Nordic Spotlight’s Pete Schwinge (PS) and Michelle Rae Anderson (MRA) traveled from the East Coast and the West Coast (respectively) to meet in that giant state in the middle: Texas. Why? To experience as much Nordic music as possible at the music festival South by Southwest.
Bloody Beach (NO)
After a blistering set at their Official Showcase @ BD Rileys. We caught up with the guys in a dark back alley to learn how much they like American Triple Cheeseburgers. Unfortunately we had our bad camera with us. — PS
The Foreign Resort (DK)
Of all 20+ bands I saw playing their hearts out at SXSW 2012 (including twelve Nordic bands) it is the Danish band The Foreign Resort that I wanted to see the most. I missed their gigs at last year’s SXSW and since then had solidly fallen in love with the music from their self-titled EP “The Foreign Resort,” especially Heart Beats Down (about which singer Mikkel said “That’s a chick song…all the girls like that song…” and to which I replied, “Well, I am a chick…”) and shoe-gaze anthem Orange Glow.
As great as the mp3 translation of the music of TFR, the live version is infinitely better because only then can you experience the the pitch-perfect energy they pour into their instruments. — MRA
Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur played for a mesmerized audience of about 75 dedicated people earnestly listening to a few heart-felt songs performed by the man voted Best Male Singer at the 2007 Danish Music Awards. Some in the audience sang along with Teitur, but most only swayed to the melody and sought to ignore the noise of rest of the world (i.e., the hundreds of other musicians performing in the same vicinity at the exact same time).
Despite the invasive audio (which at SXSW Music you must learn to tune out) Teitur’s show was brilliant and sweet and elegant. His fourth album Let The Dog Drive Home (out in the U.S. soon!) is inspired by his experiences in America. Take a listen to the title track and you’ll soon count yourself a Teitur fan. — MRA
I Got You On Tape (DK)
Indie jazz-rock heavyweights I Got You On Tape played a wall-shaking, foot-tapping rock-and-roll show for a packed midnight audience of enthusiastic fans of the Danish band. Several fellow Nordic musicians attended this show (including members of The Foreign Resort, Teitur and The Migrant) which proves that IGYOT is a band that bands want to see…and that says a lot, doesn’t it? Check out their single Run From the Rain, a catchy tune that (IMHO) encapsulates that unique IGYOT sound. — MRA