SXSW Interview: The Wrong Words

Before the band release their record on Trouble in Mind Records, they’ll be hitting up Austin for what we hope is a show that comes as advertised: loud, fun rock n’ roll.  We chatted up with the band before they head our way, so check out what they’ve got to say.

ATH:  It seems like a great deal of the bands in your town get that psychedelic tag thrown at them, but you guys just bring the power rock. Explain where you think you fit in the San Francisco music scene?

The Wrong Words: Oakland! (rimshot please!)

But seriously, It’s all Rock and Roll to us. And we like it!

ATH:  The Wrong Words LP is going to be your first with this band.  What are your expectations with releasing the band’s first record? And, have any of the band members gone through this process before?

The Wrong Words: We’re all record freaks so we’re really excited to have our own record out. There’s nothing better than the feeling you get listening to a record you love – if anyone out there listens to our record and feels the same way we do when we listen to our favorite records, that’s all we’re really hoping for. Plus we are excited to have such rad people putting out our record! Bill and Lisa from Trouble in Mind are 100% CLASS.

ATH:  Your web site and the label have some name dropping in regards to your sound, but if you were going to describe it to fans without discussing influences and peers, how would you go about it?

The Wrong Words: Three minute pop songs played in two minutes or less. Songs that sound like a sugar rush with lyrics that feel like a sugar crash. Rock and Roll. Dance now, hum later.

ATH:  Is this your first time heading to Austin for SXSW? If so, what are your expectations for the entire experience? Or, are you just more likely to go with the flow and take it as it comes?

The Wrong Words: It’s my first time and I’m really excited to play for people who’ve never seen us before, see a bunch of bands I’ve never seen before, and meet a bunch of people I’ve never met before, all in a place I’ve never been before. I’m easy to please!

ATH:  Apparently, you guys really want people to listen to your record turned up all the way, according to your various sites (Myspace/Facebook).  Do you feel that anyone would miss out on a particular nuance if they chose to just put your tracks on as background music?

The Wrong Words: Rock and Roll sounds good LOUD! Sometimes to really hear it you need to FEEL it. It sounds good quieter too. I just think it’s more FUN to listen to it loud!

ATH:   Tell us one music trend that you’ve read about or seen that you particularly hate at the moment.

The Wrong Words: Trends come and go, but good music lasts forever (at least until global warming melts all the records and/or the machines revolt and erase everything in your itunes).

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