by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Harrys Gym - Old Man (MP3)

Harrys Gym

I was very sad yesterday when Frankie & the Heartstrings announced they weren't going to make it to America for SXSW, as they were to play our curated chunk of the Dot Com Day Stage on Thursday (3/17) inside the Austin Convention Center. But I am happy that their replacement is Norway's Harrys Gym, a band I've been curious to see for some time.

I first became aware of Harrys Gym when doing research on another Norwegian group, I Was a King, and learned that singer Anne Lise Frøkedal was in both bands. Her two bands couldn't sound more different. Where IWAK have definite '90s indie rock influences, Harrys Gym is ethereal pop along the line of Blonde Redhead, Bat for Lashes, or Bachelorette. Check out their alluring single "Old Man" from their second album, What Was Ours Can't Be Yours, came out last fall.

So the line-up now is:

12PM: Erland & the Carnival
1PM: Still Corners
2PM: Harrys Gym

This is in the Convention Center which means you do need a badge for this one, but if you do, please try and stop by. I think we've got a solid little set of music here (I saw Still Corners on Saturday and was duly impressed).

Harrys Gym play five shows in Austin this week (but no other dates at the moment unfortunately). Their full schedule, plus some Harrys Gym videos, are below...

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Harrys Gym - Top of the Hill

Harrys Gym - Old Man

Harrys Gym - Attic

Harrys Gym - 2011 SXSW shows
3/16 - 10PM @ Malaia (Official Showcase) 300 East, 6th St. Austin
3/17 - Midday @ FILTER Magazine Day Party, Cedar Street Street Courtyard 208 West, 4th Street Austin
3/17 - 2PM BrooklynVegan Dot Com Day Stage - Austin Convention Center
3/18 - 5.15pm @ MidCoast Takeover Day Party - The Liberty 1618 East 6th Street Austin
3/19 - Midday @ American Art Authority Day Party, Spiderhouse Cafe - 2908 Fruth St Austin