La Vida Boheme had quite a week at this year’s SXSW in Austin. Not only performing at the Nacional Records Showcase, LVB put on an amazing show at the NPR and Billboard showcases, and then headed down the road to perform at the Echale Festival in San Antonio on the same weekend.
On Thursday, La Vida Boheme was featured in the official showcase of NPR, who had selected their debut record ‘Nuestra’ as one of NPR’s top 100 albums of 2011.
When I saw this band at NPR’s day party at the Parish, I flashed to seeing The Clash in 1979. It was the fierceness, the original sound, the hodgepodge of styles — it was the clash of cultures and sound. La Vida Boheme are from Caracas, Venezuela. Their music doesn’t mimic The Clash, but it does have that fresh vision. Live, the four men dressed in white, splattered from head-to-toe in blue and green paint, which made for a stunning visual, sure, but their segue from song-to-song and style-to-style was the real surprise. It was also cohesive and commanding.
Watch to the full video of La Vida Boheme’s concert at NPR.
NPR’s Steven Thompson reviewed the show, check out his words below:
“Backs to the stage, shirts drenched and spattered with blue paint, La Vida Boheme opened NPR Music’s SXSW day party in kinetically jumpy style Thursday, setting the tone for an afternoon of genre-jumping surprises. By the time the Venezuelan dance-rock band hit the “gabba gabba hey” bit in the chorus of the set-opening “Radio Capital,” it was clear that nuance would curl up and take a backseat to chant-along charm and stage-shaking energy.
A boundlessly gleeful young band, La Vida Boheme invigorates Latin rock with the grit and viscera of punk and the churning drive of dance music. The result synthesizes entire cultures and genres to form a hard-driving, paint-splattered party. What could be better?”
La Vida Boheme also performed at the Billboard showcase (pictured above), which was reviewed at Univision, Austin 360, and Billboard. They also played a very rare acoustic (and unpainted) performance for La Banda Elastica, seen below.
After SXSW it was off to San Antonio for the Echale Music Festival, which the San Antonio Current reviewed:
“I don’t recall a locally unknown rock en español band being greeted with such enthusiasm before. The following video was taken during Venezuela’s La Vida Bohème’s second song. I hope these guys come back soon.”
Next stop was VIVE LATINO in Mexico City on Sunday March 25.