APEX MANOR at Home Slice Pizza at SXSW. Rating: NNNN
Two of life's greatest pleasures - music and pizza - collided beautifully up on south Congress in a parking lot adjacent to a pie parlor called Home Slice.
After stuffing back a few succulent slices of New York-style ‘za, we settle in to check out rootsy L.A. songwriter and Merge Records artist, Ross Flourney, aka Apex Manor.
There were grumblings in the audience about the cops threatening to shut down the party due to noise levels, which seemed ludicrous considering we could clearly hear a band blasting away at a venue across the busy car-filled street.
But when Flourney and his mates mounted the stage with acoustic guitars, our no-rockin' fears were confirmed. This, however, turned out to be an interesting turn of events as the band played an unrehearsed unplugged show, their first ever.
Did they pull it off? Incredibly well. The former Broken West singer played a couple tunes off his recent debut, the wonderfully-titled The Year of Magical Drinking, including a song called Teenage Blood, which he confessed to writing about his debauched SXSW experience from last year.
The set that had an early 70s, Eagles vibe, though w hen he's amped up Apex Manor is more of a power pop sound. He then turned the mic over to his bandmates before reclaiming the spotlight for a cover of Fleetwood Mac's I Know I'm Not Wrong, finished off the afternoon engagement like a final slice of delicious pizza pie.