When I booked Humans and Young Empires back-to-back at Day 1 of The Burning Ear SXSW parties I knew it would be a good pairing but never knew that the two bands would vibe so hard they would end up touring together. Thursday night I felt like a proud father. Two band’s from my motherland of Canada rocking socks in my hometown. Humans kicked off the fun with Robbie’s awesome vocals wrapping around the surging grooves as the room started moving. Young Empires followed up with a rocking set of their tropical “haute rock” that was about as tight as they come. These guys deliver the goods every time. Just watching drummer Taylor left hand those cowbells is worth the price of admission.
I don’t want to sound hyperbolic but this show easily goes down as one of the years best. What a combo! If you live anywhere near the cities below don’t miss the party. When you say hi to the guys make sure you buy ’em a dirty ashtray from me.
July 7 – DENVER – HI DIVE
July 9 – KANSAS CITY – THE RIOT ROOM
July 10 – CHICAGO – EMPTY BOTTLE
July 12 – BROOKLYN – GLASSLANDS GALLERY
July 13 – PHILADELPHIA – KUNG FU NECKTIE
July 15 – OTTAWABLUESFEST – W/THE WEEKND
July 27 – GUELPH – HILLSIDE FESTIVAL