It’s Saturday night! Nordic Spotlight’s Pete Schwinge and Michelle Rae Anderson cover some really amazing Nordic music at SXSW 2012. We’re exhausted and our feet hurt, but it was all worth it!
The last day of performances from Nordic bands at SXSW Music 2012 as reviewed by Pete Schwinge (PS) and Michelle Rae Anderson (MRA):
The Foreign Resort (DK)
Earlier this year The Foreign Resort teamed up with Anna Bouchard from the Houston, TX band, Drowner to record a cover version of Stevie Nicks, “Stand Back.” The two had never actually met in person as TFR recorded their parts in Copenhagen, while Anna recorded her vocals in Houston. Pretty cool, eh? Well they finally got to meet in person for the first time at SXSW and they thought hey, why not perform it live? With no rehearsals set aside, Anna jumped on stage and joined The Foreign Resort for this spur-of-the-moment magic. And we were lucky enough to be there to witness it! – PS
Mirel Wagner (FI)
Mirel Wagner was one busy lady during SXSW with six shows demonstrating her amazing bluesy-folk sound. She has a brand new album out on Friendly Fire Recordings. If you happened to miss her here’s a little sample for ya! – PS
Thee Attacks (DK)
I was literally dancing my way to the stage from the bar when I took the picture above, pulled through the crowd by the sexy, mod-rock beats of Denmark’s Thee Attacks. I saw this hot band at SXSW last year (BONUS: My video of Thee Attacks performing E to A at SXSW 2010) and seeing them again only reinforced what I already knew: They sound like rock stars, they look like rock stars, so ladies and germs: Thee Attacks are Rock Stars
Behold the smoldering talent of Thee Attacks in their official video for Love in Disguise from their 2010 album That’s Mister Attacks To You. – MRA
When Fallulah’s powerhouse of vocal vibrato embraced their lush bluegrass-pop (yes there’s such a thing) melodies, every single male of Scandinavian heritage in downtown Austin managed to squeeze themselves inside the performance space to sway under the sound’s spell and clap like a madman after each song.
Then Fallulah performed a cover of Gold Lions.
I wonder how many babies were conceived that night? – MRA