Song of the Day

SXSW Song Of The Day: Low Girl – So Cool

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With SXSW now just a few weeks away, the announcements keep on coming and today sees the announcement revealing which acts will be playing this year’s British Music Embassy, taking place this year at Cedar Street Courtyard. Alongside notables such as We Were Promised Jetpacks, Los Bitchos, Wet Leg and Yard Act, one act that jumped out to me was Hemel Hempstead-based alt-pop band Low Girl.

Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Sarah Cosgrove, Low Girl is set to release their sophomore EP in February 2022. Check out the video for lead single “So Cool” below.

Low Girl play the British Music Embassy @ Cedar Street Courtyard on Wednesday, Mar 16.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Band Of Bastards – Holy Roller

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Anyone who’s ever seen …And You WIll Know Us By The Trail Of Dead live can attest to that fact that Jason Reece can get rather intense. So it’s not too much of a surprise to see that Reece’s latest project Band Of Bastards is a straight up old school hardcore band.

The band’s bio describes them as “fast, loud and righteously pissed” and all of those characteristics come through loud and clear in their video for “Holy Roller.” Check it out.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Elephant Gym – Midway

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While this year sees the return of SXSW as an in-person event, with bands from around the world converging on Austin to try and make a name for themselves and garner a few new fans, it seems that won’t quite be the case for everyone. For obvious reasons, and following last year’s pivot to a fully online format, the annual festival and conference is planning to move forward this year as a hybrid event with stuff happening both online and in person.

As this week’s latest music announcment would seem to indicate, that means that some acts are scheduled to play online-exclusive performances only. Among those acts is the intriguingly named Elephant Gym, a Taiwanese band whose jazzy math rock sound is something we’re looking forward to hearing and seeing in action this March, even if it won’t be live and in person.

Will the hybrid format stick around for future editions of SXSW? That remains to be seen, but for now, it’s a good addition to the festival’s programming. And seeing as how Taiwan’s offerings for SXSW 2021 were among some of the most memorable of last year’s edition, Elephant Gym’s performance certainly seems like it will be one worth checking out.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Wet Leg – Wet Dream

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Today saw the announcement of the latest round of artists playing this year’s edition of SXSW and among the notable names is the Isle of Wight-based duo of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, better known as Wet Leg.

The band has been getting a fair bit of buzz since releasing their debut single “Chaise Longue” last year and the singles that followed have been just as enticing. And from what I’ve seen from Wet Leg so far, they seem like they’d be a lot of fun live. I imagine the lobster claw mitts are not included with the live show, however.

Wet Leg’s self-titled debut album is due out on April 8 via Domino Records. Check out the video for “Wet Dream” below.