Welsh Bands at South by Southwest – 2009South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of interactive, film, and music festivals and conferences that take place every spring in Austin, Texas. Originating as the Austin Battle of the Bands, SXSW officially began in 1987 and is centered on the downtown Austin Convention Center. Each of the three parts run relatively independently, with different start and end dates.SXSW is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with more than 1,400 performers playing dozens of venues around Austin over four days, in March.The 2009 festival will be held March 13-22. The full band and event line-up is yet to be announced, but confirmed as of last week 7 Welsh bands and one Chicago based sort of Welsh band will be performing at the fest.
Radio Luxembourg From Wild West Wales's seaside town of Aberystwyth come the psychedelic pop outfit Radio Luxembourg — a five-piece band of oddballs steeped in the tradition of 90s Welsh bands, following in the footsteps of Gorkys Zygotic Mynci, SFA and Murry The Hump.Their reputation for being an exciting live band along with their catchy tunes are generating a lot of buzz throughout Wales, winning them much media acclaim.For more info, visit their website at: www.myspace.com/radiolux
Future of the Left Future of the Left is an alternative rock supergroup based in Cardiff, Wales. It consists of singer/guitarist Andy "Falco" Falkous and drummer Jack Egglestone, both previously of Cardiff band Mclusky, alongside singer/bassist Kelson Mathias, formerly of the Ammanford-based group Jarcrew.For more info, visit their website at: www.futureoftheleft.com
Amy Wadge Although born in the village of Backwell near Bristol, Amy Wadge has been a resident of Wales since she began studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.Her recording career goes back further, though. Aged just 14, she was half of the girl group Two Of A Mind, whose cover of The Great Pretender reached the heady heights of number 75.True success began to come from January 2001, following the release of her debut single Saddest Eyes on the FF Vinyl label. She'd spent most of the previous year on the road, and was by this time making regular TV and radio appearances.Amy has toured the length and breadth of the UK and playing at many of the UK's prestigeous festivals including Cropredy, Hay on Wye Literary Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and Glastonbury. She has also toured in Asia, Russia, Europe and the States.For more info, visit their website at: www.amywadge.com
Polly Mackey & The Pleasure Principle This Wrexham native is just 17 but has already been tipped to make it big in 2009... This showcase gig at SXSW in Texas in March should be all it takes to get some serious label interest. Hopefully we should be hearing a lot more from her in the future.For more info, visit their website at: www.myspace.com/pollymackey
The Toy Horses Formed in Wales in late 2007, this Indie/pop/rock band is one to look out for at the fest.For more info, visit their website at: www.toyhorsesmusic.com
Inner City Pirates Hailing from Barry in South Wales, Innercity Pirates were formely known as My Red Cell and signed to V2 Records. After subsequently reaching the end of their contract agreement with V2, My Red Cell renamed and re-branded to form Innercity Pirates.Writing new material and performing live on a regular basis, they are slowly (but surely) persuing their way up the proverbial ladder that is the ‘scale of recognition’ with the release of three EPs and their own ‘Pirates Night’ at Clwb ifor Bach in Cardiff.For more info, visit their website at: www.myspace.com/innercitypirates
Scotland Yard Gospel Choir Neither Scottish nor a Gospel Choir. With Welsh-born Elia as the ringleader, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir is a free-spirited collective of musical visionaries who turn out exuberant and rough-hewn chamber pop. Among the talent that performs and/or records with the Choir includes core players like Ellen O’Hayer (the band’s cellist and vocalist who moonlights in Bright Eyes’ touring band,) bassist and recording engineer Mark Yoshizumi, drummer Jay Santana, violin player Ethan Adelsman and Sam Johnson of Mucca Pazza and Head of Femur on trumpet. The extended Scotland Yard family is comprised of a who’s-who of the Chicago underground music community, boasting the likes of Sally Timms, Nora O’Connor and Kelly Hogan, who sing backup on the album, and Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley), Matt Priest and Megan O’Conner (Canasta), and Brett Whitacre (Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers).For more info, visit their website at: www.myspace.com/scotlandyardgospelchoir