Wild Child and Banditos take over Frye Days at SXSW

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New York based leather footwear outfitter Frye Company descended upon the SXSW festivities this year and took over Swan Dive for a two-day affair, showcasing quite the eclectic mix of artists.

With curation handled by Noisetrade, the free online album database connecting independent artists with fans around the world, bands such as our local favorites Wild Child gave performances amongst a crowded line up of Nashville and other midwestern groups that carry a more folk/singer songwriter aura to them.

Highlights of the two-day event were Birmingham natives Banditos, whose song “Still Sober After All These Beers” was very fitting for the environment. Their sound made me want to see them play the Ol’ Opry stage surrounded by circa 1950s music gear while doing speed with Johnny Cash. Maybe an exaggeration, but they have an excitable energy that can make anyone a fan that gives them a chance.

Another highlight was one of the last performances of the two-day event, with Wild Child absolutely packing the back patio of Swan Dive wall-to-wall. I can almost recall three years ago watching them play an early time slot at the first installment of Float Fest, and man have they come along way from their humble beginnings. Everyone who’s anyone that lives in this city either already knows the name Wild Child or needs to if they don’t. This mixed group including a violin player, cello player, and a mandolin player goes against the norm when it comes to “traditional” live band instruments, and their charisma can drive anyone from three to 60-years-old into swaying along with their intoxicating sounds.

Major thanks to Frye Company and Noisetrade for hosting a lively, grassroots style event, and be sure to be on the lookout for Frye’s new store opening in Austin early fall of this year.