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.
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.
February 9th, 2011
You may have seen our article harping on about being a partner on Foursquare. It’s good. It’s already shown us that we go to the Crobar too often but because of that, we did our first Heavy Metal Tourism guide to London and we based it all on this fair city’s watering holes.
Next up? You’ve done drinking, so now it’s time to go see some bands. We’re not going to tell you to go to Brixton Academy or Wembley Arena. That’s obvious. You know that stuff already. The smaller places, however, might be news to you so here are a bunch of awesome pubs and bars in London which also have bands playing. You can also get drunk in them, FYI.