Concerts

SXSW Song Of The Day: Chastity – Children

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Every year at SXSW, there’s a fairly large contingent of Canadian acts that make the trek to Austin, with major cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver all well represented. But who, you may ask, will rep the suburbs? Chastity, that’s who.

Yes, the Whitby-based band, fronted by Brandon Williams, will be doing the Durham region proud at SouthBy this year, showcasing the tunes off their debut full length Death Lust. “Children” is one of the standout tracks off of that album with its big, pummeling guitar sound bringing to mind the likes of Hum or Smashing Pumpkins. Check out the video below:

SXSW Song Of The Day: Drinking Boys and Girls Choir – Keep Drinking

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“Keep drinking!” It’s not just a phrase that could pass as a motto for partiers at SXSW, where the booze has been known to flow pretty freely, but also the title track from Korean skate-punk trio Drinking Boys And Girls Choir‘s latest album.

Clocking in at just under a minute, the song is practically over before it’s had much of a chance to begin, but in that short amount of time, it manages to make a pretty strong impression, as singer/bassist Meena delivers a few short but sweet lines over the blasting drums and NOFX-style riffing provided by her bandmates.

Keep Drinking is out March 8 on Damnably Records. March 8 is also the day that SXSW begins. Coincidence? I think not.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Tallies – Easy Enough

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Toronto band Tallies make jangly, buoyant dream pop reminiscent of The Cocteau Twins and The Sundays, with singer/guitarist Sarah Cogan’s voice especially bringing to mind that of Sundays’ singer Harriet Wheeler. This is, of course, a very good thing.

The band just released its self-titled debut album this past Friday (via Hand Drawn Dracula) and will soon be heading out on a tour in support of it that culminates in a stop at SXSW in March. In the meantime, the band will be playing a hometown record release show at The Drake on February 1 alongside Sahara and Carmen Elle. Go check that show out if you get a chance and check out the video for “Easy Enough” below:

SXSW Song Of The Day: Be Forest – Bengala

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A forest can be a beautiful place, but venture into the forest late at night and it can also get pretty dark and a bit unsettling. Fittingly, Italian shoegazers Be Forest seem to have found the right mix of beauty and darkness on their upcoming album Knocturne (out February 8 via We Were Never Being Boring).

Lead single “Bengala” is a perfect example of this, mixing a dark, moody tone with a bit of lightness. The band themselves have described the track as “The spotlight that lights up the stage after the curtains open; a celestial body which at the moment of its impact allows us to glimpse our surroundings — it’s the brightest point, the north of the compass.”

Come this March, Be Forest’s compass will be pointing South By Southwest as the band heads to Austin to play a show (or several) during the week. Check out “Bengala” below: