Check it out – it’s another shot of Heavy Lights at Super Happy Fun Land over the weekend! Photo courtesy of Cassandra Mullinix. For more of her photos, visit https://www.facebook.com/bucketofrock.
Pass go and collect your free breakfast and Monster energy drink. It’s day two at SXSW and it’s time to get into the rhythm of things. I start the day off at one of my favorite venues, The Spider House, which is near UT. I’m not too familiar with the bands listed, but it’s a good spot to take a chance. The day is rewarding and the highlight of the afternoon is Peelander Z, a wild Japanese punk band that dresses up like dejected and dirty Power Rangers.
As the day wears on – and I try to get into a showcase with Future Islands and Portugal The Man down on the infamous Rainey Street – I’m reminded of another bizarre scene at Spider House. During one of the early sets, some performers who were dressed in body suites had a midget-sized Santa statue, and a couple children who happened to be at the all-ages showcase were beating up the Santa.
Without wrist bands or any sort of priority at SXSW, some things are just impossible. SXSW is a lot like Santa, sometimes it giveth, but not very often and not always what you want the most. After being extremely close to getting into the show – but still not getting in – I understood the pain of those kids beating up ol’ Santa Clause.
Bad moods quickly dissipate when I’m reminded there’s a ton of other bands and friends I can go see and that’s what I’m really here for, anyway. My friends in the Austin-based band Tinnarose are playing their official Nine Mile Records Showcase and I’m able to breeze into Cheer Up Charlie’s (how appropriate) to catch a great surprise St. Pat’s show by Population Unknown. However, the lesson of the day is clear that I’m not actually one of the privileged few.