SXSW Watchlist: Eulogies

eulogies321150_largeWith such a direct reference to sadness in their band name, you’d think that Eulogies might just be another one of those sad bastard types.  Leading man Peter Walker clarifies that he doesn’t focus on remembering the dead, but rather “saying those things that someone would say only at that moment but wish they had said right now”.  Take that idea of true sincerity in the lyrics with a superb backing indie rock band, and you’ve got Eulogies in a nutshell.  The band is also about to release their sophomore effort LP Here Anonymous out April 7th on Dangerbird Records.  Follow the jump to read a brief interview with front man Peter Walker, see some SXSW dates and hear a tune.

ATH: What can we expect from your upcoming April release Here Anonymous?

Peter Walker: I feel like the album has a continuity that we’re really proud of.  I used the same guitar rig the whole time and that’s actually a hard thing to do when there’s a lot of amps lying around.

ATH: Have you guys ever made it to SXSW in a band or as a fan?  What are you looking forward to most?

PW: We’ve been there 3 times before as a band.  Each year is different.  I’m going to have a rough schedule but I’m not going to be one of those people that has their day mapped out to the minute, trying to catch shows.  I’m looking forward to seeing some bands we’ve toured with and haven’t seen for a while.

ATH: Describe your sound in 10 words or less for our readers new to your material.

PW: Simple deep indie rock

ATH: Is the L.A. music scene all it’s cracked up to be?

PW: There’s a lot of good venues and a lot of good bands.  Oh and loads of studios, producers, engineers, labels, publishers, lawyers, managers, guitar techs, artists, music supervisors, etc.  Ultimately I think the scene is what you make of it, wherever you are.

ATH: Almost all your music videos and photos are in black & white.  Why the choice of this medium?

PW: Those videos were filmed with a CCTV camera and it has this very flat look.  We liked that feeling of stark reality.  I think the recordings come from a similar aesthetic, a clear-cut simplicity that evokes something more.

If you’re curious about these videos, check out the band’s page on Dangerbird Records.

SXSW Dates:

Thursday March 19th – Official Showcase @ The Ranch 7pm

March 20th – +1 Records House Party @ Legendary Hank Sinatra’s 12pm

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Download: Eulogies – Two Can Play [MP3]

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