SXSW Look Back
It takes about 27 hours to get to Austin, TX from Toronto. It’s a long drive, especially when you b-line it there in two days. It was completely worth it though. Austin during SXSW is the most musically receptive place that we’ve ever been. There are thousands and thousands of people there, every one of them present for the music.
We got to be around other amazing Canadian bands like Mother Mother, City and Colour, Dinosaur Bones, Frankie Whyte and the Dead Idols, Royal Canoe, Lindi Ortega, Imaginary Cities etc., and get some vitamin D by shedding our winter parkas. It was also wild seeing our posters all around the main strip. Grassroots marketing at its best.
On our way back north we stopped in Memphis, TN, to take in some southern fare at Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken, and the take a tour of Sun Studios. Sun Studios!! The birthplace of rock n’ roll.
After Memphis, we headed to Louisville, KY, where we were welcomed with open arms by the fine folks at The Rudyard Kipling. They know how to treat traveling bands! We were well fed and well drank. It was the perfect atmosphere for our very first acoustic set.
… But that only came after an impromptu rehearsal in the parking lot out back…
Then it was off to Pittsburgh, PA, and NYC. Arlene’s Grocery in NYC was one of the coolest clubs we’ve ever played. The sound was great and there was tons of vibe… and it was New York!
Then it was just a short 9-hour drive home!
Can’t wait to do it again!
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