Day eight of South by Southwest. You can feel it in your bones.
It’s only been four days of the music portion, but you’ve been trekking around making pit stops anywhere that spreads word of free booze since last Friday. You’ve conditioned your brain to believe that it’s not that far of a walk from Waterloo Records to Fader Fort and have been standing in Disney-worthy lines for a week now.
Luckily, attending Red Bull Sound Select at The Gatsby, there seemed to be an endless supply of that powerful little energy drink. People swarmed around chugging Red Bull and its three new flavors, (cranberry, lime and blueberry), giving them plenty of vitality for the rock and hip-hop flavored show to ensue.
London rockers Little Barrie took the stage with their long, British locks and gave the crowd and energizing show. Guitarist and vocalist Barrie Cadogan has guest appeared as a guitarist for some big names such as The Chemical Brothers and Morrissey. But Barrie’s implied mini-me, Little Barrie, takes on a style that sounds like a grungier version of Jet infused with some funk and R&B undertones, which makes for some soulful rock and roll.
With the subtle R&B flavor Little Barrie left on stage, the transition to Geto Boys was made much easier. Geto Boys told us way back in ’92, “Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta,” and the way the Houston group hopped around the Red Bull stage, they made that statement appear believable. Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill pumped energy into the crowd and played for a crowd that appeared larger than Best Coast’s Day One show.
The Ultramagnetic MCs swooped in to preserve the energy and close out the show. Kool Keith, Ced Gee, TR Love and DJ Moe Love worked in tandem to accentuate their old-school flavor as they made the crowd “swing.” Kool Keith, founder of Ultramagnetic MCs, also credits himself as being the originator of Horrorcore, a genre that translates the lyrically violent imagery within his music.
Day four of Red Bull Sound Select meshed British rock and hip hop, but managed to seamlessly weave together those very different genres to create an energetic live show with heavy head-bobbing and hand-swinging that anyone could enjoy (with a Red Bull in hand, of course).
- via Courtney Goforth