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 FayRoy.

San-Franciscan surf-rock in Austin during March? Hey, why not? Everything goes, especially when a band sounds like they’re playing their very last show every single time they take the stage.

So, I think our second day in Austin was the “authentic” SXSW experience. We went to the outskirts of the city to do a filmed performance with an organization out of New York called DMNR. Had no expectations, no intentions, and showed up to the most decked out badass house and a group of crazy nice welcoming people, who fed us pizza and beers. We played a few of songs and had a totally blast. Then all of a sudden, we got hit up by Katie (our best friend ever and Austin host) with an invite to play an immediate show at Waller Creek Pub in the heart of the city! We did the mad dash, sat in the crazy traffic, and somehow finagled a baller parking spot. We set up and played probably our best show of the whole trip and kicked off a night on the town we won’t soon forget. That sealed the deal for me. It made the trip for real.

The following day was a doozy. It was Friday, St Patrick’s Day, and probably a full moon or something. We walked about 10 miles and snuck into an amazing show at the Mowhawk with the Lemon Twigs and Future Islands headlining. Show was sold out, line around the block, turning away SXSW pass holders and we coincidentally met a friend outside who had a couple +1’s. It was insane. The show was so good, then we partied til about 6am outside of Hotel Vegas.

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