Lawrence Brought A Youthful Exuberance To SXSW That’s Tough To Beat THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: Lawrence @ Banger's | SXSW 3/14/18
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 Lawrence: I love new band’s that have a retro R&B sound. When listening to playlists and watching music videos of various SXSW listed artist, I stumbled upon this video:
Wow. I was feeling this vibe instantly. Sold live band, solid horn section (and if you know me, you know I’m a sucker for a good Chicago-esque horn section) and solid and sassy lead vocals. When I did a little more research, I found out that this brother (Clyde) and sister (Gracie) fronted band had released their debut, full length album, “Breakfast”, in 2017. “Breakfast” has been a steady play for me on Spotify. It was youthful (I mean, these siblings are still in their early 20s with Gracie not yet old enough (I think) to drink), it was funky, it was well produced. I had to check them out to see if they were the real deal.
What I Thought Of Lawrence’s Performance: To say I enjoyed Lawrence’s performance at Banger’s would be massive understatement. Not only was the sound of their live performance as good as that which was recorded on the album, but the performance itself gave their music an added dimension of life that multiplied the enjoyment factor tenfold.
Both Clyde and Gracie were stand-outs when it came to their respective singing and playing, but it was their bandmates, particularly their horn section, that literally had me jumping around in the photo pit. Whether they were timing choreographed steps or playfully ribbing each other with inside jokes, the joy with which they played, the enthusiasm on their faces, that energy was as infectious and kinetic any lead singer could impart.
The energy culminated when the horn trio jumped off stage for the last song to play to the audience, eventually climbing atop a picnic table to finish off the performance. As the crowd gathered around the table, cheering the players, I watched from afar envying those who right there with the horns blasting in their face. It looked like fun, just like the rest of the set.