In conjunction with our SXSW site preview from last week, we decided to speak to a few of the bands that are playing the festival to find out how who they're excited to see and how they feel about playing SXSW. We also spoke to them about Tacos.

The music portion of SXSW runs from March 13th-18th. For more information please head over to sxsw.com

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Name: Colleen Green

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

10

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

I have been going for the past 4-5 years and I have had a fucking amazing time every time. The only tip I can give to people who are going is to have fun and try not to be a douche.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

Ummmmm I don't even really know who is playing. I know when and where I'm supposed to be and that's about it. But the Dum Dum Girls said they were gonna be there hanging out so I'm excited to see them.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

I don't know what those are! I have eaten tacos in Texas before, though. Is that what you mean?



Name: Sea Of Bees

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

Mmm, the last time I played at SXSW I was exhausted... We did like 12 shows in 4 days... I think I almost cried I was so tired. The down time when we weren't running on schedules I actually was happy and had a good time meeting new people. Saw like 2 good friends passing through to get to other shows. So 1 to 10? I say 7.. cuz when I first heard I was going I was pretty ecstatic.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

Yes, I played last year for the first time ever. It definitely was a productive time... like I said 4 days and 12 shows was a bit much but really grateful for it... out of all the shows it least four of them were really worth doing all 12. I say go all out! if You want to do a lot of shows do it ! if You want to do a few shows and just watch bands, it's great way to get the whole sha bang! But you shouldn't get yourself down if you're not having like a whole crowd watch you.. Cause that's not at all what it's about... it's about meeting the right people who give a hoot.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

Man I haven't even thought that far ahead, I mean I am always looking forward to Bright Eyes and homies that I love if they are there/ But really I am not ever sure until the moment I guess. Plus, you never have time to watch everything when you're at events like that. So the afterwards hang outs are what I look forward to...

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

Oh yes I am so sure, we'll see how my stomach will be doing, I have been good to myself lately... (laugh)



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Name: Deerhoof

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

Like many bands, we're going to be playing several times. I have different levels of excitement about each show. If we take the total combined excitement of all the days and divide it by the number of shows the average, I believe, would be 29.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

I've been before but not with Deerhoof. I was a talent scout for a major label and I heard there was going to be free BBQ ribs. It was delicious. As far as a tip I would suggest booking your hotel several months ago.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

I'm mainly interested in getting a free credit report and scoring some Doritos swag.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

It depends on what day they're playing.



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Name: Shigeto

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

Haha, I'm pretty excited. It's actually landing on my birthday this year and my girl is gonna come with me. We've always talked about hanging in Austin and now we can!

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

have actually. I've played SXSW two times before, once as the drummer for School of Seven Bells in 2010 and with Detroit rapper Paradime in 2001. As far as tips go. Drink lots of water and make sure to eat at Iron Works BBQ, one of my favorite places in Austin.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

I'm definitely excited to catch up with all the Ghostly fam at our label showcase, also looking forward to catching up with my friend Star Slinger. Haven't seen him since our tour last year.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

Most definitely.



Name: Slow Club

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

6?

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

We've been a couple of times before and all I remember is being sweaty and trying to locate my friend Brittney all the time. I think I had lots of fun but all I think of now is how much I don't want to carry all our gear around - but I do hope people come along to our shows.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

I don't know who is playing! Are casiokids playing? If so them.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

I don't know what that is but obviously if it's food we will all be there cos we are a band of little fatties.



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Name: D/R/U/G/S

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

11

I have not. I'd imagine its similar to In The City which we have in Manchester. Basically all plans you make will go out the window after about 15 minutes and you'll end up watching some random folk free form jazz exploration cos you can't be arsed with the queues.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

I’ve got about 9 shows so im not sure how much time im gonna have. But if I do CFCF and Matthew Dear are two artists I’ve been wanting to see for time.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

I’m definitely on some man versus food shit over there. American food is the real deal.



