Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SXSW 2012 Preview: Team Me

For today's featured SXSW 2012 band, we head back to Scandinavia. Team Me is a band based in Oslo, Norway and they are considered a pop band in their home country. In fact at this year's Norwegian Grammy's, Team Me won the Best Pop Group category. By United States' standards they have far too much live instrumentation to be considered a pop band. Their debut album, To The Treetops!, was just released, by Propeller Recordings, in the U.S. and it is a power-house of fantastic indie-pop tunes. Their melodies soar over lush instrumentation with textural electronic flourishes. If you can imagine members of Mew, MGMT and Passion Pit forming a new band and creating completely original material you might get something like Team Me. However, comparing them to all of those bands takes away from what Team Me is doing on their own and that is not my intent. They are a 6-piece band, with a big sound, fantastic songs and I want you to listen to them. If you can't make it to see them at SXSW you should at least listen to their music on Spotify.

Team Me - Show Me video via YouTube

The only official showcase listed for Team Me at SXSW is on Friday, March 16th. They go on at 10:15pm at The Loft on 6th street. I would expect that they're not going to travel all the way from Norway just to play one show so, keep an eye on Show List Austin, Do512 and SXShhh to find out all of the unofficial showcases and parties where you might find Team Me. I know that they will, definitely, be playing the Filter Magazine Showdown at Cedar Street at noon on Friday, the 16th. You can also just let the folks at RSVPster do all the work and you'll already be on every guest list for the unofficial side of SXSW.

Team Me - Dear Sister video via YouTube