Art Brut frontman Eddie Argos and his girlfriend Dyan Valdes (of The Blood Arm) have just announced that the US debut of the curiously named, Everybody Was In The French Resistance… Now!, will take place at this year’s SXSW. Not long after their Texas gigs, Eddie and Dyan will hit the road again for a “proper tour” of the US in the Spring, including a pair of shows at Mercury Lounge (May 12) and Union Hall (May 13). Taking a stab at being culturally relevant, here’s what the Wall St. Journal had to say about the deluge of oddly named bands heading to Austin this year:
The available supply of punchy one- or two-word band names is dwindling. So, many acts are resorting to the unwieldy or nonsensical.
Among more than 1,900 acts expected in March at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, are bands with the names And So I Watch You From Afar, and Everybody Was In the French Resistance…Now! The f-word is part of 100 band names in a media database maintained by Gracenote, a unit of Sony Corp. that licenses digital entertainment technology. [Wall St. Journal]
For some more entertaining information on the band, you can read the UK road musings of David Newton, EWITFRN! “guitarist/musical facilitator” at theyoungintrepid.blogspot.com. Also more directly relevant to the music at hand, you can check out Pitchfork’s unflattering review of EWITFRN’s debut record, Fixing The Charts over here.
Tickets for the Union Hall and Mercury Lounge shows are on sale now. More Everybody Was In The French Resistance… Now! (partially complete) US tour dates and a video after the jump.
Everybody Was In The French Resistance… Now! 2010 US Tour Dates
03/17/10 Galaxy Room @ 1:00 a.m. (Official Showcase) Austin, TX
03/17/10 Creekside Lounge @ 5:15 (Big Texas Jumpstart III) Austin, TX
03/18/10 Spider House @ 4:00 p.m. (AnSo Day Party) Austin, TX
03/19/10 Hotel San Jose @ 1:00 p.m. (South by San Jose Party) Austin, TX
03/19/10 Mohawk @ 4:00 p.m. (Onion AV Party) Austin, TX
05/04/10 Turf Club St Paul, MN
05/07/10 Majestic Cafe Detroit, MI
05/11/10 Great Scott Allston, MA
05/12/10 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
05/13/10 Union Hall Brooklyn, NY
05/14/10 North Star Philadelphia, PA
05/22/10 Emos Austin, TX