SXSW 2012, Day 3: Pickwick

photos by Brittney Bollay

Along with Allen Stone, Pickwick has served as the face of the recent Seattle soul revival, and like Allen Stone, Pickwick revolves around the amazing voice, energy, and stage presence of their leading man. Galen Disston and company first appeared on KEXP last summer by way of the song “Hacienda Motel” from their debut EP Myths, Vol. 1, and have since made several noteworthy appearances around Seattle, including a performance at Bumbershoot and a headlining gig at The Neptune Theater. It is these live performances — which are always high energy and audience-involved — that have everyone signing Pickwick’s praises. While their live show is amazing, if you’re thinking that it’s about time they release a full-length album, expect one to be out later this year.

Pickwick took the stage at Mellow Johnny’s at 11:30 AM to easily the largest crowd we’ve seen for an opening performance this week. After warming up with a new song, Galen Disston gave a nod to KEXP before bursting into “Hacienda Motel,” which got the mid-morning crowd moving for the first time. With both the band and the audience sufficiently loosened, they launched into “Window Sill.” As Galen Disston lurched and gesticulated wildly, his energy couldn’t help but rub off on the crowd, who began to clap and stomp along enthusiastically. With the energy still high, Pickwick closed things out by channeling Eric Burdon and the Animals with a lively call and response number that resulted in a especially prolonged round of applause from an audience that was now primed for a full Friday of action around Austin. Pickwick > hangover.

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