SXSW 2017 Interview: Picture This

By on Friday, 24th March 2017 at 3:00 pm
 

The Tuesday afternoon of SXSW 2017 was a busy one for interviews. The second of my scheduled appointments for the day was a true roving-reporter style interview on the bustling streets of downtown Austin with rising Irish pop/rock duo Picture This. Our own Adam had already featured Picture This, comprising singer/songwriter Ryan Hennessy and drummer/xylophonist Jimmy Rainsford, in his preview of Irish bands at SXSW 2017.  But I was up to that point unfamiliar with their work, and as I wasn’t able to see them live until the following Thursday, I had plenty of questions to ask in the interview. (Keep an eye on TGTF for our coverage of Picture This at the Full Irish Breakfast on the Thursday morning of SXSW.)

Fortunately for me, Hennessy and Rainsford were more than willing to chat about their recent activities and rather dazzling list of accomplishments. It became clear in very short order that this is a band with a singularly determined ambition and a sharp-sighted focus on their rapidly unfolding career path. In the course of our conversation, it came out that Hennessy and Rainsford had only just arrived in Austin from Nashville, where they recorded their debut album (in “record” time, so to speak) at Jacquire King’s Blackbird Studios. They talked with me about their experience working with King, as well as their decision to record in Nashville rather than their home base of Dublin, where they’ve already had incredible success on the live music scene.

Picture This are scheduled to tour the UK and Ireland in May and June; you can find a complete list of live dates on their official Facebook. Their shiny new LP is due out later this summer on Republic Records. In the meantime, you can listen to ‘Let’s Be Young’, from their self-titled and self-released debut EP, just below the interview stream.

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Many thanks to Taylor for coordinating this interview.

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