Sphynx – “Sha Dynasty”
Maybe I just needed to crack a smile after a slew of serious SXSW bands. Sphynx is an indie power pop band from Austin with so much brightness, you’ll have to squint your eyes. Equally indie rock and electronic pop, Sphynx’s catchy vibe could be really infectious in a live setting. Sphynx are perfect for fans who need some sugar in their rock, coming somewhere in between Weezer and Passion Pit in terms of energy and quirky songwriting. Most of their songs have mainstream appeal, but I think Sphynx are at their best when they’re willing to experiment into sounds a little left-of-center. The band only has an EP to their name, but they released the single “Sha Dynasty” late last year, so here’s hoping they’ll have a proper LP out sometime in 2012.