SXSW Interview: Shimmering Stars
Our SXSW interviews continue today with Canada’s Shimmering Stars. Last year they released Violent Hearts on Hardly Art Records, and while it had a little bit of the modern jangle, it harkened back to a purer era in rock n’ roll…the sort you’re mom or dad probably played around the house when you were growing up (I know mine did). Check out what singer/guitarist Rory has to say on the upcoming festival and life in general.
ATH: What is the most challenging thing about being a band during SXSW or another similar festival?
Rory: Not getting arrested. Remaining vegetarian. Remaining sober.
ATH: What are some tips you would offer newbie bands to survive during SXSW or just in general on tour?
Rory: Go for it! Get as much free stuff as you can. Avoid the industry crap, have fun at the backyard parties.
ATH: What music are you guys currently jamming in your tour bus/van?
Rory: We don’t have a tour bus, but we have an obnoxious French driver who tortures us with grating noises and bad music.
ATH: Who wins the Euro Cup this summer? It’s okay to tell us you hate soccer.
Rory: Don’t even know what the Euro Cup is.
ATH: Due to licensing, you’ve had to change the band name, or else you get sued! What do you change it to?
Rory: Sled Dog Afterbirth
ATH: It’s fairly early in the musical year. What’s in store for your band before the world ends in December?
Rory: New album probably fall/winter 2012, and a European and/or east coast tour around the same time.
ATH: What’s the best pre-show beverage for the band? Let’s get brand specific! And, what’s the worst free shot we can buy you at SXSW?
Rory: Definitely good beer: an IPA, imperial IPA, or some weird Belgian shit – Cantillon, Echt Kriekenbier, or any lambic.
ATH: Being out on tour, what’s the one thing you miss about being back at home?
Rory: Weirdly enough, sobriety.
ATH: Best band of all time is….?
Rory: Pixies, Wolf Nebula.
Thanks to Jason Baxter for the interview organization, and to Rory for the time!
Download: Shimmering Stars – Nervous Breakdown [MP3]