SXSW 2010 was a flurry of activity. Challenges of hydration, rest and keeping wits about seem insurmountable...alas, we are all still alive and currently in recovery from the weeks events.
We dropped in on Dallas' Double Wide on Tuesday to meet our gear and the Nervous Wreckords who drove out from San Diego to meet us for the show. Grateful with a tinge of guilt, we met up with our friends who had just endured a 24 hour drive as we had the luxury of flying. I think i probably would have been strangled but there was a part of me that wanted to bitch about airline food or something petty just to exercise the asshole. Don't know why the evil bitch temptress of tease beckons me...I think it's hereditary.
Played the show to shake out the kinks and got a 5 hour nights rest before heading all together into Austin. Traveling between cities with another band of brothers and sister is one of the greatest things we have discovered in our touring experiences. There is always a collective energy and over abundance of happiness and anticipation. With so many creative minds all in one place, the van is usually transformed into a mobile laugh factory as the stories and dirty jokes fly...
Austin welcomed us with sunny skies and familiar faces as we pulled into port to play the San Diego Hoe Down. Discovered an incredible local band by the name of El Ten Eleven. Holy Shit! Two piece that blew my face off when i was least expecting it. Bass and drum duo that creates some amazing loops and rhythms. Look for us playing with them at the Belly Up in April...
The TRANSFER set was a decent one as we made our first musical impression on SXSW. It was nice to see all the San Diego people gather for the hometown support on a fine St. Patrick's Day, (which I had completely forgotten about). It's always a bit of an adjustment to go from our normal night time rock and roll venue element to mid day outdoor festival atmosphere. The show set the precedent for us to connect with some old Austin friends and catch a good buzz as the following day was a freebie.
Saturday's performance at The Obscure Magpie Two Headed Party proved to be the most fruitful for TRANSFER as our people turned out in great force to scream support as we played our set. Followed the set with a well received premier of our new video for the song GET SOME REST, soon to be posted for all to enjoy. Our set was preceded by some of our favorite bands which was the perfect inspiration to deliver. Spindrift, Dead Confederate, Ume, Twin Tigers...it doesn't get much better than that.
After all was said and done we BBQ'd and rode the last day in Austin out style with the second day of the Two Headed Party. Roots, you are our new love! Recipe on them chicken legs must be ancient or Chinese, if not both.
All in all, it was an unbelievable way to punctuate a great experience and a signature Austin stamp. Until next year, we ride on...