SXSW 2019: Bleachers Takes a Break From Recording New Album to Play Rachael Ray’s Feedback Party


Jack Antonoff got here out of the “hibernation” of creating his third Bleachers album on Saturday (March 16) to shut out a raucous day at Rachael Ray’s 12th annual South By Southwest Feedback celebration at Stubb’s BBQ.

Playing Bleachers' first present in 5 months, in line with Jack Antonoff, the group — which performed its first public stay present ever throughout the 2014 SXSW — held off of previewing any of its new materials. But that didn’t detract in any respect from an brisk 50-minute, nine-song set that saved the packed subject in entrance of the stage rocking to a collection of anthemic pop favorites comparable to “Let’s Get Married,” “Mystery,” “I Wanna Get Better” and “Don’t Take the Money." 

More than a number of obeyed Antonoff’s command to rise up on one another’s shoulders (whereas certainly inflicting the venue and celebration insurance coverage carriers a number of palpitations) throughout “Rollercoaster.” “Mystery,” in the meantime, turned an prolonged epic with some call-and-response schtick between the band and crowd and a saxophone solo by Texas native Evan Smith. “I Miss Those Days” was the one track to exhibit any rust from the previous few months within the studio, however Antonoff lined with some heartfelt recollections in regards to the early days of his profession, together with a efficiency at a sushi restaurant throughout his first SXSW.

The present was apparently simply Bleachers peeking its head out of the bottom for a second, nonetheless. “We’re nicely into a brand new report,” Antonoff informed the group at one level. “Don’t assume popping out of hibernation to see you adjustments something. We’re going again into the studio.”

Bleachers wasn’t the one SXSW one-off at Feedback. In the wake of the disappearance of different SXSW staples, Ray's occasion has change into the grand damme of Austin day events throughout the week, entertaining and feeding 1000’s, free of charge, over the course of practically seven hours. One-man-band Billy Raffoul rolled in from Baton Rouge, La., the place he opened for Julia Michaels the evening earlier than, to play the celebration. And the Beastie Boys’ Mike “Mike D” Diamond, who was a part of a keynote dialog on Friday with groupmate Adam Horvitz, lit up the sector with a uncommon DJ set that had him working each the mixers and the mics, freestyling over a collection of rap and rock classics together with the Beasties’ “So What’cha Want” and “Intergalactic.”

For others on the three-stage, 14-act invoice, nonetheless, Feedback was one other, however welcome, cease within the normal grind of SXSW. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay specifically famous it was his 13th present of the pageant when he then needed to lower his efficiency brief when Big Boi, in a Feedback fake pax, started his set on the stage throughout the sector earlier than Clay was completed along with his vibey efficiency. That, in fact, didn’t cease the group from simply turning round and throwing down with the Atlanta MC on hits comparable to “Shutterbugg” in addition to his new single “Doin’ It” and Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson.”

Australia’s Angle McMahon, in the meantime, got here off stage from her set, which included a canopy of Fleetwood Mac’s "Silver Spoon," to information that she’d received SXSW’s Grulke Prize winner for Developing Non-U.S. Act. She marveled that the group “lined up across the block this morning for meals and music,” however added that “you made a sensible choice.”

Among Feedback’s different highlights was a stirring hometown look by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and a strong efficiency by J. Roddy Walston’s new band Palm Palm. An indoor stage lineup hosted elegant units by Ben Dickey, Yola and J.S. Ondara, in addition to the high-octane Los Angeles duo KOLARS, whose percussionist, Lauren Brown, was the one musician on the invoice to "play" faucet footwear. Feedback mainstays Bob Schneider and the Cringe, fronted by Ray’s husband John Cusimano, cross-pollinated throughout their units, with Cusimano delivering a rap throughout Schneider’s finale and Schneider becoming a member of the Cringe for a track when it performed.

After Bleachers wrapped up, Ray despatched followers residence with information that she’d signed the contract for a “fortunate 13th” Feedback, once more at Stubb’s, insuring the celebration will maintain its status as a SXSW mainstay for one more 12 months.