Sounds of SXSW 2015 #44: Surly Gates

It's getting to be that time of year again, y'all. That time in March when spring is tantalizingly close, and when bands from just about every corner of the earth (and the music press who loves them) gathers in Austin for SXSW. I know some folks think it's just a big industry schmooze-fest, but I still get a thrill out of checking out the (massive) list of bands and finding someone new to fall in smit with. The bands I'm profiling this year are bands that I would definitely seek out were I going to SXSW this year. If you're going to Austin, or even if you're not, give them a listen.

Not only do I think that Austin's Surly Gates has one of the best names around, I also happen to dig what they're laying down. Slightly chilled, smoky psych-infused nuggets are the Surly Gates calling card, the band mixing myriad melodies and daydream beliefs into far out pop songs. Or, as they call it, "strange darkened moods pierced by the golden harmonies of five eagle cries." Precisely.

[posted 3.20.15]


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