Throughout music's rich history, there's been heaps of bands using the feeling of being stuck in a small town to fill their sound with feeling. Stevenage's Bad Breeding are no different. On their debut single 'Age Of Nothing' they bare their teeth and spit bile about "living in a town where nothing really happens, except nothingness itself". It's a barbed, no-holds-barred sonic assault that marks them out as an even angrier, more vicious Eagulls; an aggressive confrontation that’s as darkly exciting as it is terrifyingly in your face.
It's easy, among the likes of Coldplay, Bieber, Kanye, Julian and Gaga, to forget that SXSW is primarily about breaking new bands. That's still the official line here at the festival, and for me personally it still rings true. Although things don't really get into fifth gear until today (Wednesday), yesterday was still heaving with punters, bands and pissheads snaking through the hub of the city while an endless array of acts played 20 minute sets anywhere that would allow them. Best thing I saw? together PANGEA, who I'll mention in a minute. Weirdest thing?
Austin's annual new music showcase SXSW, which kicks off tomorrow, has always been press worthy - last year NME did a Peace cover feature direct from there, no less - but in 2014 it seems even bigger, even more intense. Undoubtedly, a lot of that is down to BA, who've just started direct flights from London to Austin for the first time. This is great news for Brits who love new music - because it's about time the wider world woke up to the genius of the city.
You might remember Bulgarian rapper Dena - this week's Band Of The Week - from her breakthrough video, the cheap and cheerful 'Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools' that touted anti-materialistic ideas long before Lorde's 'Royals'. Now she's following that track with a whole album's worth of homemade beats and observations, 'Flash'. It's not just on clattering hip-hop that she excels though, and to prove it she's recorded us a special acoustic version of her track 'Flashed', with The Whitest Boy Alive's Erlend Oye.
When Fat White Family picked up the Philip Hall Radar Award ay last week's NME Awards, unofficial spokesperson Pete Lyons made a bizarre acceptance speech in which he repeated the band's name over and over as well as stating that the band "might just save America." That theory will be put to the test at SXSW this year with the Brixton troublemakers flying over the Atlantic for this year's BBQ-fuelled industry gathering having finally earning enough money to get them there following a fundraising gig in London this weekend.