With The Envy Corps, Future Of The Left
 The Envy Corps

In Austin, Texas for this year's South By South West music conference, Paul Melbourne is documenting all the action for Clash. Read on for day one's exploits...


So we're in Texas for the much lauded SXSW festival, after dropping off our bags it's down to the convention centre to register and pick up our badges. It's baking in town, and already things are in full flow with a huge queue, oh sorry I mean a huge line around the block for the PureVolume House afternoon party. Tomorrow is when the music kicks off proper but there's still plenty of venues with showcases tonight.

After a lengthy wait and armed with our big bags of info and free crap it's off to get fed. Coming across America earlier in the day on their proper budget equivalent of Ryanair we're starving, next to the convention centre is 'Party in the Park' put on by some techy company, there's a band playing in the tent but to be honest everyone's here for the free local beer and fajitas, and not to forget the mini corn dogs!

After that nice freebie though it's time to get our wallets out for $1 drinks in Coyote Ugly round the corner. Suitably fed and watered though it's time to see some music, that's what we're here for anyway eh! Feel a bit bad that we end up in an Irish bar for the first gig of the festival, but we're here to see New Yorkers King Stork. Probably shouldn't have bothered really, I can't even say that they're awful awful, just so average and uninspiring we're back out the door past the pile of free cd's after two songs of soppy paint by numbers indie.

As we hot foot it across town to see The Envy Corps we go past Alexa Cheung out having a fag near the closing party for the Interactive part of the festival. This party headlined by Kasabian and Miike Snow is a chance for the techy folk to let their hair down at the end of a week of conferences and it is rammed all down the street. The Envy Corps are playing just round the corner in an old car garage decked out with shitloads of bean bags, tempted to just stay there for the night but finally some good music to get us on our feet. Having been previous touring partners of The Killers they have that big stadium sound down to a tee with singer having an air of Thom Yorke about him. Definite ones to watch when they're next over in the UK, and on that note it's time to see some British Music over at Lattitude 30, the 'British Music Embassy'. First up are Aberdeen's The Xcerts, their blend of melodic punk is alright but nothing to write home about.

Future of the Left though are the definite highlight of the day, as you'd expect, loud, bass in your face and snarling their way through a 45 minute set even managing to fit in classic Mclusky track 'To Hell with Good Intentions'. This is a band that is here to show Texas what it's all about and with a few more shows in town over the course of the week we're definitely going again!! That's it for us though, after a few free beers too many it's back to our hotel to get some rest as we've already got plenty lined up for tomorrow...

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