Four on the Floor: Post-Whatever

Written by Rory Burbeck | February 19, 2014

How would you define the sound of a “post-something” band? It’s a pretty ambiguous term.

After listening to post-rock bands for many years (think Explosions in the Sky or Mogwai), and later post-punk influenced bands (like The Walkmen), I’ve realized that it doesn’t come down to anything terribly specific. All of these artists are experimental; they’re erasing boundaries and incorporating textures and song structures that wouldn’t ordinarily be found in their respective genres.

Today’s Four on the Floor focuses on a few “post-whatever” bands making the trip to Austin for SXSW 2014.

DTCV

This French-American post-punk band formed in Los Angeles in 2012 and have released two EPs in that short time (including one on cassette via Burger Records). DTCV has been described as “post-Nico Velvet Underground with Debbie Harry on vocals.”
RIYL: The Breeders, Guided by Voices

Add to your SXSW Schedule SXSW 2014 Band: DTCV

BUGS OF PHONON

This band is a great example of post-rock: rock and roll textures invading orchestral song structures - and no vocals. Bugs of Phonon create a delicate balance between walls of distorted guitars and heavy drums, and serene, melodic passages.
RIYL: Explosions in the Sky, Maserati

Add to your SXSW Schedule SXSW 2014 Band: Bugs of Phonon

HONEYBLOOD

Glasgow-based duo Honeyblood are experimental in the way they create big sounds within their minimalist structure - Shona on drums and Stina handling guitar and vocals. Honeyblood recently signed to FatCat Records and released their debut single with the label, “Bud”.
RIYL: Best Coast, PJ Harvey

Add to your SXSW Schedule SXSW 2014 Band: Honeyblood

ALLIGATOR INDIAN

So we’ve gone through post-rock and post-punk… How about some post-pop? Switching between male and female vocals, Asheville, North Carolina's Alligator Indian owns a sound that is perhaps better described as psychedelic-electronic-pop.
RIYL: Animal Collective, Woodsman

Add to your SXSW Schedule SXSW 2014 Band: Alligator Indian

Keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.

Photo credits:
DTCV photo courtesy of the artist
Bugs of Phonon photo courtesy of the artist
Honeyblood photo courtesy of the artist
Alligator Indian photo courtesy of the artist