Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Untitled Interview #79 – SXSW Edition: Starring Nancy Urich (Dog Day)

The days are getting longer, the nights are getting shorter and sweeter, and that, my little vixens, can only mean one thing: it's getting close to being almost time for the one and only SXSW. And of course, that means I had to ask some questions of the bands I'd sure want to see if I was heading down to Austin for the 25th annual SXSW-stravaganza.

Here in DC, we frequently find ourselves subjected to the Dog Days of August, when the air is nothing short of stultifying and heatwaves rise from the endless miles of pavement. It is, you might say, a less than pleasant time. Dog Day, a husband and wife duo from Canada that seems very fond of lo-fi, 80s rockingness with a hint of poppy goodness, proves to be the exact opposite. They, my friends, are quite on the awesome side. Check out what the missus (Nancy Urich) has to say, and then, Austin-bound friends, catch her with her mister at one of their Austinian appearances.

Les Enfants Terribles: How are you getting to SXSW: plane, train, or automobile?
Nancy Urich: We are flying to LA then taking the bus to TX and then driving in a car. All of the above. No train, well maybe a train.

LET: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
NU: Clothing! (we don't have room for it anyway) and our dog, we will regretfully be forgetting to pack Woofy. And we can't bring my drum kit or hi-watt. That's what you get for flying. I will probably forget some stupid charger for something.

LET: How many showcases/parties will you be playing?
NU: We are playing the Tom Tom Magazine show on Mar 18th (Baby Blue), the Cake Shop NY stage on the 19th, and a house party in Austin on the 17th.

LET: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
NU: Obits! I have never gotten to see any band that contains Rick Froberg! I am a huge high school Drive Like Jehu fan. We are going to take in as much as we possibly can, because we'll be there for the whole week. We are excited to see Eternal Summers, and maybe even the Strokes?

LET: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Austin?
NU: Finding our pal Seth and getting him to show us where a couple of vegan Canadians might find good food.

LET: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
NU: The first was Gobblefest 1995, which is a festival on Cape Breton Island that happens around Thanksgiving. I was just a youngster, and it really blew my mind at the time. The bands that I remember were locals, and it was so damn good.

LET: Favorite thing about festivals?
NU: All the bands, all the merch, food, good times, so many people!!

mp3: Scratches (Dog Day from the forthcoming Scratches EP)

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