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 Someday River.

Three-piece indie-psych band, making folk music of the Florida kind. For aliens, apparently.

I would be hard pressed to sum up my experience in Austin to any specific moment. There were certainly distinct high and low points, but any hindrance was far surpassed by the good. Honestly, when we drove into the city and arrived at our new home for the week, we were elated (after having slept in the van the 2 nights prior). We had the most gracious hosts, our friends Katie and Austin, who put us up all week. They are proper Austinites who we have to thank for such a phenomenal SXSW experience. We camped in their yard and woke up each (late) morning to the sound of Texan Blackbirds (whose songs were particularly strange I came to notice).

On our first night in town, we performed at Fine Southern Gentleman for the Oskar Blues SXSW kickoff party. Set up in a print-making warehouse, we had bats circling in the building as we performed under swirling lights. After the show, we went to Hotel Vegas for an assumed wild time. Upon arriving, it was completely sold out; no one was being let in. Katie gave us a sort of poke-and-wink and led us in the backdoor where she “knew somebody”. Heavy synths were radiating once inside, and I commented on the intensity of the “vibes mann”. Kyle then informed me it was the band SURVIVE who had written the Stranger Things soundtrack. What a beautiful surprise.

The next day, we did an in-studio video performance with DMNDR. It was an exciting experience for us. The staff were amazing. Their AirBnB-turned-studio was gorgeous, and they treated us so well (love you guys!). After finishing the shoot, we received a message from Oskar Blues Brewery asking us back to play ASAP at a venue downtown called Waller Creek Pub House. We were psyched to tag on another show in such an impromptu fashion. It seemed so…. south-by. Haha!

There were several friends and fellow Floridians in town: Veiny Hands (St. Pete) and Plastic Pinks (Miami). We got to see them play pretty much every day in some form or another. Really made for a hometown-in-Austin feel that helped us acclimatize quickly to the SXSW setting.

We got to catch up with our old friends in Bright Light Social Hour and made new pals with Austin bands Walker Lukens and Calliope Musicals (Austin’s Band of the Year!), who both put on insane and inspiring performances. Somehow managed to get guest spots into an extremely coveted (sold-out) performance at Mohawk with Lemon Twigs and Future Islands! We saw an incognito Andrew W.K. and an extremely recognizable Nardwuar; unknowingly walked into Matthew Vasquez (Delta Spirit, Middle Brother) performing rambunctiously with his band; and ate nothing but tacos the entire time in Texas and never grew tired of them. SXSW, see you next year?

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