Broken Bells is a band everyone wants to see. They may not realize this, but they do. Luckily, for some, that chance came to SXSW with Broken Bells as part of a first come, first serve kind of show. But not just showing up, there was scavenging required and careful watching of our emails and SXSW apps. I just so happened to be walking down the street, in a particular area where my phone decided to work, when it dinged an alert at me. Just so happened that as I was passing the convention center, my phone was letting me know for the next hour, if I went to this exact location and simply showed them my badge, I would be given a wristband that guaranteed entry to a secret show tonight for the Broken Bells.
Now the name of the venue is irrelevant because it was just another pop up venue created for SXSW shows. But the location had the most amazing acoustics and I couldn’t think of a better band than Broken Bells to perform there. The mood was light, the room was dark, the stage lights were very iridescent.
The band had no opener and the crowd was constantly moving around each other to get the best views of the stage. They played for about sixty to ninety minutes that night. I can’t be certain because I was so exhausted from the day I could barely stand. There was no way I was missing this show though! The members often mixed it up between songs and switched up their instruments or just traded with each other. I honestly had no idea the members were so musically inclined. I suppose it makes sense when you listen to the depth of their songs.
I happen to be in love with their new single, “Holding On for Life” which they surprisingly played early in their set. Other favorites like “The Ghost Inside” “Leave it Alone” and After the Disco” were also highlights for the crowd.
They band also seemed very relaxed and at ease on stage. Perhaps it was the disco ball like lights through out the venue, the mirrors on the wall reflecting lights, or just the cushy stage they all gathered on. Whatever it was, it was one of those shows that was SO perfect, you almost want to never see them again, so it can never be ruined.
Who am I kidding, I would see them again in a heartbeat!
by Angela Davis