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(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #128: Morgxn

 
By on Thursday, 27th April 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Editor Mary and I started off the Friday morning of  SXSW 2017 on the expansive lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel for the wonderful and well-attended BMI / AT&T Fiber Acoustic Brunch. Mary had to leave early for some other Friday engagements, but I stayed on for the whole showcase of talented singer/songwriters, not the least of whom was the show’s final performer, Los Angeles pop songwriter Morgxn.

Earlier this month, Morgxn (who pronounces it as “Morgan”) dropped a brand new single called ‘xx’. Take a listen to it just below, then read on for Morgxn’s reflections on this year’s SXSW, his early music-related memories, and the one song that pushes all his emotional buttons.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Soulful, tethered, big.

Was this your first time at SXSW? Were you nervous / excited / anxious about it? Did the festival live up to your expectations?
It was my first time, but I went into it ready to have fun and show up. It was like music summer camp and I miss it already.

Name something you had packed in your suitcase for the trip to Austin that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
I had my own travel incense case. My hotel was a sanctuary.

What were some of the fun tourist/sight-seeing things you did in Austin during SXSW?
Ate BBQ at Lambert’s and am still feeling it . . .

Did you get the chance to see any other bands or artists play during SXSW? Who were your favourites?
Charlotte Cardin was my take away moment.  [She was a favourite of mine too; check out our coverage right back here. – CC]

If we had run into you in a downtown Austin bar, we’d have offered to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Mezcal neat.

What was your favourite album from the last year and why?
James Blake‘s ‘The Colour in Anything’. Tone/soul/rhythm/emotion/texture/cohesion.

What are your post-SXSW plans? Any touring, recording, other activities on the horizon?
I’ve released a remix of ‘Hard Pill to Swallow’ by GreatGoodFineOK. They flipped the song in such a cool way. I am releasing songs from my EP ‘Vital’ as singles, and I’m simultaneously in the studio working on my record because I don’t sit still well and all of it is a part of my process – recording/releasing/touring… they go together for me.

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘A House is Not a Home’. I think Luther [Vandross] was my first discovery of soul and heartache.

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Oh Susanna.’

What song makes you laugh?
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer.

What song makes you cry?
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d
written yourself?
‘MacArthur Park’ – Donna Summer. [Morgxn helpfully provided me with a YouTube link for this song. I think maybe he wanted us to have a listen? Check it out just below. — CC]

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Patti Smith.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Drinking coffee, going mad.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Stevie Wonder, ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ (disc 2) for ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ on repeat.

Special thanks, once again, to Jodie for arranging this e-mail q&a. You can read our past collection of Quickfire Questions (and their answers), including several from artists who showcased at SXSW 2017, right back here.

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #127: Brayton Bowman

 
By on Wednesday, 26th April 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Editor Mary and I spent Friday morning of SXSW 2017 at the lovely BMI / AT&T Fiber Acoustic Brunch on the lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin. Mary had to duck out early that day, but one of the outstanding artists I saw on the later part of that showcase was alt-pop singer Brayton Bowman, who recently dropped his autobiographical mixtape ’22 Minutes Later’.

Bowman was kind enough to answer our (SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions via e-mail after the festival ended, as a follow up to our Acoustic Brunch feature. I’ve done only very light editing on his responses, as I think Bowman’s writing style reflects some of the more distinctive aspects of his personality. Read on to find out what he had to say.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky . . .)
Stanky, soulful and sassy? [I’d agree with this assessment! — CC]

Was this your first time at SXSW? Were you nervous / excited / anxious about it? Did the festival live up to your expectations?
Yeah, it was my first time at South-by. I wasn’t so much nervous as I was anxious to get there and get started. Performing is without a doubt my favorite part of being a musician and I don’t get to do it often enough, and I was eager as fuck. lol x

Name something you had packed in your suitcase for the trip to Austin that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
A miniature sheepskin rug from IKEA.

What were some of the fun tourist/sight-seeing things you did in Austin during SXSW?
People watching will always be my favorite “tourist” activity.

Did you get the chance to see any other bands or artists play during SXSW? Who were your favourites?
Honestly, there were so many dope artists I lost count. Michael Blume was a stand out for me, tho. You can’t wear all white and SING DOWN at the same time and expect me not to notice. x

If we had run into you in a downtown Austin bar, we’d have offered to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Pre show: WATER. water? H2O /// Post? a vodka soda with a lime plz.

What was your favourite album from the last year and why?
JoJo‘s ‘Mad Love’, sure I’m biased because I love her, but I haven’t had an album reach out and smack me in my face like that in a while. I’m so proud of her it’s sickening. x

What are your post-SXSW plans? Any touring, recording, other activities on the horizon?
Finishing an album, playing shows here & there. Stay tuned. x

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions . . .

