SXSW 2013: Young Widows @ Red 7 Tone Deaf Touring Showcase 03.15

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Frontman Evan Patterson of Young Widows exuded both a chilled out vibe and aggressive riffs during the band's set at Red 7. Photo: Alexander Ortega

Give a musical equation that describes the band’s sound.
Young Widows = Eagle Twin + Nü Sensae + Coliseum + Thin Lizzy

If you could insert any other musician into the band, who would it be?
I would insert Sigmund Freud, because he is a musician of brains, and maybe he could get the damn bassist, Nick Thieneman, to stop headbanging FOR ONE SONG so I could take a picture of him. Seriously, this dude was hammering out sludgy bass riffs like it was nobody's business, all the while careening his head back and forth. I'd also insert a physician because I'm sure that his neck is about to tear his body away from his head from rocking so hard.

If you were in this band, what would you play?
I would play violin in this band. Their sound consists of Louisville-style rock sludge, and violin would be the perfect addition on top of the grooving bass and auto-clashing guitar melodies.

If you could bite someone's clothing style, whose getup would you steal?
It would be a combination of Theieneman's red-plaid button-up and drummer Jeremy McMonigle's beard (beards are clothes, right?) in conjunction with his hobo-esque aura. As he bobbed back and forth, striking from his tight snare and floor tom to his kick, I wrote in my notes, "Sharp hobo snare."

How was their stage presence?
Young Widows exude a chilled-out vibe to their brand of sludgy hardcore. Their music is intense, with frontman Evan Patterson's guitar riffs chunking out like metal bolts and anvils coming out of a meat grinder, but it's a sort of pensive aggressiveness, like watching volatile chemicals in science. Young Widows are the type of band whose record you throw on and smoke a J to, even though they are noise-rockers imbued with hardcore.

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Frontman Evan Patterson of Young Widows exuded both a chilled out vibe and aggressive riffs during the band's set at Red 7. Photo: Alexander Ortega