Second day at SXSW.
The highlight of this second day was, without a doubt, getting to see another of my favorite current bands live. I am speaking of Upset, the band comprised of Ali Koehler, Jennifer Prince, and Patty Schemel. They performed at the Side Bar on East 7th today. The line was long, but it moved at a decent clip despite the one-in, one-out policy. I made it in after missing only the first song or two.
They had a guest bassist - Rachel Gagliardi, of the band Slutever - and the four of them absolutely kicked ass, despite Ali coming down with a head cold as they arrived in Austin. She powered through (no doubt helped by a combination of tequila and the Lone Star beer she was chugging), and Upset proceeded to demolish the Side Bar one rampaging overdriven song after another. As Ali held down the rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Jennifer’s lead guitar was roaring and Patty showcased why she’s considered one of the great rock drummers.
At the end, they did a cover of a song I didn’t recognize. Ali set her guitar down and did these loud crazed vocals while finishing off a beer. At the beginning, something happened, and she fell over backwards, but shook it off pretty quickly. It was all very punk rock, and awesome.
Upset totally kicks ass, and you should see them if they come near you. And pick up their debut album, *She’s Gone*. It’s greatness.