SXSW 2013 Spreadsheet 4:
Today’s set features a new Operation Every Band “award”. If we find a band that is under-the-radar, yet really turns our ears, we’re going to designate them a “SXSW 2013 - OEB FRESHMAN FAVORITE”. We determine this as any band with less than 50,000 YouTube views on their top video rated at a “7” or higher. Lo and behold, this set actually has two of them! Highlights:
Cave Painting (9) - For pop songwriters, Cave Painting have an incredible amount of depth to their music, building waves of atmosphere over perfect little melodies.
Cayucas (7) - Musically, “Cayucos” harkens back to the breezy surf rock of the 60s, but still includes that bittersweet indie pop tone that has the hallmark of recent breakouts Best Coast and Givers.
Charlotte Church (7) - Drawing influence from modern sounds of Florence and the Machine and even The xx, Church delivers emotional rhythms and melodies on her new EP ONE.
The Civil Twilight (7) - Their tone is generally dark and driving, building layers of sound while maintaining elements of a traditional rock quartet (guitars, bass, keys, drums).
Cheers Elephant (6) – Philadelphian psychedelic pop band Cheers Elephant presents an eclectic menu on their latest record Like Wind Blows Fire, from lo fi, grungy rock to smothered-out punk as filtered through a Hall and Oates strainer.
Churchill (6) – Judging from their musical offerings online, Churchill has been growing their sound from the ground up the past few years. Luckily, 2012 track “Change” shows an evolution towards a direction that works best for the Colorado outfit: anthemic folk amid strong vocal harmonies (see: Of Monsters and Men).
Cello Fury (5) – Instrumental classical-rock quartet Cello Fury features three cellists and a rock drummer, but their sound has a similar drive to heavy rock music. It’s an interesting mix for sure and would be a welcome palate cleanser in any traditional rock showcase.
Chris Cohen (5) – The light and breezy sounds of songwriter Chris Cohen has a calming and relaxing nature while still pursuing some experimental electronic-based melodies that demand a closer listen.