**SXSW Spotlight** The Cansecos
The Cansecos are Toronto writing/production duo Bill Halliday and Gareth Jones, with live and studio support from rhythm aces Paul Prince (bass) and “Steely” Dan McCormick (drums). Long time friends, Jones and Halliday’s collaborations are relentlessly in pursuit of the future of electronic rock. Their self-titled debut album (Upper Class Recordings 2003) was created using little more than some outdated, falling-apart computers and a four-track recorder, but the resulting sound, feel, image, is something truly original. The Cansecos experiment with cut-and-paste sampling vs. intriguing pop melodies, live instruments vs. programmed beats, analog mixed with digital, dark ruminations vs. playful humour; merging into an overall blissful electro-rock journey. After two years of intense sound brewing and sonic development, The Cansecos have completed their second full-length album, enlisting Adam Nunn (Radiohead, Air) at Abbey Road Studios to finish off the album. In keeping with their visionary antics, The Cansecos recently marked their return to the music forefront with their self-released disco mix epic “Juiced!”. New tracks include: “Raised By Wolves”, “Fight Yellow” & “Seen The Sun Rise” and are ambitiously blended with original disco jams of the ‘70s. “Juiced!”, available only on the band’s website, and circulated through live shows and blogs has caused a stir. It's available as a free download here. Seriously, how can you go wrong if you name your band after an athlete (a la Gnarls Barkley)? They even have a blog on their website.