SXSW Show Times:
Mar 18 11:00P - Merge Records Official Showcase @ Cedar St. Courtyard
Mar 19 3:45P - Home Slice Pizza, Music by the Slice, FREE NO RSVP!
Mar 20 12:00P - Brooklyn Vegan party @ Galaxy Room NOON
Mar 20 2:00P - Stereogum Party @ The Parish w/ Ben Gibbard, the morning benders
What do like most about playing at SXSW?
Catching up with friends. Despite the chaos, it's nice to have the chance to see so many people all at once.
Are you out promoting anything?
Right after SXSW we'll be kicking off a nationwide tour with our friends and Austin natives Shearwater. They have a new record on the way and it's excellent. At some point in the spring we'll also be releasing a new EP, more info on that forthcoming.
Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?
I try to go into the week with few expectations, because it's hard to know what's really possible in your schedule until you're in the middle of it. If something incredible happens itself into my path, it's all the better if it's unexpected.
What are the challenges in playing at SXSW?
I mean...it's obviously a total clusterfuck, and it's really hard to focus on the task at hand when you're trying to adhere to a tight schedule.
Do you have any survival tips?
Don't forget to eat.
Are you more "stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene" or "play as many shows as possible then get out"?
It depends. I'm certainly open to having great, positive experiences at a place like SXSW, but sometimes my system can only take so much excess. If I'm feeling overwhelmed by the spectacle, I'm not going to force myself. 5 days is a long time. Do what you feel, y'know?