photo by eugene hernandez
“Your my best friend. And then you died,” moaned Jonathan Pierce, on stage after 1 a.m. at SXSW last night, singing a song that he said was about his best friend. The track is called, simply, “Best Friend.” In person, his voice sounded deeper than it plays on the video (below), giving it an almost Peter Murphy quality. Of course the tune plays against that, despite its darker literal and figurative themes.
Either way, there’s certainly an 80s influence that’s quite pronounced in the songs the staged and performed last night. It was a strong, brief set. The band will be on the bill tonight at Stubb’s here in Austin, effectively opening for Scissor Sisters.
The music video for “Best Friend”: