From Chris Browder:
Sxsw 1: we finish the drive and arrive at the gypsy lounge for the top shelf records showcase. I’m immediately overwhelmed by how many people we know are there, try to talk to everyone but there’s just so many. We take some cool promo photos, robin and I walk into the shit to get some kimchi burritos and hang in the Hilton lobby, just like old times. Go back and get some hanging in before we play, the room is tiny and packed and awesome and we sound like a rock band. Hellogoodbye plays in their undies, we get to sleep at 4.
Neversaynever fest: we wake up at 6 to drive to mission, overtired always feels worse than I remember, I drink about 20 caffeinated drinks, the fest is hot and dusty, mostly screamo bands, I’m convinced no one will watch us, our merch and van are right next to we are the in crowd. We play and people actually watch, dan from young statues is filling in on drums and he sounds great, but its hard to hear anything because the hardcore band on the stage next to us is louder than we are. Oh well, its fun and we wear sunglasses and kids are really nice and responsive afterwards.
Sxsw 2: sleeping in feels better than ever, robin and I go to target for like 3h and it feels great to do normal things, at night we play at mellow mushroom and it is so much fun and every band we’ve ever met is there, including my bb’s in now now and slingshot Dakota. We go to a diner with them afterwards and eat nachos and it feels great to catch up.