Senior Writer Jesse Richman had the chance to catch up with Pentimento at SXSW this past March. Jesse and the band discussed SXSW, Panic Records, new music, touring, and much more. Check it all out below!
First off, can I get your names and what you do in the band?
Mike: I’m Mike and I play the drums.
Jeramiah: I’m Jeramiah; I play the guitar and sing.
Lance: I’m Lance, I play the guitar.
Vinny: I’m Vinny. I play the bass.
So this was your second show at SXSW, right? How did last night’s go?
Mike: Yes, sir. Last night was a party. It was a little overwhelming because we had never done anything like this before; the closest we’ve come is like FEST which is…
POZ: Slightly different.
Mike: A liiiittle bit different than FEST.
Jeramiah: Loading in and parking and trying to drive into the city was much different than we expected it was going to be.
Mike: Everywhere I looked it was like a circus exploded onto the city streets. It was very cool. It’s very different but a great vibe all around. We saw some incredible stuff happen right before our eyes last night. It made me feel like there was magic in the air. So it was really cool!
POZ: What did you see?
Mike: Dude, oh my God! So there’s a guy rapping on top of a van. And down the street from him there’s this little two-piece blues-y type band. So instead of competing with one another to see who could be louder, they just started jamming together. The guitar player and the drummer just started playing with his pre-recorded beats. He was rapping; everybody was dancing in the street. It was one of the coolest things ever. We met some incredible people, I met the singer from Punchline; I’ve been a Punchline fan for a long time so that was cool. I don’t know man, but like I said the vibe in downtown Austin was incredible.
Jeramiah: And we played the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. All of the guys who run that are out of the Cleveland area. They were really great dudes with their heads in the right place.
POZ: Who else was on that bill?
Jeramiah: This band called Northern Faces was actually on it. It was our first time seeing them, from Albany. They were awesome. And Laura Stevenson also headlined for the night. There was a bunch of great bands, can’t recall the names but it was all really good artists, for sure.
Mike: And that’s the exciting thing about these showcases is that it’s like every single bill is so different and everybody just kills it. Not to put anybody down for what they do, musically, but I have not seen one band that I didn’t like. Whether it was at a showcase or just walking around and checking out what was going on. I just can’t believe the intense feeling that I get from walking around the block. I’ve seen like seven bands within my .5 mile walk that I just took. It’s crazy stuff.
Do you have a band that you’re planning on checking out while you’re here?
Jeramiah: We, unfortunately, tonight we have to go to San Antonio for a show there tomorrow and then we come back and do two shows on Saturday. So sure enough, it’s another festival that we cannot see anybody; we just have to play and drive in the van. But we’re sticking around the Top Shelf Showcase to watch all the bands tonight.
Mike: We’ve been lucky enough to roll in early because of the parking situation to see some of the other really cool bands that have been on the showcase. Today especially. Every single band that played was incredible. And it was awesome to see Candy Hearts, who we’re on tour with right now, a little bit out of their element as well, get a great response. They sounded awesome tonight. That was cool too.
How’s the tour been going so far?
Jeramiah: It’s fun. Allison Weiss and her band are awesome. I think that everyone that’s listening [reading] should listen to that band.
POZ: She’s from Brooklyn. I’m from New York, so I’ve seen her a bunch of times.
Jeramiah: The shows have been really cool. We’ve met a lot of great people and most importantly, watching the music every night has been really, really awesome. It’s been great so far. We’re in Texas and it’s snowing in Buffalo…