If you wake up on the Saturday morning of South By Southwest and don’t feel like you might die, you might be doing it wrong. The multi-day music frenzy can certainly take its toll, but the promises of day parties and warm sunny weather are too tough to pass up.
On the patio of the Mohawk, Scottish rockers Paws slammed on their guitars. Wearing a long-sleeved flannel shirt, and with the ends of his dark hair bleached, lead vocalist Phillip Taylor looked like ‘90s skater – an image perhaps propped up by Taylor’s admittance that he’d spent the previous evening screaming at the Less Than Jake show like he was 15 again. Paws was followed by the Canadian punk trio Metz. How these dudes are able to channel so much energy into every song is completely remarkable. They’re bombastically noisy – just as punk should be.
|The Limousines at Dirty Dog|
Los Angeles band The Little Ones played an enjoyably breezy set, unfurling their Ra Ra Riot-ish brand of indie rock best with songs like “Ordinary Song.” Watching the band’s upbeat vibe on stage, for a moment it seemed possible to forget there was a festival going on at all. At least, until you tried to move your feet.