SXSW 2016: a lazy St. Patrick’s Day afternoon with donuts, footy and some music – 17th March 2016

By on Tuesday, 5th April 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

After the Creating Custom Songs for Film, TV, Trailers & Ads panel and the second half of Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo’s entertaining, yet raunchy q&a at the convention centre (more on those here), it was time to get some things done. Portland’s world-famous Voodoo Donuts now has an outpost in Austin – and right on 6th Street – so it seemed rude not to get some and share them with our friends at Latitude 30, who work so hard to produce great shows for us at SXSW, as a small gesture of our appreciation for all they do. As it was St. Patrick’s Day, we also wanted to provide a sweet something in the form of themed donuts to those involved with Output Belfast, who put on a great showcase St. Patrick’s Day afternoon. (Read Carrie’s review of the entire Generator NI-supported show from earlier today here.)

After my donut delivery work was done (pro tip: the Irish don’t fancy donuts as much as I thought they would and certainly not like Americans do, I’ll tell you that!), I went up to Cheer Up Charlie’s to see if I could catch Ezra Furman and the Boyfriends, who were part of Brooklyn Vegan’s afternoon line-up there. I made the mistake of thinking that he’d be on the larger outdoor stage. Nope, he and his band were crammed onto the tiny indoor stage where Carrie and I saw CYMBALS at SXSW 2014. I had no chance in hell of getting in, so I, along with some other latecomers, had to peer through the dirty side windows to get a glimpse of Furman in his red dress. However, for your trouble, here’s a crowd shot from the outdoor stage, with a guy in a kilt.

outside at Cheer Up Charlie's Brooklyn Vegan Thursday at SXSW 2016

Now that I am writing this, red was an appropriate colour for the day (other than green, of course), as I remembered walking down the street that Liverpool were playing Manchester United at Old Trafford in an UEFA match. So maybe the luck of the Irish was smiling down on me, as I came across Bull McCabe’s, a living, breathing, no frills Irish pub with plenty of Liverpool fans (as it’s the pub’s club) and the occasional, tempting fate Man U supporter, including one particularly annoying one in a flat cap was in front of me as I was sat by the bar. It probably would have been packed anyway, seeing that it was St. Patrick’s Day, but the place was packed to the gills and it was just fun to grab a Guinness, watch the match with fellow Liverpool supporters, and watch the entire pub go crazy when Phil Coutinho scored, securing our spot into the quarterfinals against Dortmund this Thursday. It was a nice, non-music break during my week that was much appreciated. Speaking of non-music things, I also had a nice snack at the Llamas Peruvian Creole trailer at 7th and Trinity and met a new friend, though unfortunately, my luck at that intersection would not last…

Hairy Larry and the Llama Trailer Thursday at SXSW 2016

Next up on my hit list on St. Patrick’s Day were Australian alt-rock trio DMA’s, who came highly recommended by our uber helpful Aussie correspondent last year NickiGirlStar. They were the final act of the day at the KCSN showcase at the Radio Day stage Thursday. While Melbourne’s Gold Class have been called the 21st century Australian Smiths, Sydney’s DMA’s have been favourably called the 21st century Australian Oasis. While they might refer to themselves as just “dude[s] from Australia”, they lived up the comparison to the Gallaghers’ brothers’ band with their own massive guitar anthems, minus the sibling rivalry. There was also no evidence of infighting on the Radio Day stage at the convention centre, whose wide stage span dwarfed the actual physical presence of the band and their live backing crew.

DMA's Radio Day Stage at the Convention Center, Thursday at SXSW 2016

However, having already played larger stages at Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza in 2015, they took the stage confidently and to a respectable crowd at 5 in the afternoon. I am sure their show to close out Paradigm Agency’s showcase at the Parish later that evening had a far more boisterous crowd, but I actually appreciated having a more relaxed vantage point to see DMA’s unfettered and in the wild, if you will. To have a taste of their Bonnaroo set last summer, watch the video below. I don’t recall Liam Gallagher ever wearing Adidas (I could be wrong), but for sure, lead singer Tommy O’Dell looks like an assertive dude onstage. As one would with songs as sound as theirs, like the arresting ‘Lay Down’, his charismatic vocals ringing across the room. It wasn’t hard to close your eyes and imagine it was the younger Gallagher up on stage, just without a nasal Mancunian accent.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Ah0ZU6y4w[/youtube]

After the DMA’s set, I took the opportunity to sit and charge my phone for a while. There usually aren’t too many comfy places to sit at the convention centre that aren’t already occupied by people with laptops, so I sat at the deserted softball tournament . Hilariously, band people started coming up and asking me where the artists’ lounge was. I guess I look like I work for SXSW? Maybe I do, after 5 years of hitting the Austin pavement and club floors hard. I also ran into online friends, the lovely Elke and Oliver from Glamglare, completely by accident while being sat there too. That is one of the magical things about SXSW. The world is such a large place but for 1 week in Austin, you could run into anyone – anyone! – from around the world because everyone is in that most important city for the most important time in March.

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