Do not believe the articles that tell you that during SXSW the entire of the city was stormed by music groups, concerts, jams sessions, improvisations, showcases, etc. Despite having an extravagant festival in Austin, there were several neighborhoods where one did not hear any music, where the only sound heard in the afternoon is that of a lawn mower bustling on the square of a residential lawn. It is in one of these neighborhoods that we found Nick Waterhouse and his group set up. In the streets, we came across two, three, fifty Latinos chatting on a street corner.
The suburb was ours, including the school in across, closed with a deserted parking lot.
Nick Waterhouse is known for his retro obsession. Everything in his music has to be dated: the recordings, the amps, the microphones, the use of saxophones adding to his rhythm, as well as the glasses and the high buttoned shirts used in press photos. It is not a gimmick. It was really hot that day and Nick did not have anything else but receive us and play for us. But he was there standing upright with shirt buttoned, pleated trousers, varnished moccasins, and hair slicked to the side. He leaded a team without many words, playing millimetric, yet, elastic music. Rigorous Groove.