In comparison to their northern neighbors, Denmark doesn’t have as much of a reputation for being a musical hotspot. However, there are several Danish bands trying to change their country’s image and one of the latest and greatest is the surf rock group The Good The Bad.
I was fortunate enough to catch this band perform during the first warm-up day of the 2008 Roskilde Festival, where I just happened upon their set midway through and was astonished by the amount of energy they possessed. Going the strictly instrumental route (from the band: “We don’t need a vocalist anyway. The music speaks for itself. We use the music so we don’t have to say ‘I Love You’”), the group is a complete 180 from the cerebral acts like Explosions in the Sky or Eluvium — opting to rock out rather than create delicate soundscapes.
Playing mostly low-key venues in Copenhagen and around Europe, there is no doubt in my mind that they will shine at the dingy bar/club scene that’s 6th St. in Austin. Not only that, but with a sound that’s tailor made for the next Tarrantino film, they are sure to please the festival goers with their high intensity surf & flamenco tracks. With a spectacle to match the music, this group is a must see for SXSW ’10. Check out this live video from one of their shows in Copenhagen:
If you like the music, you can grab track #1 from their cleverly titled 001-004 EP here at the cost of an e-mail address, and, if their facebook page can be trusted, an LP seems to be on the horizon — so be on the lookout!