Last night was the first official night of SXSW Music and Capitol subsidiary Harvest Records put on an impressive night of their artist roster including Young & Sick, Arthur Beatrice, Glass Animals and The Preatures. Most of the crowd present were there for Jillian Banks’ and her brooding atmospheric R&B.
Her set was damn impressive. Banks managed to convey the intensity of her songs. You believe her performance, which was her first festival set ever. So you can feel her nervousness, her resolve, her belief, her relief when people react as she hopes and her growing strength and comfort as the set continued. Aside from ‘Warm Water’, the clear crowd favourite last night, ‘Brain’, the recent Shlohmo-produced single has a gut-punching wailing soulful force to it live. I’m excited for this girl’s future and debut album after last night.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.