SXSW 2012, Day 2: Imperial Teen

photos by Brittney Bollay

At this point, Imperial Teen should be a household name. They’ve been carving out a name for themselves in the indie rock scene since the mid-1990s and have opened up for Hole and Marilyn Manson. Their mix of post-grunge alternative and new wave earned them SPIN’s 4th best album of the year with 1996’s Seasick, and their sound is without a doubt a huge influence on bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Broken Social Scene. This year, they released the heavily acclaimed Feel The Sound and they continue to make beautiful music. While their vibe has matured with their age, songs like “Last To Know” and “Out From Inside” still hold a reminiscence of classic singles like “Yoo Hoo” and “Sugar.”

Just like on Wednesday, a sizeable crowd turned out at Mellow Johnny’s for the day’s first performance at 11:30, only it wasn’t quite the 2,000 spectators Imperial Teen tried to convince radio listeners were in attendance. The veteran indie rockers played an energetic set mixing new songs, songs from their 2011 release Feel The Sound, and older favorites like “Yoo Hoo” in what served as the perfect peformance to introduce hung-over attendees to another full day of music.

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One Comment

  1. Tom
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Great set. Awesome way to start the day.

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