Lineup announced for Hello Asia’s first ever SXSW official showcase

In our 7th year of covering SXSW on Hello Asia!, we’re thrilled to reveal the lineup for our first ever official showcase at the iconic Austin event. Partnering with our sister publication The AU Review, the event will feature three Australian acts and two acts from Japan and one from Korea. It’s all happening at Australia House (Lucille at 77 Rainey St) on Thursday 14th March from 8pm.

The event will mark the end of the AU reviews’s 10th Birthday celebrations, which kicked off as part of SCOUTED in Adelaide last July, before hosting events as part of both WAM Festival in Perth and BIGSOUND in Brisbane. And just like these past events, the party at SXSW will showcase some of the hottest up-and-coming acts; one’s not to be missed.

San Mei, who played the AU review’s BIGSOUND 10th Birthday party last year, will be kicking things off, ahead of South Korean outfit Drinking Boys & Girls Choir, Aussie-via-London rising stars Geowulf, Japanese outfit STEREOGIRL, Aussie legends I Know Leopard and closing things out at 1am with Japan’s DYGL.

Here’s the full run of set times… and you can learn more about the artists below too!

8pm: San Mei (Australia)
9pm: Drinking Boys & Girls Choir (Korea)
10pm: Geowulf (Australia)
11pm: Stereogirl (Japan)
12am: I Know Leopard (Australia)
1am: DYGL (Japan)

Drinking Boys and Girls Choir are a skate-punk trio from Daegu City, Korea. Formed in 2013 when two drummers MJ and Meena shared a rehearsal space, decided to form a band. Meena switched to Bass and guitarist Bondu (who had just finished his military service) answered their ad.

All three DBGC members write and sing in Korean and English making for a dynamic sonic range embracing melodic hardcore, pop-punk and indie rock. Their songs tackle unreasonable governmental/Police power, the corruption of Park Geun-hye’s government and changes in Korean society with the newly afluent becoming snobbish (“gahp-jil”).

Inspired by Sum41, NOFX and Daegu’s 90’s/00’s hardcore punk/indie-rock scene before it moved to Seoul, the band are very passionate about not moving to the capital and nurturing their local DIY scene.

In 2017 MJ suffered a motobike crash and the band took a hiatus for a year while awaiting her recovery.

The band signed to Damnably Records & Electric Muse in the summer of 2018 to release debut album “Keep Drinking!!” March 8th 2019. DBGC join Otoboke Beaver & Say Sue Me on their “GOLDEN WEEK” 2019 UK Tour then play Liverpool Sound City & The Great Escape Festivals.
We are STEREOGIRL from Tokyo, Japan! We started playing the band from 2014. We are putting out shows mainly in Shimokitazawa, area in Tokyo.

We love PUNK and Alternative Rock music from 1980s to 1990s. Just to name a few, we love Pavement, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Stone Roses, and Television.

If you listen to our music, you can feel the vibes of new wave and pretty sure you will dance to it!

We released a mini album in February, 2018 and it is going strong. To be a little more specific, it has sold more than 1,000 units within 3 months. And we are constantly receiving backorders!

We won the audition and played Summer Sonic 2018 (http://emeets.jp/). They say that more than 3,500 applications came in and we are chosen the last 14 artists for the festival. During the summer, we also played OTODAMA 2018 in Osaka.

Enough said for the festivals, we keep playing shows at smaller venues and yes, we are gathering more and more people every time we play in Japan!

So you had better watch out! Because STEREOGIRL is coming to SXSW 2019 to make people dance!!

DYGL (pronounced “day-glo”) is an indie-rock band from Tokyo, Japan. The band consists member Nobuki Akiyama(vocal&guitar), Kohei Kamoto(drums), Yotaro Kachi(bass), and Yosuke Shimonaka(guitar), who formed in 2012 when they were students in Meiji GakuinUniversity. 

In 2015, they released『EP #1』through audio cassette and the Internet by themselves, which managed to draw music lovers’ attention around the world. In May 2016, after combining all the factors influenced by the general indie-rock, including sound, style, and scale, they completed and released the first EP 『Don’t Know Where It Is』with 6 songs in it. 

In the fifth year since their foundation, they released the first album『Say Goodbye to Memory Den』on April 19, 2017. All the songs in this album are produced by the solo artist/guitarist of The Strokes, Albert Hammond Jr., and the producer of The Strokes, Gus Oberg. In 2018, DYGL released a single “Bad kicks” recorded in UK and it is produced by Rory Attwell. This particularly aggressive song “Bad Kicks” is filled with the energy of leading the band to the next level.

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