Going into SXSW I was prepared for a lot of awesome surprises and a lot of familiar favorites. My first of the awesome surprises category actually came during my own showcase (when you book a party with three other parties involved you don't get say in every band - but that can actually work out great because you get to see all kinds of new stuff from people whose opinions you trust), which was Norwegian group The Megaphonic Thrift. They've been generating buzz for a while, but sometimes seeing something live is what really clicks it all together for me. If you like Sonic Youth or A Place To Bury Strangers these guys are right up your alley - loud and awesome.
On that note, literally every other band I heard this year at SXSW was some kind 90s throwback which was a pretty pleasing turn of events for me to say the least (I like my twee preciousness, folky granola and electro synthesized everything as much as the next indie blogger but sometimes I just want to rock the fuck ouuuuuuuut).
The Megaphonic Thrift - Candy Sin
Their new album, Decay Decoy is out now - check out this video below for new track Talks Like A Weed King: