It’s 2pm on a Saturday afternoon. I’m drinking beer. I don’t usually drink during the day but it’s a sunny day and Spring is in the air. Since I’m not going to be enjoying the sun, sounds, and suds of SXSW this week, I’m doing the next best thing and going through the email in-box and checking out all the bands that publicists have been asking me to give a listen to.
My favorite find of the day is Morningbell, a foursome from Florida that conjures up thoughts of Vampire Weekend and British ska-punk on the track “You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)”. I have no idea if the rest of their fourth album, Basso Profundo (out on March 20; stream the whole thing here), sounds so snappy, so sunny, but this is exactly the type of band that I regret missing at SXSW.
DOWNLOAD: “You Think I Don’t Know (But I Know)”