by Bill Pearis
White Wires @ SXSW
I think the single best SXSW 2010 performance by a band I hadn't seen before had to have been Canadians The White Wires, who I caught at the Trouble in Mind party at the Longbranch Inn (my vote for Worst Bathroom at SXSW 2010). The Ottawa trio ripped it up with a short, sharp set of hook-laden rock n' roll that reminded me a lot of late '70s new wave -- think the Nerves, Rezillos or even Tom Petty. Despite being mid-afternoon, they had the crowd dancing and left me wanting more. Seriously awesome.
This week, there's finally more. On their way down to this year's Atlanta Mess-Around (April 23-25), The White Wires are stopping at Cake Shop on Thursday (4/22) where they'll play alongside Alabama's also-good Thomas Function and locals We Are Country Mice. The show is put on by Daed Pizza which is a new label/party night from the Cake Shop/Bruar Falls folks. It's White Wires' only NYC performance, so don't miss it.
There are three White Wires MP3 to download above: "Ha Ha Holiday" from their debut LP which came out last year on Douchemaster Records; "Pretty Girl," the killer A-side to their single on 7"-only label Trouble in Mind; and "Did You Forget My Name" from their upcoming album on Dirtnap Records.
Thomas Function also play on Friday (4/23) at Monster Island with Harlem and Girls at Dawn -- that's a good show too. All tour dates for White Wires and Thomas Function, the full Mess-Around linep, plus some videos, below...
The White Wires - Girly Girly Girly
The White Wires - In My Bed
The White Wires - 2010 Tour Dates
Apr 21 OWENS HAUS w/ Insubordinates, White Whale, Ian Downey Is Famous ROCHESTER
Apr 22 Cakeshop w/ Thomas Function and GAMES (their 1rst show ever!) NYC
Apr 24 ATLANTA MESSAROUND
Thomas Function - 2010 Tour Dates
Apr 21 Jackie's washington, Washington DC
Apr 22 Cake Shop manhattan, New York
Apr 23 Monster Island Basement brooklyn, New York
Apr 24 Bug Jar rochester, New York
Apr 25 Oberlin College oberlin, Ohio
Apr 26 Woodchuck's toledo, Ohio
Apr 27 Louie's Trophy House Kalamazoo, Michigan
Apr 28 Empty Bottle chicago, Illinois
Apr 29 Brass Rail ft wayne, Indiana
Apr 30 the Vault milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 8 Bottletree birmingham, Alabama
Friday, April 23rd. Matinee @ Club 529.
Friday, April 23rd. Evening at The Earl.
Saturday, April 24th. All day at Club 529.
Gentleman Jesse & His Men
Saturday, April 24th. Evening at The Earl.
Paul Collins Beat
King Louie's Missing Monuments
Sunday, April 25th. Dunch at The Earl.
King Louie One Man Band