With the festival fast approaching, everyone has their own fiery opinion on the merit and enjoyability of SXSW. Indie-rock underdog, Brett Newski, put his opinion to a melody and called it, “I Don’t Wanna Go To SXSW“. Despite what the title might imply, Newski thrives in the DIY touring environment that has surrounded his SXSW adventures. “This is a love song for Austin, TX, ” says Newski. “It is dedicated to all the bands out there sleeping in rat nests, living in stanky cars and cutting their teeth.”
Brett Newski will, infact, be heading to SXSW this year to play Stephen F’s Bar (701 Congress Ave) at 8:00pm – Saturday, March 18th. If you’re heading down, go watch him singlehandedly keep the DIY spirit of the festival alive!
“I Don’t Wanna Go To SXSW’ is part of Brett Newski’s upcoming LP The Worst of Brett Newski out April 28th. The album crawls into the minds of our society picking apart the displeasures of outdated ideologies – whether it’s talking about politics (“Make America Great Again“), materialism (“Black Friday Totally Sucks“), or even “manly macho-ism” stereotypes (“Bro Country“). The Worst of Brett Newski provides much-needed commentary in volatile times.
Coming off his most recent album Land, Air, Sea, Garage, which was an exploration of powerpop and indie rock melodies, Newski has changed his tone on this album to a more raunchy folk-punk sound, resonating with the listener by critiquing society’s faults through humor. His sarcastic disposition shines through in the first track “Bro Country” which mocks alpha male country pop stars in a catchy chorus saying, “Kurt Cobain’s a pussy, Taylor Swift is the man”. The appropriately-timed paean to the Austin-based Springtime music convention, “I Don’t Wanna Go To SXSW” changes the pace of the record by skewering the maligned-as-of-late festival in his classic charmingly self-effacing Newski style. The hilarious song “Fuck You Spotify” snarkily addresses the deterioration of the music industry business model of streaming revenue.
The Worst of Brett Newski will be independently released on April 28, 2017.