whigs.jpgOooo weee…back home in L.A., and as expected, SXSW, and Austin in general, did not disappoint. The four days and nights of music, old (and new) friends, bbq and beer, coupled with agreeable weather, made for another excellent SXSW experience. I’ll be posting more detailed thoughts from the festival throughout the week, but in the meantime here are some notes I had jotted down about Thursday’s events in Austin.

Back in Austin. It took about an hour to regain my bearings after being away for a year but, as expected, everything came back in a flash: where to get the best burritos, where to find a (working) ATM, foot-traffic shortcuts, and where to find the coldest, free beer. One thing I still have yet to master is the taxi situation. 1.5 hour wait? C’mmmon.

Today was full on. We started off at mas manitos (sp?) for an amazing lunch consisting of tacos and some of the best guac I have had since my last trp to Sante Fe, NM. For real. After lunch it was on to the the Live Daily, Spaceland party at Antones. Despite a few technical glitches (and a super short Blonde Redhead set) a good time was had by all. Other day party goodness consisted of Team Clermont’s shindig (Gruff Rhys, Au Revoir Simone, etc), Rahapsody’s throwdown (Peter, Bjorn & John, Robyn Hitchcock w/ Peter Buck, etc.), followed up by The Whigs domination at the Fader party. Look for my review of that on the Live Daily site.

While their debut album hinted at greatness, seeing Southern-tinged indie-rockers The Whigs full-throttle at a string of capacity SXSW shows made it apparent that they very well may be rock and roll’s next great white hope.

Riding the underground success of their self-released “Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip,” The Whigs hit the Fader party with a vengeance Thursday (3/15), blowing headlining act Sloan right off the stage. All guitars, sweat and grit, vocalist Parker Gispert maneuvers like a 21st century Mark E. Smith crossed with a young Stephen Malkmus.

Look for the band’s self-released album, “Give ’em All A Big Fat Lip,” which has since been re-released by their new home: ATO Records.
Tonight was spent at Secretly Canadian’s showcase which was packed…and for good reason: David Vandervelde, Richard Swift, Bishop Allen, Frida Hyvoven and Okkervil River.

The Whigs :: Technology
Amazon: The Whigs – Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip

6 Responses to “SXSW :: The Whigs (Thursday)”

  1. I believe you are referring to Las Manitas, the soon-to-be closed restaurant on Congress. All in the name of progress…

  2. This is probably a dumb question: who’s the picture?

  3. Yes! Las Maitas it was! Delish.

    Pic is of The Whigs Parker Gispert.

  4. […] E. Aquarium Drunkard is happy to be back in LA but loved SXSW HERE. And more updates HERE. […]

  5. And for more great Whigs-ness, you can listen to my interview with them from right before South by Southwest.

    Click here for the post with the podcast link.

    You can click on the podcast link to stream it. The interview starts about halfway through this 3-hour show. They laid down a ferocious show in Chapel Hill two nights later, so they are the real deal.

  6. My contest submission for the Dean & Britta Back Numbers contest, being my favorite Luna song would be Bewitched because of its Hypnotic, atmospheric moodiess, which reminds me of the time I saw the band live as a first date with a girl I was trying to impress — and it worked. Besides I think Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison is on it and that makes all the more significant.

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