. Wait for it…. it layers and builds…. layers and builds.