|03-22-2005, 09:07 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2004
SXSW kicked ass!!!!
We played 3 times during the week and saturday nights show was at capacity with a line out the door. We recently signed a national distribution deal to have our cd in every Target store in the US. I think April 10th is the release date. Just had to share the news.
03/19/05 – The Dizzy Rooster – Austin, TX
There are some nights when everything goes right. Tonight was one of those nights. The power problems of the previous afternoon had been eliminated and all the bands before us were sounding great. By the time we started our set, the club was filled to its maximum capacity and there was a line of people waiting to get in. Our apologies to those of you that couldn’t get in to see the show.
When the time came for us to start our show, there was a great crowd of enthusiastic fans crowded right up front by the stage. We opened with Opportunity and Sucker Punch back to back and there was no stopping until our set was through. At one point Ben stood on his drum throne while we did a big rock and roll ending but didn’t quite stick the landing when he jumped off. We all turned around to see why the drums had stopped and there was Ben, lying dazed in a heap on the floor. He bounced right back up though and finished the song on his knees.
The event we were playing at tonight was put on by the Austin Indie Alliance, a volunteer organization of local bands and it was a privilege to be a part of it. It was a huge undertaking that required A LOT of time and effort from A LOT of people, including Aaron who had to clear his gear off stage after our set and then go run sound for the next band. Sincere thanks to everybody that pitched in to help make this event a huge success.
Highlight of the evening – Playing one of our best shows ever in front of one of the biggest and best crowds we’ve ever been in front of was such a great feeling. It was a long, tiring week, but it couldn’t have culminated any better for us.
03/18/05 – The Dizzy Rooster – Austin, TX
Playing afternoon shows is always a bit strange when you first take the stage. Something just doesn’t feel quite right about seeing daylight when you look through a club’s windows. Thanks to the fact that 6th Street in Austin is a madhouse during the day with all kinds of musicians and music fans alike during SXSW, we were fired up to have a good crowd assembled by the time we started our set. Playing right before us was our friends The Van, a great Austin band that had learned the day before that they were voted the #4 best new band in the Austin Chronicle’s annual Music Poll. It was great to be able to celebrate with them.
Apparently we are getting fairly adept at improvising when the power goes out during our set. It went off in the middle of two of our songs but Ben and Chris were able to act quickly enough and enlist the crowd’s help in singing along while Aaron reset the breakers. After our set we were able to meet Brian and Stephanie who run our distribution company and were in town for SXSW. Yes, you read correctly – our distribution company. You will be hearing more about this big news in a few weeks, but our CD is to be distributed nationally by the middle of next month!
Highlight of the evening (afternoon) – Parking downtown during SXSW is at premium, even for performers, so Chris decided to make things easy on himself by double parking in front of the club, coming in to play the show, and then leaving right after we got off stage. He didn’t even get a parking ticket!
03/15/05 – The Blind Pig Pub – Austin, TX
A website devoted to the local Austin nightlife scene, atxnightlife.com asked us to play their pre-SXSW warm up party. Not normally a live music venue, the Blind Pig Pub recently built a really nice, big outdoor stage but due to unseasonably cool temperatures, they had us play inside. Since there isn’t a stage indoors, the bands were instructed to set up on the floor towards the back of the bar, right next to the bathrooms. Always the opportunist, Chris ventured inside the women’s room to recruit Nooner girls during one of our songs. For some reason they seemed a bit shocked to see him in their bathroom and opted out of joining us on stage. The cast and crew of The Real World –Austin wandered into the bar while we were playing and Chris and Tim tried valiantly to “accidentally” wander into the camera’s field of view.
Highlight of the Evening – Free drink tickets!