Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including QTY.

Dan Larder and Alex Niemetz made an emphatic introduction last fall with their single, “Rodeo“, which hinted at ’70s and ’80s rock. They’ve since released a couple of other singles, but their classic-rock approach was enough to secure them spots at the various showcases at SXSW. However, as the band shows, going to Austin does take its toll and has its costs.

After driving 25 hours from NYC, we were lucky enough to stop in Dallas for Peter’s birthday. Champagne was poured and memories made. That same night, we caught our friend Mykki Blanco playing at Club Dada, crashed at a swanky discount hotel room, and made our way to Austin in the morning. After arriving at our new home away from sweet home, the Motel 6 with the Denny’s, we rolled to Sidewinder to play our first showcase for Secret Sounds / Splendor in the Grass. We had a lot of fun playing the show and met our new SXSW running partners/favorite band/BFFs, Dream Wife!

In a post-show haze, the Australian promoter assured us that we’d be playing down under in the following year and then we ended up back at the place where we truly felt at ease – our Motel 6 room. We hung out with our friends: Kayla from Denny’s, Mindy from the gas station, and our secretive neighbors from room 204 down the hall. We spent the next handful of days playing the rest of our shows and sweating all our toxins out in the Austin sun.

Thanks to Dirty Hit, Bumble, Beehive, DIY, Maggie Maes, the prick that towed our van, anyone who came to see us, and the stampede caused from someone running into a wall and yelling that they’d been shot. We’ll remember it all fondly. SXSW, see you next year or see you in hell!

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