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Coming To America: Liverpool Bands Set To Storm SXSW 2009!

Published: Thu February 26, 2009  News Feed

South by Southwest is one of the most important events of the year for the music industry, and this year Liverpool bands are expected to, once again, take the event by storm!

The Hot Melts

The Hot Melts: hottly-tipped for SXSW 2009!

South by Southwest (SXSW) is still the party all new bands want to be invited to.

The music industry decamps to Austin, Texas every March - and the people who will be rocking our world for the next year are picked out and pointed at. SXSW alumni include Amy Winehouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kings Of Leon and, with more relevance for us in Liverpool - The Wombats, The Sonic Hearts and The Rascals. And Liverpool is part of the process again, this year too.

It's an exciting time, as Hot Melt Jack Prince tells us: "We can't wait - we recorded our (forthcoming) debut album in Chicago and it's great to be going back to America to play live this time. We've been told to expect nothing and that anything that comes our way out there is a bonus," says Prince. "But NME are going to feature us going out there and we'll just see what happens."

Some of the best up-and-coming Liverpool bands have been selected to play at the festival: The Hot Melts, Wave Machines and Dirtblonde, as well as singer-songwriter Polly Mackey, folk duo The Lost Brothers and Mike Badger, the elusive founding member of The La's.

But, back to SXSW, what chance do Liverpool's best new groups have out there? Sound City head Dave Pichilingi, who helps organise the Liverpool contingent, says: "We've been taking Liverpool bands to SXSW - under the Sound City banner - for the last four years. We've been really successful too - The Wombats even signed their first record deal at SXSW."

"Wave Machines are amazing," enthuses Pichilingi. "A very artistic band with fantastic songs. And not a typical Liverpool band." What about The Hot Melts? "They're playing with us too.Their sound lends itself to America and we're really excited about them. We're also taking The Lost Brothers over - they're like the bastard band of 747s and The Basement. And we're also taking 17-year-old Polly Mackey over too. Her and her band The Pleasure Principle will open for us... she's very good and has had lots of industry interest."

Dirtblonde

Dirtblonde: the outsiders of the Liverpool scene are also generating a buzz

Curiously, Dirtblonde are the only Liverpool act who've not been picked up by Liverpool Sound City and are doing SXSW on their own, confirming their status as the punk-rock outsiders of the local music scene. However, it seems that their abrasive "Sid & Nancy-meet-Bonnie 'n ' Clyde fed through a fuzz box" sound (as described by the BBC) has appealed to American ears more than any of the other Liverpool acts! They're supporting Enter Shikari and Hot Leg (The Darkness' Justin Hawkins new  band),  at one of the festival's key venues, Emo's Annex.

Dirtblonde are also DJing at the Alternative Press VIP Party, usually one of the best and most popular SXSW parties. Does It Offend You, Yeah? took over the DJ duties last year, so it seems the future is promising for Dirtblonde, too!

Dolphin Music wishes all the best luck to all the Liverpool acts playing SXSW 2009 - confirming once again this city's status as one of the hottest places for music in the UK!

The Liverpool Calling club night is hosting a pre-South By Southwest party at the Leaf Cafe in Liverpool, on Wednesday 11th March, with Dirtblonde and other acts.

Watch SXSW videos:

The Hot Melts

Dirtblonde

 Wave Machines

 

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