Roots rock gets sexy: The intimate, indie-inspired sounds of Canada's Whitehorse
Featured track: "Devil's Got A Gun" from The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss
Country/City of origin: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
In one sentence: A breed of roots rock that diverges from clean harmonies and folky hooks, juxtaposing country chops against inventive, indie sampling and electronic loops.
Why we chose them: On stage, Whitehorse is electric. The duo is like an edgier, dirtier version of The Civil Wars, but with no theatrics, and real chemistry. They pull you into the intimacy of their performance without waving arms and tricky vocal arrangements. Whitehorse is sexy, gritty and passionate, with hard-hitting beats and techniques that fall outside of the roots movement.
SXSW official show: Friday, March 15 at Friends