Wales Rocks Austin at SXSW 2011

The British Music Embassy always sets up at Latitude 30, and they never, ever disappoint. Today’s showcase of bands from the little country of Wales is no exception to the rule, and the three bands I saw there this morning were AWESOME! And so was the free food and open bar… God I love the Brits!

Welch band Bright Light Bright Light playing at Latitude 30 at SXSW 2011 in Austin Tx

Bright Light Bright Light

The first band I caught today was Bright Light Bright Light, fronted by songwriter Rod Thomas. With awesome vocals, a terrific stage show and great songs, this band really delivered.

The next Welch band showcased by the British Music Embassy was The Last Republic featuring Aron Harris -  Drums and Percussion,
David Llewellyn – Keyboards/ Synths/ Fx,
Dafydd Anthony  -  Lead  Guitar/FX,
Jonnie Owen -  Lead Vox /Rhythym  Guitar, and
Joey  Daniels – Bass Guitar  / Bass Synth.

Welch band  The Last Republic playing at Latitude 30 at SXSW 2011 in Austin Tx

The Last Republic

Lead vocalist Jonnie Owen provided amazing soaring vocals that pierce the soul.  This is a voice I could listen to for hours.  Bassist Joey Daniels puts on an awesome show, rocking and dancing all over the stage like a madman. David Llewellyn played some gorgeous melodic riffs on the keyboard, adding real depth and emotion to The Last Republic’s performance.

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