A music blog from Ireland.
I’d a lovely seat-hop-squeal moment this afternoon. And So I Watch You From Afar will be setting their guitars to kill Austin, Texas, at the South By South West festival next March. They’re not the only ones either; Fighting With Wire make their return while Autumn Owls, Halves and So Cow have also been summoned to represent Ireland in the least-embarrassing showcase in the world. Past selections certainly didn’t harm Channel One, Fight Like Apes or The Redneck Manifesto.
From what I’ve heard, the bands can expect to find themselves on the Sunset Strip of the South, a long dusty string of venues crammed full of industry-aficionados, journalists, photographers and of course, fellow musicians, all dying to hear what they have to offer. With over 200 making the final cut, the full list of bands is whopper to say the least. SXSW always mixes its billings to include the freshest new sounds with exciting headline acts and 2010 is no exception; Acid Mothers Temple and Mariachi El Bronx will bring the exotic sounds, along with the odd accents of Frightened Rabbit, Scanners and The Boxer Rebellion. So far, so good: let’s skip The View.