Danceable Mancs dazzle in the Austin sunshine
Manchester‘s The Whip played their first ever US show at SXSW today (March 12).
The electro-popsters, played a storming lunchtime show at the Fader Fort to a virgin US audience, the first of five shows this week.
The band are out to secure a US release for their debut album ‘X Marks Destination’, which comes out in the UK through Southern Fried later this month.
And despite being new to the continent, the four-piece easily won over the sunkissed crowd with their five-song set.
Frontman Bruce Carter told NME.COM: “That was the first gig we’ve done over here. We’re doing five or six gigs this week. We got in last night, did a radio session this morning, it’s pretty much non-stop for five days.”
But despite the schedule, the band are making the most of their Austin experience. Carter continued: “We’re in the sunshine, we’re drunk already and we’ve only been here a few hours, so onwards and upwards! There’s two gigs tomorrow. It’s good seeing a load of bands from the UK, we’ve just been chatting with Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Simian Mobile Disco… we’re name-dropping now aren’t we?”
But the singer insists that the best is yet to come: “I think the night-time shows will be best. This is a good one to do, but I think for the dancey thing you need people a bit more boozed up. We’re more of a noir act!”
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