SXSW 2k8 Preview: Pick Your Own Showcase
8:30pm - The Voom Blooms (Myspace // "Nine Ships" [mp3])
9:30pm - Emmy the Great (Myspace // "Easter Parade" [mp3])
10:30pm - Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit (Myspace // "Leftovers" [mp3])
11:30pm - Son of Dave (Myspace // "Devil Take My Soul" [mp3])
12:45am - Ida Maria (Myspace // "Oh My God" [mp3])
Back on that last band... Ida Maria is a great young band from Sweden fronted by an electric Norwegian siren named Ida Maria (go figure). Stylistically, they seem most comfortable playing energetic punk music with wailing vocals, buzzy guitars, and thrashing drum beats under some killer choruses. But I have the feeling that they're not a one note band by any means, as their song "Louie" is up-tempo indie pop while "Any Given Day" sounds like Bjork crossed with The Sundays (i.e. the antithesis of punk). I haven't really figured them out yet, but I think they're great. Expect big things.