SXSW Interview: The Still Tide

Denver, by way of Brooklyn, based band The Still Tide is led by the enigmatic front woman Anna Morsett. Though she doesn’t always do things on her own, she is the brains behind the band. That said, we are pleased today to share with you her responses to our interview questions. We hope you will enjoy her take on SXSW and what it’s like being in a traveling band. Hit the jump for interview.

ATH: Whats the name of the band/group? Where are you from?

AM: The Still Tide from Denver, CO.

ATH: Describe your groups sound.

AM: Luminous indie rock.

ATH: What was your most recent release? Any planned releases from 2020?

AM: We just put out an EP called “Between Skies” in January and aim to get back in the studio again this spring.

ATH: For most SXSW sets, you get 30 minutes to leave a lasting impression. Whats your plan of attack? You have a set list mapped out yet?

AM: Our plan is to always to just play our hearts out, as much for each other as for the crowd, so hopefully that will carry us through. As for set-list, we have a rough idea – lots of songs from the new record! – but might change it up depending on the vibe/room.

ATH: Let’s say your band has been booked an official showcase at a pop up venue somewhere in the middle of 6th street. The lineup features thrash metal, hip-hop, spoken word, and you. The sound is horrible, the lineup is not your style, and the crowd is growing ancy. How would your band deal with such a situation?

AM: I feel like we’ve already played our fair share of shows exactly like that, haha. Really though, we would probably just do our best to win everyone over, play as well as we could despite the bad sound and try to charm the crowd into enjoying themselves and hopefully our music too. And if that fails, I would just try to make everyone laugh.

ATH: There are tons of bands coming into town. Of the 1000+ bands coming into town, who would you ideally like to play with. Which band friends will be here?

AM: So many bands we’re into this year so it’s hard to say (and the more I look into everyone who’s playing the more that list grows) but as a start, we would be so excited to share a stage with Night Moves, Hachiku, Soccer Mommy, Pom Poko, Caroline Rose, Overcoats and Drew Citron. We’ve got some local band buddies coming like Esme Patterson, Kyle Emerson, Dressy Bessy & The Yawpers and some out of town pals like Josiah Johnson & Divino Nio that we’re excited to say hello to!

ATH: What has everyone in the band been listening to, or, what plays in the tour van/car/bus

AM: I’d say we’re all over the place musically but we can all agree on podcasts and Radiohead.

ATH: Describe your perfect festival, real or not? Whos headlining? Wheres it take place? Etc.

AM: Our perfect festival would have full functional backline, friendly sound people, an artist area you would actually want to hang out, be free to the public with a ton of smaller & local bands, international headliners (all our heroes) under clear skies, preferably somewhere warm. Does that already exist?!

ATH: Whats on the band’s rider? If were bringing you food and booze, what can we bring you

AM: Snacks, bubbly water and tequila – we wouldn’t say no to any of that 🙂

ATH: The band gets to create their own taco pop-up shop at SXSW? Whats the name, and what sort of tacos will you have? Any sides?

AM: We’d call our taco shop Jukebox Taco and sell tacos named after & created in the style of classic jukebox hits from the 50’s & 60’s.

Thanks again to Anna for the responses!

The Still Tide have an official showcase on Friday, March 20th at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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