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Name: Big Deal

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

  • Alice: 10
  • Kc: 6.66

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

We've never been before.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

  • Alice: War On Drugs
  • Kc: Built to Spill

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

  • Alice: Is that a euphemism? If so then yes.
  • Kc: I Like Tacos


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Name: Bleached

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

Jen- 7 and Jess - 10

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

Yes! We went with our old band. Pace yourself because you usually start partying at noon and end at like 3am. And if you're a band the more shows you play the better because the less drinking you do.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

Audacity from Disneyland



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Name: Django Django

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

Well what with this being the first time we have played SXSW it'll have to be a resounding 10. We were hoping to make it over the past few years but work permits meant it wasn't possible so we're so so excited to be coming this year. Tommy's got his ten gallon out of the wardrobe in anticipation.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

Nope we've never been before but I was told that there is a bat migration that coincides with SXSW. Not that the bats know anything about SXSW and there's also a fair chance that I might be making this up so I think we're going to need someone to show us about.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

I think I saw that R Stevie Moore is playing. I've loved his stuff for a long time and am really excited about seeing him. We're all big fans of Peaking Lights too. I just bought the remixes and it's been getting quite a few plays in the studio, but just to be in a place with so many amazing bands playing is enough to get us excited.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

Like I say, Tommy's got his ten gallon hat ready, if our diet consists of anything other than the famous Texan Tacos we'll be letting ourselves down.



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Name: Owen

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

I'm about a 2 in terms of playing the shows (not really the best environment for a quiet/solo/acoustic act) but I'm an 11 in terms of hanging and being one of the drunken masses.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

Yeah I used to play every year for a while in some band or other. It's always fun and a little bit exhausting. Tip? uh...

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

I haven't looked to see what other bands are play.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

If there are tacos to be partaken in, yes.



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Name: Doe Paoro

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

A billion.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

Negatron. we are taking off the SXSW chastity belt.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

Danny brown, oh land, allen stone, grimes, alabama shakes.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

Gametime.



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Name: Gemma Ray

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

I try not to pre-empt these things, I prefer to just get on the plane and see what happens.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

Yes, once in 2010. I didn't really experience the festival beyond playing my shows (which I very much enjoyed). I was staying at a friends house, catching up in their backyard and playing with their dog - a far more relaxing and dignified way to experience Austin! I'm not a fan of over-crowded places though I'm sure many people would love getting in amongst the throng.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

Feeding myself and getting from A to B will be challenging enough based on my memories form last time! It would be nice to stumble across some inspiring music by accident though - I find that often happens when you least expect it.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

If they're vegetarian and free then yes, I certainly will.



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Name: Kindest Lines

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

11

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

Nope, first time.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

So many. Bestial mouths, nite jewel, soft metals, chelsea wolfe, automelodi, white ring, blood orange, grimes, ringo deathstar....hoping to be exposed to lots of bands I've never heard before as well.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

What are these "texan tacos" you speak of?



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Name: BITCHES

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

A sweet 10.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

This is our first SXSW, but we KNOW the Smell/KXLU party will be 100% awesome and we will be the best people to drink beers with.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

Nu Sensae / Anamanaguchi / US Girls

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

We will be eating everything.



Name: The Twilight Sad

On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about playing SXSW?

I'd say I started on a 8 but then as we get closer to SXSW we seem to be getting added to more day parties and showcases, so I'm at a 10 now. I'm going to try and take the piss and get as much free shit as possible. I think we're up at about 10 gigs in 5 days now, including acoustic gigs and sessions, so it's going to be very busy. I'm hoping to see some bands while I'm out there. We have a lot of friends going to the festival so I'm looking forward to hanging out with them too.

Have you been to SXSW before? If so, how was it and do you have any tips for the people going that haven't been before?

This is our 3rd SXSW. Every time I've been before I haven't made a plan, I've just walked around and stumbled upon bands playing, and as I'm a very poor guy in a band, I've went where the free booze and food is. So my tip is to take advantage of all of the free shit and see where your drunk self takes you.

What bands are you looking forward to seeing?

I really want to see The Jesus and Mary Chain but I've got a feeling thats it's going to be too busy for me to get in. I'm going to try and see The Oh See's as well. As I said before i'm just going to see where I end up and make no plans. Hopefully befriend Springsteen and we'll hang out and shoot the shit.

Will you be partaking in eating the famous Texan Tacos?

Ehh............ Yes I'll be sampling all the local Texan delicacies.