SXSW 2013: Fuck It, Let’s Dance @ Salvage Vanguard Theater 03.14

Posted March 18, 2013 in

FALD vocalist Nico Cham put on a great show to a stiff crowd. Photo: Esther Merono

How did you hear about the band?
Truthfully, I had seen their name on the schedule and thought it was a silly band name, but never looked them up to see if I'd dig them. They're an indie pop band from Hamburg, Germany, and happened to play in the same venue between Whirr and Sound Mass, whom I had traveled there to see specifically. I'm glad I stuck around instead of taking the food break I was pondering (though I did step out for a mojito popsicle).

How was their stage presence?
These guys KILLED it! Let me explain the seating situation first: So the Salvage Vanguard Theater looks like a community theater with a bigger auditorium on one side and makeshift stadium seating, and a small, black box theater with a similar set up on the other side. FALD (that's kind of a weird acronym now that I type it out) played in the bigger auditorium, and the three-piece looked like little microbes on a slide under a microscope, completely miniaturized by the vastness of the room compared to the size of their setup. Not only that, but their audience was sitting down, and the band is called Fuck Art, Let's Dance… Needless to say, none of us were dancing, which was probably pretty disheartening. Regardless of the totally stiff, American vibes we were putting off, FALD didn't let it affect their energy level. Singer Nico Cham danced enough for all of us, jumped off the bass drum and even came into the stands to kick up his heels. Europeans––gotta love 'em.

If you had to murder one band member, who?
Probably the other guitarist, because compared to the vocalist and frantic drummer, Tim Hansen, he seemed to be standing still. I'm sure he was providing necessary musical elements, but the show and the chemistry was definitely between Nico and Tim.

Did the music make you want to mosh, close your eyes and sway, or something in between?
DANCE! But I wasn't drunk enough to join Nico in his donkey kicks.

Most memorable moment?
Their music was a little generic for my taste, but I'd love to see them in a club setting, because Nico's energy was definitely notable. They also seemed like fun guys to hang with. Nico attempted to make conversation with us in a thick German accent, telling us a little bit about the scene in Hamburg and comparing it to 6th Street, making jokes about how the weather here allowed him to pull out his tank tops and get a tattoo. "True Blue Tattoo, have you guys heard of it? I hope it's a good one…" he said.

FALD vocalist Nico Cham put on a great show to a stiff crowd. Photo: Esther Merono