Sadly here at GIITTV we didn’t have the budgets to stretch to luxury flights to last month’s industry music shindig SXSW (set in Austin, Texas). So instead we thought we’d ask one of the best new bands we’ve heard in recent weeks to write us a little diary about their trip to SXSW. Fast rising multicolored Philadelphia, act Grandchildren are taking up residence on our stereo with their mind bending recently released Cold Warrior Ep. It’s like the euphoric electro-acoustic rhythms of the Animal Collective having a protracted sonic arm wrestle with the insatiable grooves of TV On The Radio, there are even hints toward the pile driving instrumentals of early Trail of Dead, but there’s’ something more exciting and individual about the Grandchilden sound it’s a feeling of not knowing where this sonic journey is going to take you next. There's the unstoppable beats that drive trippy melodies, the surreal choirs of ominous voices and dizzying half familiar moments of rock and electonica augmented by unexpected instrumental stings. It’s ambitious and sonically dexterous and we think its rather fabulous. It’s closely followed by their new album in the Autumn.
Here’s Gandchildren’s Aleks Martray account of their DIY adventure through America and toward SXSW, including his acts of the festival: