NME hosted an intimate summer party with Austin, Texas last week, featuring sets from Brit favourites Swim Deep as well as Texas bands Warm Soda and OBN IIIs. Here’s how it went down.
Last Friday (July 20), NME threw a special summer party with Austin, Texas at London Fields Brewery to celebrate the start of festival season and give a select few competition winners the chance to see intimate sets from Austin bands OBN IIIs and Warm Soda and Birmingham headliners Swim Deep.
Austin’s favourite handmade vodka specialists Tito’s provided guests with a vodka and ginger cocktail upon arrival, while there was also a stonebaked pizza stand on offer to serve up pulled pork and barbecue chicken slices to hungry punters.
First on the bill were Austin punks OBN IIIs, who spent their set joking with the crowd and slugging whiskey between playing Parquet Courts-inflected tracks from last year’s ‘No Time to Harm’.
The quartet’s lead guitarist Tom Triplett, pictured right in a red t-shirt, also displayed some impressive axe-shredding tricks, playing the last track of the set with his guitar behind his back.
Here’s one of the competition winners, getting in the spirit of the summer soiree as the sun set on the cheerfully- decorated venue. OBN IIIs even declared that the venue felt “just like being in Austin”.
We told you the pizza looked good, didn’t we?
Second on were fellow Austin-ites Warm Soda, who’ve been touring the UK but stopped off at London Fields to show us how they do it in Texas. Their ramshackle garage rock went down a storm.
Playing tracks from debut ‘Someone For You’ and 2014’s ‘Young Reckless Hearts’, the quartet capably set up the party atmosphere before passing the baton to Swim Deep.
Beaming projections onto the screen behind them and filling the venue with smoke, Swim Deep proved they’ve upped their game from promising newcomers to sonically experimental showmen with a high-octane, 40-minute set.
Fans climbed on each other’s shoulders during their exuberant set, while OBN III’s drummer Marley also climbed up and stage dived during new track ‘Fuieho Boogie’.
The quintet played a host of new tracks taken from their forthcoming as-yet-untitled second record, including synth-heavy track ‘Grand Affection’, which was played live for the first time.
As the group finished their set with recent single ‘To My Brother’, they all dove into drummer Zachary Robinson’s kit in a chaotic, impromptu finale.