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Goat Girl, Starcrawler & The Britanys storm DIY’s showcase at SXSW

We also brought Public Access TV, Baywaves and Suzi Wu to Austin’s Seven Grand.

Another day, another storming showcase of music’s most exciting new talents at SXSW courtesy of yours truly, DIY.

This time, we descended upon new Austin venue Seven Grand – a truly Texan whiskey bar with a penchant for taxidermy deer – to bring a trailblazing transatlantic menu of the UK and US’s finest to Wednesday night, with a little pinch of Spanish psych thrown in for good measure.

Kicking off the evening, Londoner Suzi Wu is a confident and uncompromising voice. Taking the early promise of breakout single ‘Teenage Witch’ and its attitude-laden opening “Ashes to ashes/ Dust to dust/ The guys are fuckboys/ Girls are sluts”, the rest of her set is similarly brazen. Drawing from the King Krule school of angsty atmospherics and lyrical dexterity, the still-20-year-old singer needs little pomp and ceremony to hit home. It’s sparse, but in the best way, and it leaves Suzi to stand front and centre entirely.

Following on from fellow Madrid natives Hinds and The Parrots, it feels like Baywaves could be the next Spanish band to break through beyond those shores. A woozy take on psych-pop, the quartet tout a very different sound to their garage rock pals, but there’s a similarly laid-back vibe that runs between them. Weaving the kind of shimmering jams that suggest they’ve probably heard a Tame Impala album or two, the likes of ‘Down 4 U’ and recent single ‘Still In Bed’ are a hypnotic treat.

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