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Playing the piano in my living room with my mom.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Anything Britney Spears . . .

What song makes you laugh?
Wow, this is a great question. I can’t think of any off the top of my head but I need to find one ’cause who doesn’t love to giggle?

What song makes you cry?
‘Love Me, Love Me Not’. It’s this beautiful contemporary musical theatre song by Joey Contreras. Natalie Weiss sings it and it’s always made me weep, idk why. x

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love?
This is so cliché, but I have to be real and say it’s a song of mine called ‘Kustom Made.’ Pretty sure it was the first time I’ve ever written an actual love song.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Wow, I sound like such a narcissist. I do most of my writing when I’m frustrated or upset, & listening back to my tunes almost helps me look objectively at my anger and be at peace with my feelings. I try not to listen to other people’s music when I’m pissed cause I feel like it would tape the experience of their art. I keep my feelings in the journal until they turn into a song. x

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Honestly, everything my friend April Bender has ever written.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
David Foster Wallace & Alan Ginsberg. x

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
The thought scares me so much I can’t even consider the possibility… but my husky would
probably find a way to work in the kitchen so I could grub 24/7. x

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘Frank’, Amy Winehouse.

Special thanks to Jodie for arranging this e-mail q&a. You can read our archive of Quickfire Questions and their answers, including loads from artists who showcased at SXSW 2017, back through here.

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #126: Michael Blume

 
By on Tuesday, 25th April 2017 at 11:00 am
 

On the Friday morning of SXSW 2017, Mary and I were invited to attend the BMI / AT&T Fiber Acoustic Brunch on the lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin. “Progressive r&b” singer Michael Blume was the change-up pitch in the middle of the Acoustic Brunch lineup, shaking things up after a pair of performances by country artists Devin Dawson and Caitlyn Smith, and setting the stage for pop-centric acts Brayton Bowman and Morgxn.

Following Blume’s intense, riveting set on the otherwise mellow Acoustic Brunch, we asked him to answer a post-festival version of our (SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions via e-mail. Read his replies below to find out about his SXSW experience, his plans for the immediate future, and the academic background that makes Michael Blume unique among his fellow SXSW 2017 showcasing acts.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Progressive, soulful, honest.

Was this your first time at SXSW? Were you nervous / excited / anxious about it? Did the festival live up to your expectations?
This was my first time!  I was excited to check it out after hearing so much – it was cool and definitely was something I could not understand until I experienced it firsthand!

Name something you had packed in your suitcase for the trip to Austin that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Two steamers – one for my voice and one for my clothing.

What were some of the fun tourist/sight-seeing things you did in Austin during SXSW?
After we finished all the gigs, I stayed to hang for a day with a friend of mine who lives in Austin. He took me to this beautiful creek, and we swam and laid out in the sun. It was a very Mark Twain moment, and I lived.

Did you get the chance to see any other bands or artists play during SXSW? Who were your favourites?
I actually didn’t get to see as much music as I would have liked – I was pretty wiped by the end of the day.  But I did catch a part of the Chloe x Halle set at The Fader Fort and those girls can singggggg.

If we had run into you in a downtown Austin bar, we’d have offered to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’m not a big drinker!  Maybe a little champagne, but I’m tipsy after 1 or 2 sips.

What was your favourite album from the last year and why?
Definitely have more than one – one that comes to mind right now is James Blake ‘The Colour in Anything’.  I love his use of minimal lyric with complex textures.

What are your post-SXSW plans? Any touring, recording, other activities on the horizon?
I am working on my debut full length album!!! I am in the studio all day, everyday these days and I am running there right now actually.  Album comes out this summer and I am playing Governor’s Ball, Firefly, and Lollapalooza festivals! [You can find a list of Blume’s upcoming live dates on his official Web site. – CC]

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
1st grade choir!!

What was your favourite song as a child?
‘As’ by Stevie Wonder.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Work it’ by Missy Elliot.

What song makes you cry?
‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ by Harry Chapin.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)

I’ve never fallen in love.  Check my upcoming album for more details on that one. [If that doesn’t pique your curiosity, nothing will! – CC]

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Aretha Franklin ‘Amazing Grace’. The whole album is my go-to find myself, calm down, have a moment with the universe album.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
HA!  This is a funny question.  I mean . . . probably Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You.’

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Definitely can’t narrow this to one . . . James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Cultural Studies professor. [This is no joke; I’ve read that Blume studied at Yale. – CC]

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Aretha Franklin, ‘Amazing Grace Live’.

