The Pipettes - Beauty Bar - SXSW Austin Texas
South By South West is an industry based music conference / festival located in Austin Texas.
An average of 1,500 bands play over a period of four days so it's a great opportunity to watch the latest "up and coming" acts from around the world alongside more established bands playing slightly more intimate venues than they are used to.
After four days of wearing out shoe leather I was ready to drop but not before I watched my final act of SXSW - Brighton's The Pipettes.
The band were playing as part of a joint Memphis Industries / Team Love showcase which also saw CD Times favourites Tilly And The Wall preceeding them.
The Pipettes consist of three girls - Becki, Gwenno and Rose (" The prettiest girls you've ever met ") fronting the band backed by the male members who go by the name of the Cassettes.
They perform very upbeat pop songs with a 60's feel, entertaining the crowd with a variety of dance moves, one part synchronized one part shambles.
They started their set at the Beauty Bar with " ABC " from their debut album " We are the Pipettes ".
This was the girls last performance of SXSW but they had already played a number of sets to ecstatic audiences, many of whom made up the capacity crowd with many a poor Pipettes fan peering into the tent from the outside frantically trying to catch a glimpse of the performance.
" Your kisses are wasted on me " was one of the best singles of last year and it featured early in the set, with the girls praising the audience for their fantastic finger wagging during the song.
The band were on great form and seemed to be really enjoying themselves onstage as their SXSW wound down.
Normally dressed in high heels alongside their polka dotted splendour the girls commented that they had decided to ditch them in favour of flat shoes so I wasn't the only one feeling the effect of pounding the Texas street.
Album tracks " Why did you stay", " Because it's not love (but it's still a feeling) "," I love you", " It hurts to see you dance so well " and " Tell me what you want " featured next in the set.
The girls followed with a Pipettes favourite, the " B side " " Guess who ran off with the milkman ", returning to the album for " One night stand " and single "Judy ".
The Austin crowd were then treated to a new song." True love waits patiently for a miracle" about " bad bad boyfriends " is fairly standard Pipettes fair, sounding great so I look forward to the recorded version.
The girls told the audience that they only had one song left, joking that they were always getting thrown off stage.
" Pull shapes " was the track they decided to end on, with the audience really getting into it by this point, joining in clapping hands and pulling shapes as the girls suggested!
They somehow managed to sneak in one more number though, leaving the crowd with their theme tune " We are the Pipettes ", a great way to end my SXSW.
The bands debut album " We are the Pipettes " is a great collection of songs and provided me with many hours of entertainment last year (and still does).The band work best in a live enviroment though as the girls onstage exuberance is very infectious, sending you home with a smile on your face!
The Pipettes are touring Europe in April.You can find the dates here
Last updated: 13/05/2018 13:25:21