5th March 2020 Artist Profile »
** FPR HEADS TO SXSW...NOT **
** PANDA TEXAS FEVER HITS AUSTIN ON 20.03.20!**
SOOOOO ON THE NIGHT OF MARCH 6TH, AT AROUND 1.30AM U.S. TIME, THE NEWS BROKE THAT THE FIZZING CORONAVIRUS HAD STRUCK AT THE HEART OF SXSW 20 - LEASTWAYS ENOUGH FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO CANCEL THE FESTIVAL.
CAN'T BE HELPED BUT WE'RE OBVIOUSLY GUTTED, AS ARE ALL THE BANDS. WE HAD A DAMN GOOD LINE-UP SET TO PLAY OUR FIRST EVER SXSW SHOWCASE AND WE'D WRITTEN A DARNED FINE PRESS RELEASE, AS PER THE WORDS BELOW.
REMEMBER IT THIS WAY...
Thrilling news, international people of pop! The record company known as fierce panda is heading forth with bands a’plenty to the chewy lands of Austin. On March 20th 2020 the cheery li’l British indie label, which has just turned 26 melody-blamming years old, is hosting its first ever official showcase at the urban musical behemoth that is SXSW. Feeling some kinda Texas fever? You betcha. Here are the reet petite deets…
FRIDAY MARCH 20TH 2020
(700 E 6th St, TX 78701, USA)
Doors 7.00pm | Bands 8.00pm – 2.00am
SOFTER STILL: this swoony alt.pop trio is from Surrey, England and come to us via sister label Label Fandango. Their ‘Nuances’ album showed a band in thrall to the enthralling dreampop of the mid-‘80s and new single ‘Strength To Strength’ follows a similarly slinky trajectory.
ITALIA 90: a four-piece outfit from the fertile DIY districts of South London, Italia 90 has been rattling cages with the politicopunk of their third EP, ‘EP III’. The live show sees a skinhead frontman called Les Miserable barking anti-establishment slogans over a dynamic, driving sonic palaver but they’re sweethearts at heart.
MOON PANDA: the newest arrival to the fierce panda fold is Moon Panda, a Danish / American outfit who make “dreamy space pop for dreamy space people”. Their ‘Rick F***in Dalton’ single came out on March 6th and suitably beguiles with a blend of breathless vocals and sensuous twangings.
CHINA BEARS: epic indie dreamers China Bears continue their support of their sumptuous ‘I’ve Never Met Anyone Like You’ EP with their gently relentless gigging schedule. Expect hints of old school emo with loud / quiet / even quieter dynamics and a headful of melodic dreams.
JEKYLL: Blackpool alt.rockers JEKYLL released their new single ‘The Escapist’ on February 28th and the track appears on their second EP, ‘The Whispering Gallery’, which arrives on March 13th, just in time for their SXSW trip. The distant thunderous sound of Muse with a bendy shoegazing undercurrent? Perhaps…