Special thanks to Jodie for arranging this e-mail q&a. You can read our archive of Quickfire Questions and their answers, including a load of them with artists who showcased at SXSW 2017, through this link.

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #125: Draper

 
By on Monday, 13th March 2017 at 11:00 am
 

This year’s SXSW Music Festival is here! And we’re bringing you the last set of our special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today, we’re giving the stage to electronic dance producer Draper. The song he names as his favourite in his childhood, the one that was his earliest memory and the one that makes him laugh is surprisingly by an American entertainer from yesteryear. Should we be surprised? I’m not sure. But read on for more of his intriguing answers… [We’ve been informed that sadly, Dan Bettridge will not be joining us in Austin. – Ed.]

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Super hype synths.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
I’m not really sure! It’s my first time out there so I’m excited to do anything and everything whilst I’m there!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
I’d like to see Fickle Friends live, but there are just so many acts I’ll be pleased to see any of them!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Ha, nothing unusual from me, I used to pack way too much but then I realized that I end up wearing the same outfit for about 3 days…

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
That’d be great! Mine’s a gin and tonic. [Serious question: why do the Brits love gin and tonic so much??? – Ed.]

What was your favourite album from 2016 and why?
Honne’s ‘Warm on a Cold Bight’. I loved so many of those songs, the guys brought something fresh and I loved it.

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Yes! I’ve heard only good things, mostly about how awesome it is. I’m excited! I’m confident and ready for this.

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Lighthouse Family – ‘High’, we used to listen to it in the car as a family driving places.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Growing up, it was probably ‘Fat Lip’ by Sum 41.

What song makes you laugh?
Anything by Lil’ Dicky.

What song makes you cry?
Coldplay’s new ‘Everglow’, beautiful track.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
I listened to this a lot: Chingy – ‘One Call Away’.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Coldplay – ‘O’, another beautifully poetic track, or Jonsi – ‘Hengilas’.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Coldplay – Fix You’…a lot of Coldplay, I’m realising…

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Of songwriters there are many… people who I admire for their poetry, others who know exactly how to Chris Martin (big fan of Coldplay, in case that wasn’t very obvious).

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Hopefully something in the music industry or at least a creative industry.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
The Beatles – ‘1’. So many smash hits. [I should have not allowed greatest hits collections either. That’s cheating, ha! – Ed.]

We thank Draper for answering our SXSW flavoured Quickfire Questions and Sarah for helping us sort this for us. Draper has two high-profile appearances in Austin: Tuesday 13 March at 1:15 AM at ScratcHouse and Saturday 18 March at 1 AM at Swan Dive Patio.

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #124: Dan Bettridge

 
By on Thursday, 9th March 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

This year’s SXSW Music Festival is just days away. We’re once again excited to bring you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. In today’s feature, we’ll be bringing you the answers from Welsh singer/songwriter Dan Bettridge. The song he names as his favourite in his childhood, the one that was his earliest memory and the one that makes him laugh is surprisingly by an American entertainer from yesteryear. Should we be surprised? I’m not sure. But read on for more of his intriguing answers… [We’ve been informed that sadly, Dan Bettridge will not be joining us in Austin. – Ed.]

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Soul – Rock – Blues.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Definitely playing the showcases – it’s been a minute since I’ve played in the U.S.! Also catching bands that I’ve been waiting to see and without a doubt I’m really looking forward to seeing musicians, filmmakers and all kinds of artists together saying what needs to be said in a mad world.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
At the moment I’m most looking forward to seeing Forth Wanderers – I stumbled across them on a Spotify playlist and they rock.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
A lot of women’s clothes… (My manager and I are going to share a case.)

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
If I’m drinking – a whiskey, no mixer, no ice. If I’m driving – a cranberry juice… thanks!

What was your favourite album from 2016 and why?
Oh God… there were so many… the one that jumped to mind was the new Bon Iver album. Also ‘Blonde’ by Frank Ocean… I’ve been really into weird sounds recently.

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’ve played in Nashville, TN before. It was in 2013 I think and I turned up, just myself and my guitar and didn’t realise that it was the week that the CMAs were on… it was MAD! But I ended up playing some places while I was there. I’ve played a couple of gigs in NYC too. Most of the time I’ve come across the pond it’s been to go to Canada, so I’m stoked to be coming back to the US – especially as it’s for SXSW!

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘Inka Dinka Doo’ by Jimmy Durante.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Same as the above – I used to dance around in my blue denim dungarees to that song!

What song makes you laugh?
Maaaan this is gonna be the most boring interview ever, but the same song hahaha If you haven’t heard it… you really need to! [Okay, Dan, we’ll indulge you… – Ed.]

