The Untitled Interview #19 - SXSW Edition: Starring Allison Apperson (Hot Lava)

All the bands I've been posting about in relation to SXSW are bands that I love. That much is pretty clear. But this band, friends, this band I not only love, but have something in common with. That thing is Richmond. I had been hearing for weeks that Hot Lava would be at SXSW, but until I saw their name posted on the official, ever-growing list of bands, I didn't want to believe it. But the rumors are true, and Hot Lava will be repping Richmond something fierce down there in Austin.

If you're not familiar with Hot Lava, please rectify that as soon as possible. My fellow River City residents make sweet'n'sour, poppy dance nuggets of awesome, and they are sure to get those industry types dancing up a sweat next month. Having seen them live, I can vouch for their abilities to make the people dance. So if you're heading to SXSW, make sure to pencil Hot Lava in on your schedule. And without further ado, the musings of Allison Lava.

Les Enfants Terribles: How are you getting to SXSW: plane, train, or automobile?
Allison Apperson: We're going with a friend in his Ford Explorer (Exploader), the ol' band van would never make it out there, but hopefully this one will. We're playing shows on the way down so it'll be a couple day trek.

LET: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
AA: A toothbrush, its' gross but it's true. Don't talk to me if we meet in Texas, seriously.

LET: How many showcases/parties will you be playing?
AA: We're playing the Bar/None records show case and then a couple of parties. One of the parties is with some old buddies from Richmond so we're all looking forward to that.

LET: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
AA: I'd like to see Mirah, Superdrag, and Yellowfever. My love is divided between those three. The list blows my mind, I'm sure I missed some good stuff as I was browsing through it.

LET: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Austin?
AA: Well, it'll be St. Patty's day by the time we arrive so I imagine we'll do something festive. We will probably need a nap first to fully appreciate Austin, we get grumpy when not well rested.

LET: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
AA: I went to the Warped Tour to see the Impossibles when I was just a baby. Everything else about that day made me want to barf though.

LET: Favorite thing about festivals?
AA: Being in the back of a large crowd, people watching is really good.


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