We hosted a SXSW rager with Black Iris Records, so we asked the bands playing our show to let us peep their trip to Austin. Here, Alex Casnoff of HARRIET remembers highlights from the trip:
There are 13-hundred and 80 miles between Los Angeles and Austin, but there's not much more than one landscape between here and there. The humidity rises once you reach Austin. There’s a river surrounded by trees and parks, but as serene as that sounds, SXSW is not built for relaxation. Somebody told me 300,000 people come into Austin for the festival. 6th street, which is more or less the epicenter, is a pretty good approximation of Bourbon St. in N’Orleans. There is an endless number of bars and venues, and every one is packed. There are 25-hundred bands at SXSW, all coming to Austin looking for something, the way a small town kid comes to L.A. We played nine shows in four days, which, compared to some of our friends, wasn’t even that crazy, but I can tell you my feet hurt like hell at the end of every night.
Some of the highlights:
•Mikal Cronin— Amazing energy, great songs
•War On Drugs— Lush soundscaped psych-folk
•Chairlift— Amazing live, beautiful voice, beautiful girls
•Taco Tote — El Paso, best salsa bar I’ve ever seen
•Sam’s BBQ — Austin, amazing, and I’m pretty sure they got shut down a couple weeks ago for selling stolen meat, which makes me like them more
•Whole Foods —We went there five times, it’ll blow your mind; the original and biggest.
•Switched On— Amazing vintage synth store. We bought a casio CZ-101.
We got to play the White Iris showcase as the sun was setting. It was a great show, with a ton of cool bands. We got to play with our friends Superhumanoids. It’s always nice to have friends when you’re far from home, especially ones in great bands. Fidlar blew us away with their raw energy. If they kept that up for the whole week, it was a feat.