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MARCH 09, 2007
SXSW Band to Watch: The Winterkids

Winterkids With all the bands heading to Austin next week for the annual SXSW music conference, I've yet to be bombarded with the "OMG, you have to check out ___!!!" But this morning, a couple of MP3s came my way that made my ears perk up. The last few years, indie music, especially that coming out of England, has produced some of the most amazing, engaging post-punk revivalists . But now, as things continue to progress, I do believe we might now start hearing a slew of bands bringing in the new era of new wave. One to mention: The Winterkids. This five-piece from England's countryside (some small enclave called Peaslake that surely no one on in America can point to on a map) are barely out of their teens but make such sophisticated music that it's surprising they haven't been doing this their whole lives. They made a splash across the pond with the release of two singles: the head-bopping, hand-clapping "All the Money" and "Tape It," a humorous, somewhat heart wrenching breakup song that thrills with its excitement, snarkiness and pop sensibilities enhanced with electro-tinged keyboards. It draws comparisons to early Pulp but also a little Madness and dare I say Echo and the Bunnymen sans the gloom. The music is fast and sincere; it bounces into your attention and then leaves as quickly. But you realize they've left a little gift ... something lingering, a little reminder of this fun little party you just attended.  After hearing these two songs, I hit their MySpace page where I found a third ditty, the folky "Who Am I Kidding," fronted by 18-year-old Hannah Snider. This sweet-voiced, approachable tune could so easily be 2007s go-to movie or show soundtrack addition for any scene reminiscent of a "Pretty in Pink" or any John Hughes-like movie. This song shows the band's diversity, harmony and ability to play around with the music.

If you're hitting SXSW, try to check them out. They're playing six shows between Wed and Sat -- so you shouldn't miss them. Oh yeah, their debut, Memories, drops this month.Th_cover

In the meantime, check out MySpace but also listen to these songs:

Tape It
All The Money

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