Juliette Lewis brings New Romantiques to SXSW

Actress-turned-rocker hits Austin

Juliette Lewis brought her new band, The New Romantiques, to the South By Southwest festival last night (March 18), playing a show at Emo’s at 11:40pm (CST).

Sporting a black dress, gold cape, tights and gloves, the actress-turned-singer was on energetic form for the show, which mainly showcased new songs written by her and band member Chris Watson, set for release on a new album later this year.

“I’m having a debate as to whether turn you on real quick or start you slow,” she questioned shortly into the set, prompting loud cheers.

“You all walked in this room expecting something, right?” Lewis asked later on. “Well that’s a hunger and a need that both you and I have.”

The new songs showcase a more pop-rock direction that Lewis‘ previous work with her old band, The Licks, with new songs ‘U-Huh’ and set-closer ‘Suicide Dive Bobers’ going down well with the crowd.

Before leaving the stage the singer paid tribute to Echo And The Bunnymen, who are due on the same stage later on in the evening, saying, “We get to see Echo And The Bunnymen! How exciting is that?”

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