Talk about a line to get into Domino Records SXSW Showcase tonight –sheese! I thought the line wouldn’t be that long considering the showcase was taking place at Antone’s, a venue that’s a good 10-15 minute walk from the main drag on 6th Street. Apparently, this was the place to be. Even Vampire Weekend made sure to stop by the V.I.P. box to catch the Sons & Daughters performance.
The band started off with a bang, opening up with their new single, “Gilt Complex.” Their chuggy rock anthems sounded tight, thanks in part to Adele Bethel’s spot-on vocals and Scott Patterson’s tight guitar playing. Though, Bethel was dressed in a sparkling gold top, it easy to see that Patterson is the rock star of the group. Bethel’s not exactly there yet, in between every couple of songs she would kindly ask the soundman to turn up her vocals up in the monitor, almost as if she was asking him to borrow some money for lunch. C’mon, there’s a line stretched around the building for you, don’t ask, demand. Sons & Daughters were impressive tonight, but only played a 30-minute set. Short–but sweet.