SXSW 2012, Day 3: You Won’t

photos by Brittney Bollay

Boston band You Won’t have a sense of humor. The cover of their forthcoming debut full-length album features a beat-up, heavily-bandaged mime, and their press photos might be better suited for an improv troupe (their video for their single “Three Car Garage” is also good for a laugh). Musically, the duo, which consists of guitarist/vocalist Josh Arnoudse and percussionist Raky Sastri, plays quirky, high energy indie folk, and their debut album, Skeptic Goodbye, is out now on Old Flame Records.

Youth Lagoon was originally scheduled to close our SXSW performances from Mellow Johnny’s, but had to cancel at the last minute. Fortunately, we were able to get You Won’t to step in, a band we were hoping to be able to schedule anyway. Sometimes things have a way of working themselves out. Playing with a bassist/multi-instrumentalist in addition to the two core members, they were forced to play a shorted set because of the limited set-up time, but were on stage long enough to leave a lasting impression. Their infectious, frenetic acoustic folk rock, and in particular lead off song “Three Car Garage,” caused several attendees expecting to see Youth Lagoon to stick around to see the show through. Toward the end of the set, they slowed it down with some more tender numbers that featured harmonica, gorgeous vocal harmonies, a harmonium, and even a saw.

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