Four on the Floor: English Expressions at SXSW Music 2016

Written by Jessica Pickett | Friday, Jan 15, 2016

Take me back to dear Old Blighty! Check out these four British bands who proudly wear their emotions on their sleeve, both in their music and their names.



Yuck (London, UK-England)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Yuck. Photo courtesy of the artist. Indie noise-rock quartet Yuck will be dropping their much anticipated third studio album at the end of February. Singer Max Bloom has stated that the first single off Stranger Things, “Hearts In Motion,” is all about how to deal with relationships. After a two-night record release celebration at Moth Club in London, the band will embark on a U.S. and Canadian tour through mid-April.
RIYL: Japandroids, Sonic Youth


Demob Happy (Brighton, UK-England)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Demob Happy. Photo courtesy of the artist. New to the scene, grunge band Demob Happy released their debut album just this past October and they are all about sticking it to the man. The band toured the Motherland in support of Dream Soda throughout the duration of 2015, sharing the stage with acts like Dinosaur Pile-Up and Two Gallants. They also performed at Vodafone Mexefest in Portugal back in November with fellow SXSW 2016 Showcasing Artist Bombino.
RIYL: The Vines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club


Lusts (Leicester, UK-England)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Lusts. Photo by Liam Keown. Another exciting newbie is shoegaze / alt-rock brother duo Lusts. Prior to their debut record release in late October, the pair toured extensively as support for psych-garage band Coves. Illuminations was issued by the recently resurrected 1965 Records, famous for signing The Libertines back in the mid-2000s.
RIYL: Echo & the Bunnymen, The Psychedelic Furs


Fear of Men (Brighton, UK-England)
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2016 SXSW Showcasing Artist Fear of Men. Photo courtesy of the artist. Their debut album Loom was very well received by critics and music lovers alike. The foursome are currently working on their follow-up album due out this April. Fear of Men will be joining us for their second SXSW performance.
RIYL: Widowspeak, Lower Dens

Register to attend the 30th annual SXSW Music Festival, March 15-20, 2016 in Austin. And keep up with the list of showcasing artists here.

Photo credits:
Yuck photo courtesy of the artist
Demob Happy photo courtesy of the artist
Lusts photo by Liam Keown
Fear of Men photo courtesy of the artist