Quilt's SXSW tour crewOur last stop on tour before Austin was Orlando, where QUILT played Orange You Glad Festival, a four-day fest also featuring Cults, Tennis, Grimes, and others. The festival drew a notable amount of artists on tour en route to SXSW, similarly to the Savannah Stopover Festival that Quilt played a few nights earlier.
We finally made it to Austin around 11:45 on Monday night. We headed straight to Club 1808, where QUILT played a set just after midnight.
It's been an inspiring ten days of new faces and spaces all over the East coast. Here are some more snapshots of what it looked and sounded like:
What do the three psychedelic hitmakers of QUILT listen to on the road? Wonder no longer, y'all. Here's ten songs from the tour-van soundtrack that we were real psyched on so far this week. But this is just the first installment -- expect a few more along to way.
The Beach Boys - Transcendental Meditation
Weyes Blood at Dreamcastle in Philadelphia on 3/4/12, playing with Quilt.
"Pennsylvania is noticeably spooky,” said Natalie Mering, a/k/a WEYES BLOOD, late on Friday night, in the dark kitchen of Dreamcastle, a house that hosts basement shows in South Philly.
Her observation spoke to the dark, psyched-out sonics looming through all four sets at Dreamcastle that night; the show was the second stop on QUILT’s tour to South by Southwest.
A whole year? It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since my 2011 SXSW tour diary. What a whirlwind, y’all.
I am pretty psyched to be traveling again to Austin with one of my favorite-bands-turned-sweet-friends, QUILT.
The span of time from SXSW2k11 to SXSW2k12 has been a pretty transitional time-span for this caravan.
Touring on a DIY circuit makes the music world seem small and interconnected. By coincidence, QUILT happened to be booked, through a friend of a friend, on the same house show in Fredericksburg, VA as Sore Eros, Pop 1280, and Cult of Youth – all of whom are playing a house show I helped coordinate at SXSW.
After a Chinatown bus ride on Friday morning (spent reading horoscopes, eating adzuki sprouts, talking Boston DIY), QUILT guitarist/vocalist Anna Rochinski and I shuffled equipment, merch, and bags from Manhattan to Brooklyn to meet up with their new drummer John Andrews and guitarist/vocalist Shane Butler, down the block from Shane’s apartment.
After going broke at SXSW last year, I made a deal with myself to not go back unless I found a ride and presented a show. In my two years of attending the festival, my only major investment has been flying. (I don’t buy a badge, and go to mostly DIY shows in parking lots, backyards, kitchens, bridges, glass blowing shops