The days are getting longer, the nights are getting shorter and sweeter, and that, my little vixens, can only mean one thing: it's getting close to being almost time for the one and only SXSW. And of course, that means I had to ask some questions of the bands I'd sure want to see if I was heading down to Austin for the 25th annual SXSW-stravaganza.
It’s totally impossible these days to not think of the horrible things that have befallen Japan over the last week. Zoobombs, from Tokyo, is a bright spot amongst all that darkness. Their herky jerky garage fuzzery and sonic antics are surely to become the stuff of legend. Obviously, if you happen to see them, a) buy them a beer and b) give them a big, big hug.
Les Enfants Terribles: How are you getting to SXSW: plane, train, or automobile?
Zoobombs: Well, all of them. We go Tokyo airport by train (2 hours), then fly to US by plane (13 hours), then drive in car to Austin after some shows in U.S. and Canada (many days!!!). Unfortunately, no ship or space ship. Next time!
LET: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
Z: Motivation, soul and health.
LET: How many showcases/parties will you be playing?
Z: Show? We have to play show!?!?! Okay! We pack instruments then. Motivation and soul, too!!!
LET: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Z: Exciting new band we don't know yet but will love. We like surprise. SXSW good for that!
LET: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Austin?
Z: Gas for automobile, coffee for person. Get to show!
LET: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
Z: Fuji Rock Fest - the Japanese most biggest festival! - in '97. We were so happy. Then hurricane hit and the second day was blow out. No more show! Not so happy anymore. It is almost legend.
mp3: Highway A Go Go (Zoobombs from the forthcoming La Vie En Jupon)