SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 40:
Nice mix from this better than average set. Highlights:
Three Blind Wolves (8): Like Wilco at a dive bar, Three Blind Wolves delves into different pools of pop music, from the 60’s surf rock of “Hopeless Romantic” to the emotionally rowdy “Echo on the Night Train”.
Treetop Flyers (8): This London folk-rock outfit (emphasis on the “rock”) exudes a positive energy on stage through solid instrumentation and the vocals that resembles a poppier version of Widespread Panic’s John Bell.
This Will Destroy You (7): Creating layers of noise, This Will Destroy You’s sound goes from a whisper to a roar over the course of long and patient jams.
Two Cow Garage (6): Another band that sounds like “the best bar band in the world” at times, Ohio’s Two Cow Garage combines alt country and heavy-ish rock with whiskey soaked vocals.
Tilly and the Wall (5): Tilly and the Wall are a shiny and punk-infused indie pop band from Omaha driving a ton of energy in their music. Oh, and they have tap dancers.
Torreblanca (5): I don’t speak Spanish, but I have the feeling that Torreblanca, a piano-driven indie pop band from Mexico City, are strong storytellers purely based on their engaging melodies.