SXSW preview: What Made Milwaukee Famous January 31, 2008Posted by rugwu in Indie Rock, mp3, Photo, SXSW.
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[2005 Austin City Limits taping]
Despite indie audiences’ perennially passionate possessiveness over little known artists, it’s an undeniably beautiful thing when local bands make it big. What Made Milwaukee Famous aren’t yet as famous as say, Spoon or even Okkervil River, but the Austin boys with a Wisconsin moniker are quickly becoming the talk of the town both here and beyond. New single and more after the jump.
After WMMF’s first breakout performance at SXSW in 2005, the band joined Death Cab for Cutie and Rilo Kiley in signing with indie bastion Barsuk records. Since then they’ve played shows with Arcade Fire, The National, The Black Keys and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, gaining priceless cred and currency all the way. WMMF have become known for their ability to walk the spectrum between jaunty sing-alongs like “Sweet Lady” and moody, asymmetrical dystopian pop like “idecide” and their new single “Resistance St.” The latter tendency has earned the young band the most daunting of all comparisons: one which I’ll leave “Up to you.” Whatever future fame and fortune are in store for What Made Milwaukee Famous, if “Resistance St.” is any indication, you’ll want to be watching closely.
What Made Milwaukee Famous will be celebrating the release of their sophomore album What Doesn’t Kill Us at Emo’s on March 7 (the record is officially released on the 4th). Download the first single below.