White Arrows Fader Fort, Austin TX March 14

White Arrows Fader Fort, Austin TX March 14
For their SXSW set, the five young players behind White Arrows took the Fader Fort stage wearing shades and an unholy mismatch of five of the worst gaudy thrift store shirts you've ever seen. Despite playing a Vampire Weekend brand of indie with subtle touches of those African or Calypso tonalities the aforementioned Brookylnites are famous for, L.A.'s White Arrows rock that much harder, their simple yet on point drummer Henry Church -- 18 years old and just graduated from high school -- keeping things decidedly on track while his brother Mickey Church lent his confident, nasally vocal work. On the final track, the otherwise motionless keyboardist got his groove on a little, as well as provided some falsetto vocals to a slightly disco-tinged number that bore more than a passing resemblance to Candi Staton's '70s hit "Young Hearts Run Free."