Senior Writer Jesse Richman had the chance to catch up with Candy Hearts at SXSW this past March for a fantastic interview. Jesse and Mariel discussed SXSW, the reception to their EP, Violently Happy Records, further music, and more. Check it all out below!
Alright Mariel from Candy Hearts, how are you doing?
How has SXSW been treating you so far?
‘South By’ has been great. We’ve been here a couple of days. We have eaten some tacos, and we saw Paramore, which is awesome, and we saw Tegan And Sara. And we played a showcase by a pool; it was really fun.
This is the first time you’ve been here? How was the showcase?
This is the first time we’ve been to Austin. The showcase was great! There were a lot of people there, it was really fun, and there were dollar beers which I know my band really liked… I liked how our set went.
So you did that one and you just played here at the Bridge Nine showcase. I know you’ve got one more tonight. Is that it for you guys at SXSW?
Yep. Those three. Then tomorrow we’re heading to Tulsa.
Did you have a chance to catch any other bands? I know you said you caught the Paramore and Tegan And Sara shows.
We watched Pentimento, they’re on tour with us right now. They played after us at the Topshelf showcase. So we saw them – that’s really it. We weren’t in Austin yesterday, we played a show in San Antonio.
How was that? Rushing out of here and rushing back like that?
It was a nice break. It was a really cool show – we actually got our first encore ever. We were pretty psyched on it.
That’s awesome. So you guys have been out for two weeks now?
Yeah we’ve been out for two weeks and we have three more.
How’s it been going so far? How’s the turnout been? The reception?
It’s been good. We’ve been headlining a lot of the dates, which has been really fun. People seem to know the words.
POZ: Are you switching off as headliners? How does that work?
We’re all switching off as headliners. Headlining is something new to me that I like. Especially when people know the words and everyone’s having fun.
So you guys and Allison [Weiss] and Pentimento are all very different sounding groups. How is that working in terms of the crowd coming out? Are you seeing people who know all three of you? Are there a lot that are just there for one?
It’s interesting because I thought our band was kind of in the middle between Allison Weiss and Pentimento…
POZ: That’s funny, that’s exactly what Allison said.
There have been a lot of people there for us and Allison, and a lot of people there for us and Pentimento. But I feel like there aren’t a lot of people there just for Allison and Pentimento, because I feel like they are different genres.
So the tour has three weeks left. How are you guys holding up? That’s a long haul.
We’re fine. I was really sick when we started. The day we started I got the flu. We had to cut some of our set short. We really should have cancelled, I was too sick to play. But we played it and people were really supportive and nice. And then I spent two days in a hotel room being unable to move because I was so sick. But then I started taking antibiotics to feel a little better, and now I feel fine. I haven’t lost my voice yet. I thought yesterday – we were, like, screaming a lot. The show was really loud. So we were screaming a lot and I thought I was going to lose it. Haven’t lost it yet.