Sky Larkin, Peggy Sue, Micachu & the Grates – SXSW to NYC
Micachu & the Shapes @ Ms. Bea’s – Todd P SXSW – March 18, 2009 (andycarvin)
“SXSW has positioned itself as a one-stop opportunity to make contacts across the American music business, and it has had a steadily increasing presence for bands from abroad. This year there were 594 international acts at official showcases.
One startling British import was Micachu and the Shapes, a trio of former music school students who love bare-bones structures. Mica Levi’s terse, choppy songs for the group use dissonant guitar chords, hardheaded lyrics, a swinging drumbeat, perky keyboard hooks and contrapuntal cowbells, among other things, for songs with the ebullience of a skiffle band and the hardheadedness of hip-hop. [NY Times]