SXSW Interview: Lightning Bug

Going through all the bands coming into town for SXSW, Lightning Bug made my list immediately. Last year’s October Song was both noisy and pretty; it reminded me of Radio Dept in a lot of ways, but maybe that was just wishful thinking on my part. Regardless, I’m really excited to see what they’ll have to offer in the live setting. Take a minute to get to know a little about the band below!

ATH: Whats the name of the band/group? Where are you from?
LB:Lightning Bug from New York.
ATH: Describe your groups sound.
LB: Sometimes quiet sometimes loud.
ATH: What was your most recent release? Any planned releases from 2020?
LB: October Song came out in September of last year. More music soon.
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?
LB: We’ll play from the heart.
ATH: Lets 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 antsy. How would your band deal with such a situation?
LB: We’ll play from the heart.
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?
LB: Really, I just know that our friends in new band P.E. will be down there.
ATH: What has everyone in the band been listening to, or, what plays in the tour van/car/bus?
LB: Boards of Canada will blast at some point.
ATH: Describe your perfect festival, real or not? Whos headlining? Wheres it take place? Etc.
LB: Not sure if I can really imagine our perfect festival. We don’t love crowds.
ATH: Whats on the bands rider? If were bringing you food and booze, what can we bring you?
LB: Grapes are always a good idea. Sweet juicy pockets, very refreshing. And tea. Thank you for asking.
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?
LB: It’d be called Tacos and we’d have every taco you could imagine. We’d offer various pickled vegetables as sides.

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