[SXSW RECAP] Part 4
After a wonderful night of psychedelic gatherings, befriending the neighbours, music and singalongs on the porch and being visited by a strange little faerie in the night, we prepared ourselves to head south to Hotel San Jose to meet with the lovely ladies of Free People.
We had an inspiring meeting with Julia and Jana over coffee and beers whilst listening to the sweet sounds of San Fermin on the outdoor stage. We then headed to the famous Güero's Taco Bar for some Bloody Marys, tasty mexican food and a pep-talk about all the things we planned to fit in to the coming evening.
We stopped in to Remedy Bar on 5th where Jesus Sons were setting up for their first set, ahead of their friends The Blank Tapes and The Longshots. We then practically ran across town to see Streets of Laredo play at the Liberty Tavern inside the Hilton, where this hotel bar had somehow managed to cram seven of these talented musicians on to a tiny temporary stage. The lack of space didn't affect the band's energy, and we managed to have a chat to the lead singer Dan after their set, who insisted he'd met us at CMJ last year! Small, small little world we live in.
Back over to 5th street we headed next to see our friends Grizzled Mighty play at Woven House. After arriving to an open bar and a rowdy bunch of people drunk on Jägermeister, we weren't sure if we were at the right venue, but the Seattle duo soon took to the stage and changed the atmosphere in the bar from frat party to gritty rock'n'roll pit. We ran in to some friends from the previous night's porch sessions, who run the Up Collective on the east side of town, a lovely gallery and artists studio space who also happened to host a string of bands this year, including the previously mentioned Blank Tapes.
Again we put on our running boots and dashed back over to Remedy to see our friends Jesus Sons, where the very lovely Chloe was doing her live liquid light projections, making for a very magical show. Apparently this day in particular we just couldn't sit still, so we were back over to the British Music Embassy just in time to catch UK psychedelic rockers Temples. The boys' hair was probably the talking point of the show with James's curly locks putting Noel Fielding and even The Horrors to shame.
We headed back over to the east side on a little bar crawl, and met up with the Quiet Life boys and their lovely manager Dave for drinks at our beloved Yellow Jacket Social Club. The night held some entertaining events but as always we ended up back at the Willow Street house for our final night there as a dysfunctional family.
The next morning we said farewell to the gang as the boys (and Chloe) headed off on their Jesus Trip tour, we attempted to salvage our items from all over the house and deal with the realisation that our SXSW had come to an end.