are a pretty intense crew. Not in their everyday interactions, mind you. We've had the chance to work with several members on solo endeavors over the years. We found guys like SIMS
to be polite, down-to-earth, and amicable...sweethearts, really. But something happens when they occupy a stage, when Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger start pummeling the crowd with their hefty blue-collar beats and cinematic, yet menacing soundtracks, when 5 MCs assault the audience with verse after blistering verse. It can be a lot to take in.
Doomtree recently swung by our drizzly shindig at Empire in Austin TX. They showed up early, hung out, hit the stage, proclaimed that "early afternoon SXSW is killing it right now, turned in an extremely enthusiastic performance, and then milled about in the rain for another hour or so watching (and tweeting at) some of the other bands taking the stage that day. On "No Way", from their 2011 debut, No Kings
, the crew proclaims, "Attack! And we're on you like a Mack Truck, and well...that's pretty much what this glitchy, hyper-active Garage Gig feels like.