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.
Few bands accomplish in their entire exist all that VALES have achieved in just over a year. Formed during the month of March 2011 in Cornwall, England, VALES (formerly known as Veils) are a fierce foursome that have quickly proven their musical prowess. Their unique sound teeters between angst-filled screamo and aggressive hardcore, all the while conveying a deep passion for what they are creating.
Many bands would be content with two impressive releases under their belts in their first year Read more on Last.fm
Vales on Thrash Hits
November 7th, 2012
Thrash Hits verdict: Being long-time fans of Hang The Bastard (we’ve still got a serious soft spot for their Raw Sorcery EP – yeah, we’re those pricks who say “we prefer the earlier stuff”), when we got an email from their former frontman, Chris Barling, about the new band he’s formed with various ex- and current members of Centurions Ghost and A Long Time Dead, yeah, our interest was piqued. It was doubly-piqued when we gave the band’s debut release – a self-titled EP – a spin. Cue us bundling up some Future Hits questions and firing them over to Chris to get the lowdown on MINE.
July 10th, 2012
Oh man. It wasn’t a tough decision to head down to the Old Blue Last for Kerouac’s final show, but it sure as Hell was a difficult proposition to review it afterwards and convey even a fraction of how it felt on the night. Hugh Platt handles the words; Ben Gibson is our man with the camera.
Six things we learned when we saw Kerouac’s last EVER show:
January 19th, 2012
Tangled Talk Records
30 January 2012
by Alex Andrews
From the front cover of Clarity, a deer stares out of a black and white photograph, amidst a desolate, snow covered landscape. It’s a mood that’s mirrored by the eerie guitar that ushers in the EP’s opener and one that hangs in the air, right up until a trail of ringing feedback marks the end of ‘Surrender (Clarity)’.
December 19th, 2011
We reckon we’re pretty good at finding new bands. Over the past few years we’ve championed Turbowolf, Bastions, Wolves Like Us and loads more before the rest cottoned on. That’s why you probably want to know what new bands we liked the most in 2011.
Maybe some of them will go on to become your favourite band of 2012. Maybe you already love them and this just reinforces the fact that you’re awesome. (If so, come and join us.) Just give the bands a listen. They’re worth it.