Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SXSW Preview: Solids

I'm sticking with the Canadian band theme today. I didn't know Solids were from Canada when I fell in love with their record. That seems to be a recurring theme in my life. If you're looking for a visceral rock experience then you need to pick up the band's album Blame Confusion and proceed to pogo in your living room. It's like unearthing an early 90's college rock record that would fit perfectly in a set with Yo La Tengo or Dinosaur Jr.

I have yet to see Solids in-person but I am particularly excited for that opportunity. The amount of energy they managed to commit to tape for their recordings is incredible and I have a feeling it's going to be all the more impressive in a live setting.

Solids - Haze Away video via YouTube

I feel like I don't really have a gage for how much buzz this band has because I'm so enamored with them myself. In my mind, they are one of the most sought-after acts of the festival but upon further inspection it looks like they have two unofficial gigs and one official gig.

Solids' official showcase is at Maggie Mae's on Thursday the 13th. The band goes on at midnight, right after No Joy as part of the M for Montreal showcase. I'm kind of surprised that they're not playing a Fat Possum showcase but for all I know, that's not a thing.

The unofficial events where you'll find Solids are both seriously kick-ass. Thursday during the day they play The Midgetmen's Jumpstart Texas at Side Bar. Their set at Side Bar will be followed by sets from Speedy Ortiz and Diarrhea Planet so, yeah this party is worth looking into. Click the link to RSVP.

The only other shot at catching Solids during SXSW 2014 is the Exploding in Sound Records party on Friday up at Hole in the Wall. This party is north of downtown so, you'll kind of have to commit to it for several hours but there are lots of great bands on the bill. Check here for the full line-up.

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