And so it’s over for another year. SXSW 2015 was every bit the spectacle of meat, music and mayhem it is every year, with tonnes of new bands announcing themselves as serious ones-to-watch at the Austin festival. Here’s some of our snappers’ best shots from a whirlwind week in Texas…
Here’s twisted garage delinquents New Orleans’ Babes, who apparently met in 2009 at a “gay superbowl party.” There was nudity. Lots of nudity.
One of the more established acts at the Austin festival, Run The Jewels were in ferocious form as usual, bringing the gargantuan hip-hop of their recent ‘RTJ2’ album to SXSW in style. Rumours MIA Rage frontman Zack De La Rocha would be making a guest appearance with the pair turned out to be untrue. Luckily Mike and El are adept at bringing the noise all by themselves, thankyouverymuch.
Say hello to scuzzy shredders OBN IIIs. The five-piece, whose deliciously dirty ‘Third Time to Harm’ caught our attention last year, hail from Austin so didn’t have far to travel. Judging from these pictures they probably still had trouble making it home.
…see what we mean? Chaos. Glorious, glorious, debauched chaos. OBN IIIs, we salute you.
Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag were another highlight, blowing away this crowd with their snarly, punky power-pop.
Straight outta Louisville, White Reaper have got some good lunges to go along with their fast Ramonesy punk.
Sunflower Bean are from New York but sound like they hail from Australian psych hot bed Perth. As if their love for all things trippy and riffy wasn’t obvious, they even have a song called ‘Tame Impala’. Check ’em out.
…and here they are in action, the majestic Sunflower Bean.
There must be something in the water in Madrid ‘cos garage-surf trio The Parrots have every bit the manic charm of their compatriots Hinds.
Chicago’s Modern Vices make “dirty doo-wop”, as they call it. Like The Orwells, they pack a pretty hefty punch caught live. Fans of wild garage-rock, look alive.
This is the part where we make a shit joke about Modern Vices “making a splash” at SXSW, isn’t it?
Swoonsome Virginia songwriter Matthew E White doing his thang.
Hippo Campus: killer tunes, killer tracksuits.
There’s that Hinds crew, taking a moment to chill between much-hyped shows.
Hinds in action. One of the most-anticipated bands of the week, and they didn’t let down.
Two bits of good news, guys – bucket hats are back and Glasgow’s Hector Bizerk are awesome.
Get a room, Happiness.
Dublin’s Girl Band blew Austin away as expected with their monstrous post-punk noise assault. Can’t wait for their debut album, expected later this year.
Run the Jewels love rising Atlanta star Scotty ATL. If it’s good enough for Killer Mike, it’s good enough for us.
Seratones killin’ it.
NY marvels Public Access TV were also out in force.
Here’s none-more-stylish XL duo Ibeyi in a moment of calm.
Did anyone say super-group? Ultimate Painting, aka Mazes’ Jack Cooper and Veronica Falls’ James Hoare, caught live.