Aiming for Enrike’s Unique Sonics Blew Minds At SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Aiming for Enrike @ Cheer Up Charlies | SXSW 3/16/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Aiming for Enrike: Truth be told, I went into the day session of Day 5 of SXSW blindly. I wanted to experience some fresh acts caught on a whim in hopes of discovering new music. After all, that’s what South By Southwest is all about, right? I was certainly not let down. I decided to spend the afternoon at Cheer Up Charlies at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase and stumbled upon one of the coolest acts I caught during the week: a Norwegian duo made up of Simen Følstad Nilsen and Tobias Ørnes Andersen known as Aiming for Enrike.
What I Thought Of Aiming for Enrike’s Performance: The first thing I noticed in the stage set up of Aiming for Enrike was that there were no microphone stands. I found that to be a bit strange so it only rose my level of curiosity. When Nilsen (guitar) and Anderson (drums) began playing, it felt like speakers blew out. It was HUGE sound coming two guys, almost overwhelming at times.
Aiming for Enrike played a 30 minute instrumental set that consisted of an insane variation of electric guitar sounds and thumping drum rhythms that are truly indescribable. How those two instruments (guitar and drums) could make those kinds of sound, I have no idea. Just have a listen:
It’s hard for me to put into words the style of music that I heard from this talented Norwegian duo because It’s not a style or genre that I’m necessarily acclimated with. I wanted to call it rock or heavy metal, but it was so much more than that. Nilsen used a combination of over 10 different pedals to alternate sounds his guitar would make, often times going down to his knees and hitting the pedals and buttons with his knuckles (see photos below).
Anderson would layer on top of those electronic guitar sounds with his high paced and perfect drum patterns that had my head bopping for the entire show. It felt like some kind of futuristic electric rock performance, but with no lyrics or words. It was just two guys playing the hell out of their instruments. It was truly the most unique act I witnessed at this years SXSW and I recommend everyone checks them out. Aiming for Enrike released an album last year called Las Napalmas and I’m hoping they’ll come out with more ingenious music soon.