What song makes you cry?
‘Shed a Little light’ – James Taylor, off his live album.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Anything from The OC soundtrack…ahhhh young love and indie rock.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Any Jack Johnson song calms me down. I grew up right on the seafront but most of that time we had quite a turbulent home life… Jack kept me happy and sane.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Way way way too many… but then if I’d written them then they wouldn’t be the songs I love.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Of songwriters there are many… people who I admire for their poetry, others who know exactly how to write for themselves for the perfect delivery, sometimes both. One of my favourite book writers though is John Muir.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I always said if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a long distance truck driver in the Pacific Northwest somewhere.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Ooooo that’s a toughy. Either the James Taylor ‘Live’ double album or ‘By The Way’ by The Red Hot Chili Peppers because it’s the first album I ever bought with my own money.

Cheers, Dan, for answering our SXSW flavoured Quickfire Questions! Thank you also to Max for helping sort this for us. Dan Bettridge’s official SXSW 2017 showcase will be at Stephen F’s Bar on Thursday 16 March at 11 PM.

 

(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #123: Dan Hagerty of The Sandinistas

 
By on Thursday, 9th March 2017 at 1:00 pm
 

We’re just days away from this year’s SXSW Music Festival, and we’re once again excited to bring you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2017 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. In today’s feature, we’ll be bringing you the answers from Dan Hagerty, singer and guitarist from Welsh punk group The Sandinistas. His selection for the album he’d bring in past the pearly gates isn’t a surprise at all from the name of their band, but many of his selections mirror my own favourite musical things. It’s proof that music has no barriers and binds us all, regardless of where we come from. Read on…

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
British, Punk, new wave.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Playing in the sun. It’s literally raining all the time in Wales. Meeting new people from different backgrounds – I’m hoping to be inspired.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
Meilyr Jones (fellow Welsh artist). We played with him the end of last year and was great. Nice chap.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
All black socks. No other colours or designs. I have OCD (like millions of others) and that’s something I need to abide by so not to lose my mind.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A simple pint of lager. I’ll make sure we ‘run into you’ every time we’re running dry 😉 [If you can find me, I will honour this! I think I have only bought a handful of drinks for bands over the last 5 years in Austin. – Ed.]

What was your favourite album from 2016 and why?
I haven’t got one really. There isn’t much modern day music I’m keen on.

Will this be the first time you’ve played to American audiences? What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
Absolutely buzzing about playing in the US of A. The American people are very friendly and accepting of new music, which is something Britain tends to struggle with these days. I’ve known about the festival for years and never thought I’d have the opportunity to be involved. This really is one off the bucket list. Excited, although apprehensive: I like to think our songs are relatable as are written from the perspective of an average human being (like me) – I hope people ‘get it’.

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘She Loves You’ – The Beatles. Changed my outlook on life.

What was your favourite song as a child?
As above. Still my favourite song of all time.

What song makes you laugh?
‘Paradise by Dashboard Light’ – Meat Loaf. The story and depth of the song is insane: brilliant songwriting and captures real life lust.

What song makes you cry?
‘A Change is Gonna Come’ – Sam Cooke. Sensationally captured a moment in time and is still relatable now, but in very different ways. [One of the best songs of all time. It may be decades since the Civil Rights Movement raged on, but it seems like not much has changed, has it? – Ed.]

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Without You’, a song I wrote about that very moment. I wrote it on a ukulele in minutes and always sends me back. Don’t be expecting Sandinistas to be playing it though. Haha.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
That new Train song that’s a rip off of ‘chopsticks’. I hate what they’ve done there. It’s awful and lazy and crap like this is clogging up the airwaves where great fresh new music could be being played. [I can’t stand Train myself, so this had me laughing. This is pretty horrible. – Ed.]

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
I’ve asked myself this hundreds of times. There are so many. Slade – ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ maybe.
‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’ by the Jam is songwriting at its very best, though.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Lennon / McCartney – There’ll never be anyone better. Children will be learning their work in school for years to come the same way I learnt about Mozart, Beethoven, etc.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’m still working, so that’s an easy one. I’m a Performance Analyst for a water company. It’s a good job and enables me to be creative. No complaints there.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘London Calling’ – The Clash. Start to finish, a sublime album I couldn’t live without.

Thank you to Dan of The Sandinistas for answering these SXSW flavoured Quickfire Questions, and also to Max for sorting this out for us. The Sandinistas will be performing on the afternoon of Thursday 16 March at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30; their evening showcase in Austin will be at Javelina on Friday 17 March at 9 PM.

 
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