Boys in a Band

SXSW showcase reviews

Live Shots
Photo by Aubrey Edwards

Boys in a Band

Habana Calle 6 Annex, Thursday, March 13

"Since we came to Austin, it feels like our asses are on fire," said Boys in a Band guitarist/vocalist Zachariasson prior to their Thursday night showcase. Then the Faroe Islands quintet put on a show that sounded like something had been lit under them. Exuding manic energy and spending almost as much time performing in the audience as they did onstage, the Boys were a wild hybrid of punk abandon, coliseum-rock aspiration, a little bit of soul power, and TV-preacher-style hosannas. As Zachariasson whipped the small-but-appreciative crowd toward frenzy, Heri Schwartz stalked the foot of the stage with his Hammond-organ-flavored keytar like a mad scientist at a circus sideshow. How the band came to assimilate this random grab bag of pop-cultural influences into something so uniquely charged is a mystery, but living on a remote northern island with no McDonald's probably doesn't hurt. Before wrapping up, the Boys gave sweaty hugs to everyone in front of the stage, confirming the ass-on-fire self-diagnosis. If their forthcoming debut packs this kind of heat, we're in for a treat. This is the reason you get off your comfortable couch in favor of standing around in a stinky club all night.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
Gas Prices Just One More Nudge in the Shift to Cycling
Gas Prices Just One More Nudge in the Shift to Cycling
Riding up that hill

Benton Graham, Aug. 5, 2022

SXSW Film Changes the Channel With a New Name
SXSW Film Changes the Channel With a New Name
Festival gives TV content co-headline billing

Richard Whittaker, July 28, 2022

More Music Reviews
Jack White Swings for the Fences at Austin Sandlot
Jack White Swings for the Fences at Austin Sandlot
Singer/guitarist/first baseman hits home run in post-arena show baseball game

Kevin Curtin, June 3, 2022

Faster Than Sound: Patti Smith and Bikini Kill in One Weekend
Patti Smith and Bikini Kill in One Weekend
Lighting strikes twice in Austin, and Pleasure Venom opens

Rachel Rascoe, May 13, 2022

More by Greg Beets
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018

Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

sxsw

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle