At some point throughout every South by Southwest, most participants ask themselves a version of the question: “Who can I see tonight at a club that is likely to play an arena in a year?” Judging by the queue (and the anticipatory floor) lined up for many Gen Zs at this year’s conference, the answer on Tuesday was pop singer PinkPantheress, who is currently at the top of a string of bouncing TikTok hits. current viral hit “Boys a Liar Pt 2.”
Unfortunately for him and the audience at So Satisfying House, all expectation was dashed: Backed by only one DJ, Pink Pantherress suffered a severe technical problem and a general lack of enthusiasm; His set of super-short garage-era beats from the same y, late ’90s backed by his sugary-sweet vocals was one of the least engaging SXSW buzz sets in memory.
Adding to the general stuffiness, the singer was clearly lip-syncing the entire set, occasionally keeping the mic out while her vocals were echoing at full strength, then speaking at such a low pitch between songs that you had to bend over. try to hear it.
Their songs are notoriously short and are played here almost like a giant joke. After about 90 seconds, one would end, hum a little, and then another would start, with the singer pantomimeing the same moves, lip-syncing the same interval, and doing the same two-step dance as before. They mingled like a passive, bored scroll on the For You screen: Next. Next. Next. Next.
At a festival long known for highlighting both art and showmanship, PinkPantheres’ set was an anomaly, but sadly indicative of the era: all hustle and bustle and no flow, all shining but no shine, all teak – but no tang.