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 Molehill.

The Chicago-based band recently released a two-song EP,  Hearts on Fire, which is only a microcosm of their eclectic sound. Progressive rock? Check. Electro-rock? Check. Alternative ’90s rock? Got that, too. Art-rock? But of course. And just as varied their approach is, their time in Austin was equally as fascinating.

Going to Rainey Street for the first time. It was crazy just finding the place and figuring out where to park and everything – about a 2-hour process from parking north of 6th Street to checking in to loading our gear to finally parking by the venue. The venue was at capacity with a line down the block a full hour before our set though, so it was worth it!

Playing large-format jenga with the guys from the Noise FM at Minibar after their set on 6th Street Friday night. My team thought we won, but video evidence after the fact showed that a stranger may have bumped Greg from behind when he made the decisive tower-ruining move.

Watching Minus the Bear play a free show at Noon in the Waterloo Records parking lot, then getting a text from a friend that The Dig were playing the Whole Foods rooftop right across the street – talk about convenient! We went up there and jammed out for a while and then circled the rooftop grabbing free samples. I must have drank 5 bottles of coconut water and 3 bottles of cold brew coffee.

Having a DAY OFF on Thursday between 2 days of shows. We got to enjoy the atmosphere and not worry about lugging gear or parking for a whole day.

Maybe the most noticeable thing this time around was how much better we’ve gotten at playing SXSW. It was our 3rd year down there, and we’re just traveling a lot lighter, bringing less gear, getting to venues earlier, knowing where we can and can’t park, not pushing ourselves too hard. Seems like we’re actually learning something!

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