WFANFC couldn’t be more out of Manchester if they tried. The very street signs of the city in fact lent the band their name.
But musically, they may just find themselves at home at SXSW. They don’t link themselves to the infamous ‘Madchester’ scene, and tend to listen to many American bands. Their shoegazy sound echoes the feel of long dream-like drives through vast, cinematic American landscapes – full of surprises while the heat of the thick bass creates a woozy atmosphere.
The band’s ability to pack in an array of sounds from psychedelia, post-punk and electronica means their album is continuously shifting paces. In fact they have already been nominated for the American version of the Mercury music awards.
The band promise newcomers an intense and energetic show and with similarities drawn to old-school tripped out Manchester beats and the serenity of Sigur Ros, WFANFC should stand out from the ranks of the homogenous indie pop of the moment.
So remember that’s Working For A Nuclear Free City – you may have to write it down; in fact that’s what the boys want you to do. And if you can’t remember the name, just look out for some pasty Brits in underpants – apparently that’s their tip for dealing with SXSW’s notoriously scorching heat.