Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Untitled Interview #171 – SXSW Edition: Starring Big Scary

One of the first harbingers of Spring is not, in fact, the adorable, fluffy robins hopping along looking for worms or the bold yellow bursts of daffodils blooming. Sure, the longer days and Daylight Savings Time act as pretty good indicators. But they're not what I had in mind. Nay, friends, one of the first signs of the new season is SXSW, the week of music and mayhem down in Austin. I wrangled some of the bands I'd want to see, if I was going, to get their take on this year's installment of South by Southwest.

Big Scary could be construed as a bit of a misnomer, given that the members of Big Scary are neither particularly big nor scary. What they are is Joanna and Tom, a boy and a girl with tender trappings of folk-tinged Aussie goodness, anthemic and pretty, making a lovely little racket betwixt the two of them. Read on to see what the Melbourne twosome is stoked about for this year's SXSW, and if you happen to see them down in Austin, be sure to buy them a cuppa tea.

Fuzzy Logic: How are you getting to SXSW: plane, train, or automobile?
Big Scary: We're travelling from Australia so we'll be arriving via plane.

FL: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
BS: Something crucial, most likely underwear.

FL: How many showcases/parties will you be playing?
BS: I think we've got about two or three lined up but we hope to attend many more!

FL: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
BS: Well my bandmate can't stop raving about The War On Drugs so I guess it'll be good to check them out, but I'm sure that we'll stumble across quite a few amazing bands throughout our festival wanderings.

FL: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Austin?
BS: I've heard so much about the city from friends who have travelled there and from bands who have played previously, so I can't wait to get there and start exploring.

FL: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
BS: I never saw much live music growing up so the first festival I attended also happened to be the first festival we played as a band, we played to a few thousand people and was one of the best shows we've ever played. Not a bad introduction to festivals.

FL: Favorite thing about festivals?
BS: Discovering your next favourite band.

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