Doe Reminded Me Of The Reason Why I Went To SXSW THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: DOE @ SWAN DIVE | SXSW 3/17/18
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 Doe: When a hook is good, it’s good. All it took was one listen to the chorus of Doe’s “Last Ditch”, and I put them on my list of bands to check out at SXSW. It’s indie rock gold that’s got enough grunge sprinkled on top to give it the kind of kick that I love. And that build up in the bridge back into the chorus for the last time around? That’s just great songwriting.
What I Thought Of Doe Performance: It had been 5 long days of walking too many miles around the city of Austin, and when I thought I would pack it all in before ending my adventures at SXSW, something in my gut urged me to head back Red River Street to maybe check out one last band. As I walked by Swan Dive, I noticed that it wasn’t to crowded. When I checked my schedule, I noticed that Doe would be playing an 11pm set, so I decided to set up shop and watch their performance.
To say that I was beyond tired after 5 days of festivalling on little sleep would be an understatement … but as soon as I saw this trio take the stage, with smiles and energy abound, I couldn’t help but be reinvigorated myself.
In this nightclub-sized venue, late at night, Doe performed with the type of gusto and spirit that a band playing an amphitheater would have. Even after 6 gigs, this one being their 7th, Doe performed like their lives depended on it, performing with the purpose to prove to those Americans in the room that the critical acclaim they received in their hometown of London was indeed deserved. That performance proved it to me.
And that’s the whole reason why you go to SXSW. You go to SXSW to see talent that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to see perform live. You go to SXSW to watch rising talent give it there all to make a statement; to impress you enough to want to follow them and their musical endeavors. You go to SXSW to watch the inspired and to be inspired yourself. That’s why I go to SXSW, and I was reminded of that watching Doe rock my last gig at SXSW.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) May 4, 2018