Raleigh, North Carolina
SXSW Show Times:
Wednesday at 11pm at Brooklyn Vegan showcase and Thursday at 1:40pm at the Billions party.
What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Watching other bands play, not having to drive anywhere the next day, and getting to hang out with friends in other bands. Also the weather. Also the upstairs deck at the Mohawk. Also the free drinks.
Are you out promoting anything?
We have a new video coming out for "Northern Lights," a song off our newest album, "Upper Air," which was released last summer. We have been touring pretty much nonstop for more than a year in support of that album, and this will be our last tour before taking a break for a while.
Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
In alphabetical order:
Antlers, Basia Bulat, Bear in Heaven, Broken Social Scene, Califone, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Cave Singers, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Deer Tick, Frightened Rabbit, Hammer no more the Fingers, Japanther, Lost in the Trees, The Love Language, Midlake, Sarah Jaffe, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Sleepy Sun, Sharon Van Etten, Wye Oak, The XX.
What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
Well, the last time we played was in 2008, and that year we played maybe six shows, so we were scrambling around the whole time and didn't have much time to check out the other bands. This year we have scaled back a bit, which means it will be a lot more relaxed. The biggest challenge will probably be trying not to start taking shots until after our nighttime show is over. We'll see how that goes.
Do you have any survival tips?
Eat at that healthy Korean place for every meal, to counteract all the debauchery you are likely to be undertaking. Get the bibimbap. Drink lots of bubble tea and water. Play a hipster drinking game, like drink every time you see someone wearing neon, or Ray Bans, or whatever the hipster thing is this year. Take a break at some point to go swimming in those little rivers where you can camp out. Bring Emergen-C, a reusable water bottle, and comfortable shoes. Try not to take it personally if ten people come to your show. Try not to get drunk at your show unless ten people come.
But really, we love a party, and so playing SXSW is sort of a survival tip on its own, making your whole tour more fun and worth it.
Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
I think we have already answered that. We stick around.