Summer Cannibals: “Something New”

Photo by Jason Quigley

Over the next two weeks, the Song of the Day spotlights SXSW 2015 artists. Check back everyday for a free download and show information.

Patti Smith is the guiding light for Summer Cannibals, in both name and spirit. The Portland quartet debuted with No Makeup in 2013, carving out garage-punk territory in a region that’s known for some pretty gnarly bands. But for the new album Show Us Your Mind, Summer Cannibals make a big leap. Like Smith, the band understands the power of a good hook smuggled inside the snarl. The songs swagger now as frontwoman Jessica Boudreaux takes more of the spotlight. “I’ve been looking for something new / To keep my hands busy while I get over you,” she sneers on “Something New,” sounding equally menacing and inviting.

–Art Levy

Monday, March 16: The Volstead, 7 p.m. (free, RSVP here)

Friday, March 20: Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room, 9:00 p.m. (official showcase)

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