¡Forward, Russia! @ Building C, Austin, TX (SXSW) | pics
I can't figure out what to call the venue where ¡Forward, Russia! played their first U.S. gig during SXSW Wednesday night (March 15, 2006). The flyer says it was at 3601 S. Congress Building C. By day that's the "Design Center of Austin at Penn Field". That night they cleared most of the place out to make room for a well-attended party that ran from 11PM-4AM. The bands were Valhalla, Grand National, Cloud Room and ¡Forward, Russia!. It was a pain to get to; the cab driver couldn't even find it, but it was worth it.
According to the setlist, ¡FR! played 15 (pt 2), 18, 12, 7, 9, and 14. The band has so much energy, and the warehouse-like show setting was perfect. I saw them the next day again inside the Fader tent. A few others I know went on to see them a third time at Fox and Hound. That's where they played their official showcase with We Are Scientists. The Cobra Snake saw them too - somewhere completely different.
Their NYC show was cancelled, but I'm sure they'll be back to tour soon.