SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Electric Wire Hustle + NYC Show


Photo by Seher Sikandar

Electric Wire Hustle is undoubtedly one of our favorite newer acts to hit the scene in the last couple years. Their sound cocoons you in soulful nostalgia all while keeping your expletives in free flow with their unforgettably unique flavor. SXSW brought the New Zealanders several shows, including the Mint Collective x Grown Kids Radio Showcase, where we got a chance to snap a few photos and catch up with the guys.

Self-described as more “painting with oils than water colors,” Electric Wire Hustle’s fluid sound is one of purpose where individuals strengths are recognized and utilized. Citing the opportunity to travel and “sample more than what’s limited to [their] particular portion of the universe” as one of their reasons for making music, the group’s seemingly effortless appeal becomes easy to understand – their music is informed by both the depth and breadth of experience.

Trying to pin down exactly what feeling you get when listening to Electric Wire Hustle can be a bit difficult to describe at times. There’s a familiarity and a newness all at once, and on the first record, an undeniable sense of Marvin Gaye. Per the guys themselves, they share that they ‘don’t necessarily wan’t to be any one thing.’ They explain

“It’s beat driven, it’s Hotere influenced, its Samo before Basquiat blew up, its Kafka after the first chapter.”

Read more, watch a live video, & get info on tomorrow’s NYC show after the jump

Photo Recap: Lee Fields And The Expressions, Fitz And The Tantrums, KING & DJ Rich Medina at SummerStage

There were trees, there was sun, there was music and gosh darn it was fun! Our annual party in the park is an NYC tradition that we all really look forward to and we want to thank all of you who came out this year to get down with us. Enjoy some photos from the Saturday, June 25th show, courtesy of Seher Sikandar, as we start plotting next year’s installment.

We Bay We Boogie: Rehes Gets Down With Elevator Fight + MP3

One remaining artist profile from Rehes’ SXSW adventure:

“This whole ‘stand around and look bored’ thing happens way too much [at shows]” says Dominic Angelella, guitarist for Philadelphia based rock-the-eff-out-with-your-respective-genitals-out band, Elevator Fight. “There’s so much music available right now it really takes a lot for people to get stoked. And we want people to get stoked.”

The band’s been known to previously describe their music as “liquefied panda rage” and “like that night where you think everything is going to be really fun, but you take that one extra drink and everything goes horribly wrong.” Damn, son – like that?  Yeah, like that.  They get the frick down.

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Rehes Gets Down With Zoë Keating

Hot off her SXSW tour, Seher sits down with Zoë Keating, experimental, electronic cellist.

Zoe KeatingMy first time hearing Zoë Keating was truly ethereal; the “one-woman orchestra” completely transcends this world with her music.  She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to layer and loop her instrument…

[more info + MP3 after the jump]

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Rehes Gets Down With Beats Antique

On the heals of their SXSW showcase, Seher sits down with Beats Antique. Hailing from Oakland, CA, Beats Antique is a force to be reckoned with.  Seriously.  Ask them to describe their music and you will get about sixteen genres, descriptors, and world regions.  Wanna bet?  Try this:

“live electronica and world roots music”

“electro-acoustic gypsy break beat”

“…music of the Middle East, eastern Europe, north Africa and traditional jazz with big bass music”

“orchestral gypsy music with the styles of hip-hop, brass band, downtempo, glitch and dubstep”

They do not play.

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