SXSW 09 Show Round-Up: Anathallo & Dignan

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Our first day at SXSW Music was great. It was the hottest day of the week so far, but the weather was great none the less.  Music was in the air, and people were there to hear it.

img_6991We hit the Paste Magazine Party around noon. It was a great way to start the day, the crowds weren’t really out yet and the air was still a little cool. What was also great about it was that Anathallo was the first band to hit their outside stage, so we were able to get really close despite the crowd.

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If you have never seen these guys play you are missing out! They put on a show to be reckoned with. Tons of instrumentation; I believe every person in the band played at least two/three things during the course of the show.  There were huge bass drums, wooden blocks, horns, bells, and harmonicas to name a few.  Their passion is undeniable, I am surprised these guys don’t pass out on stage often.  I told Chuck after we watched them that there is just no way someone could watch these guys and not smile. This is an immensely talented band, hands down, and it was a great way to start the day off.

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You can buy Anathallo‘s music on Anathallo

At 6:30, we headed over to Ace’s Lounge and taped our interview with the progressive rock band Dignan.

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The interview went great despite having to dodge cars in the ally we had set up in. The band was really cool, and answered all of our questions with insight and understanding.  They hit the stage around 8PM. It was an odd stage because it was completely surrounded by the bar for the venue, making picture taking a little difficult.

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I have to say that I was VERY impressed with these guys. They bring this kind of shy intelligence to their stage show. their music is not altogether dark, but the feeling of the show was kind of a shadowy progression.  They share a lot of music traits with Anathallo, in that they use a a lot of different types of instruments to get their sound across. What stands out with Dignan is their song progression, each song is very much a journey, and it totally works in their show. I watched five great musicians get lost in their music, and it was incredible. The last song that they played was immense, and that is the only way I can describe it.

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Please go buy Dignan‘s music on Dignan

I think Chuck has the rest of the day covered, so we will be checking in with you tomorrow, please be sure to take a look at our schedule and come find us at the shows.

Comments

  1. Mark Nielsen says:

    Thanks for the Anathallo notes. I just caught them last nite (4-20) at North Park U in Chicago (down the street from their current home turf). An equally good show, though the very polite Covenant Churchie students in the crowd probably made it a tamer version of the Austin set. I did a review today at my blog, and put them in the context of what I’ve called “geek rock”, both Christian and secular. Now they’re off to Europe for a slew of shows thru end of May. Bon chance, Anathallo!

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