SXSW Interview: Heaters

HeatersI am ready for SXSW.  I think.  Whatever mindset you are in, tons of bands are about to descend on our town next week who are all ready and willing to take us by storm.  Today I’m pumped to share yet another festival oriented interview with you from Grand Rapids based Heaters.  Now these guys are dropping a new 7″ single on April 28th via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records and you should most definitely pre-order it right now.  Follow the jump for full interview.

ATH: There was a lot of hubbub last year concerning corporate sponsors and pay to play and what not at SXSW.  As a band, what’s your reason for coming to play at the festival? What do you hope to get out of it?

We’re a pretty new band, so we haven’t had a chance to sour at that sort of stuff! We’re just grateful to be included and play with other bands that we’re into.

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

No setlist yet but we’re whittlin’ it down to the jammers. Just gonna have fun and rip it up.

ATH: The festival caters to music fans, but food and booze are an important aspect of the fans and the bands.  What’s your band’s food and beverage of choice?

Oooh. Booze, probably tequila or Founders All Day IPA (hometown favorite); food, literally anything but we’re hoping to try some tasty barbequed meats while we’re in Texas.

ATH: There are tons of bands coming into town.  Who would you ideally like to play with of the 1000s of bands gracing our city? Make your own optimal line-up.

We really couldn’t ask for better showcases. Stoked to play with our buds The Mystery Lights, and Thee Oh Sees are always sweet. La Luz, Holy Wave, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Les Marinellis – there’s a lot we’re looking forward to.

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 seems drunk and angry at the world. How would your band deal with such a situation?

Damn! Sounds pretty terrible but we’d probably just get a little drunk and thrash!

ATH: What’s your favorite album to come out in the last year? What’s playing in the tour bus?

Hmm, some bands we’ve been into lately: The Mystery Lights, Ultimate Painting, The Murlocs, Gap Dream, Jessica Pratt, Amen Dunes, Spike and the Sweet Spots, The Lemons, The Zoltars, etc. Lots of good ones out there.

Tapes in the van right now: Les Marinellis, Honey, Cosmonauts, Jade TV, The Shivas, Dirty Beaches, etc.

ATH: Day parties have replaced showcases for music discovery.  Is the conference really completely upside-down?

We’ve never been, so hard to weigh in on that one.

ATH: Band catch phrase in 5 words or less.

Get bent!

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