News SXSW: We Are Enfant Terrible Festival Diary

Sun is sunnier, burgers are bigger, lol is loooooler: that’s the way it is in Texas and America. Sun + tattoos + weird drinks + burgers + good shows = SXSWicked!

We were one of the 1,900 bands to play at SXSW this year and we are so hugely proud! We performed at French Bureau Export, Swan Dive and Cheers Up Charlie. The shows were crowded and public gave us really good energy which made us forget the heat and tiredness. And with all the craziness, Cyril got crazy too (as usual) during our shows. Our label, Last Gang Records, had to send an ‘apology to the SXSW gear rental people for breaking a bass drum, drum seat, and a few other things throughout the week’.

In this kind of musical carnival freak show, we also met awesome artists! Here are a little bunch of performances we managed to remember (black holes are a part of a respectable SXSW trip).

Day 1: Our NYC Day

The Death Set - our new electro Punk buddies from NYC, just signed on Ninja Tune. With 3 gigs per day and the best devotion ever for turning every gig into a riot, they deserve the medal of endurance! 

Theophilus London - a great new comer in Classy Cheesy Sexy Old Fashioned (but not so old fashioned) Hip Hop! Even better with the hundred free beers (per person) of the Windish Agency Party!

Day 2: Our Rock’n’Roll Day

The Zoobomns - they are the most savage rock’n’roll band, affected by the recent events in their home country of Japan, playing as if it was the last time, exploding the walls with their wildness.

Queens Of The Stone Age, The Black Angels & Jay Mascis - gig of fame! Do we really have to explain how brilliant it was?

Day 3: Our Day Without An Adjective

!!! - with their contagious groovy insanity, everybody got dancing in the sunset. There are no words to say how perfect the bond between them (the band) and us (the public) was.

The Bewitched Hands - even if we’ve seen them at least a thousand times, our greatest French friends made it perfect, as usual!

Day 4: Our Cheers Up Charlie Stage Day

Too tired to walk around much, we stuck at the place we played. Luckily there was no need to move - the All Stars Music gig was there!

Dan Deacon - drove us crazy and became definitely our fashion geek icon.
Austra - blew up our mind with songs as beautiful as their make-up.
- washed our hearts and eyes

…and there were so many more that we can’t even begin to name.

Day 5: The Day We Died. (Arrrghhh…)

What could we say more to close this chapter than ‘Anything Less Than Extraordinary Is A Waste Of My Time’. We’re ok with that!

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