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ShockHound’s SXSW Report: Day Four

March 22, 2009

Down the street from Stubb’s, a familiar voice from Emo’s Annex pierced the night air. It was Hot Leg, the new band by Justin Hawkins of the Darkness. Hot Leg play the same kind of campy cock rock he played with his last band, and are as paradoxically unironic — the lyrics might be funny, but the music is completely serious; as Hawkins and bass player Sam Stokes told ShockHound after the set, it’s the kind of “music people want to hear.” The delirious, pogoing, fist-pumping crowd, which at one point carried a soloing Hawkins on its shoulders, was evidence enough.

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