SXSW: Two Omaha bands confirmed

Orenda Fink, left, and Nina Barnes of Harouki Zombi.

Around this time of year, South By Southwest starts sending out preliminary lists of bands. Usually, groups from Nebraska don’t pop up this early.

Today, two made the cut. Tilly and the Wall and Harouki Zombi will both be performing at SXSW.

Harouki Zombi is credited as hailing from “Athens, NE,” which must be a combination of Athens, Ga., and Nebraska.

Have you heard of the group? It’s Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, O+Sl wife of The Faint/Depressed Buttons’ Todd Fink) and Nina Barnes (Apollinaire Rave Art Collective, wife of Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes), a DJ/VJ duo and sort of art performance/musical collaboration.

Here’s the story (via a press release): While watching Orenda’s husband, Todd, DJ on Orenda and Todd’s last night in town, Orenda turned to Nina and said “Let’s be fucking DJs” Nina said “Yes! But let’s do it dressed as geishas.” Orenda agreed and Harouki Zombi was born.”

They’ve done some big shows, which includes a cast of zombie geishas that interact with the crowd.

If you’re interested in the troupe, the video for “Harouki Swamp Theme” premiered on Rolling Stone. You can download the song, too.

Anyway, that’s two bands down for SXSW. Add one journalist (that’s me!). Now, who else?

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