South By Southwest is a wonderful place where Foo Fighters play on the patio of a bar and Kvelertak play five shows in three days and we see them all by dumb luck. While the big picture says SXSW is about bands for radio, the underground says it’s all about metal. That’s why the pizza shop on 6th St is called Hoek’s Death Metal Pizza and has a dozen metal bands playing in its backyard every day. There are also some excellent bands flying over to Austin from the UK. Here’s a rundown of the seven that we could find.
Vales – Facebook // Future Hits // EP review
Having just finished recording their debut album in Los Angeles, this Cornish hardcore quartet is sure to turn some heads. They’re playing March Madness along with Loma Prieta, Single Mothers and Whirr among about 100 others. It’s one hell of a line-up. Get your ears ripped off by listening to Clarity from 2012.
Orange Goblin – Facebook // Album review
These London veterans are on tour with Clutch across the US, stopping off with their prime rib stoner rock in Austin to piledrive the Scoot Inn on a wicked bill that boasts Black Breath, Baptists and Ancient VVisdom as well. They’ve worked their way up to this level over the years and deserve everything they get.
Goodtime Boys // Facebook // Future Hits
Another member of the #UKSwell scene, this Welsh band has toured with most of our favourites from the UK hardcore underground and are now signed to the mighty Bridge Nine Records in the US. They’re also playing that show with Vales. It’s only $10.
Hawk Eyes – Facebook // Interview
Hawk Eyes released Thrash Hits’ 15th favourite album of 2012. Is that not praise enough? Well you can listen to their arty post hardcore punk rock. Yeah, if they were a pigeon, they’d be flying around a lot. Kept on the bird theme, there. Great.
Heaven’s Basement – Facebook
Signed to Red Bull Records, Heaven’s Basement have got every single opportunity to become the UK’s biggest sleazy rock ‘n’ roll band. There aren’t many young bands out there doing it better than this lot. They obviously missed the boat in soundtracking Bum Gardener jumping out of a rocket, and they didn’t send us any of their hot sauce, but if there are loads more opportunities. If the Red Bull machine can get Twin Atlantic up to the level they’re at, they can definitely do it for Heaven’s Basement.
Young Guns – Facebook
Last and absolutely not least are Young Guns. We’ve featured the London quartet in less-than-favourable terms in the past, but they’re a British rock band and they’ve got the biggest chance of being successful on other shores. ‘Bones’ is a massive reason why. 120k fans on Facebook is another.