Denver Does SXSW


Wildflowers are seriously excited to be heading out on our first American road trip from Denver to Austin this week, in a pick-up truck, to play South By South West. We’re there representing Original 1265 Recordings (MI), and I’ve been doing a little digging to find out who else from Denver is going to be joining us in Texas. I’m not able to mention everyone on the long list, so I’ve chosen a few highlights, and it’s all about the showcases:

Sailor Records
Sailor Records is a label that specializes in hard rock, punk and metal – music that they believe in and live by – and they held their “SXSW Sendoff Party” last Friday at Hi-Dive, with Muscle Beach, Native Daughters, Lords of Fuzz and Plastic Daggers on the bill. If heavy is your thing, you should check out all the acts on this label, especially if you’re heading to SXSW as this will be an opportunity to witness an awesome insight to the Denver rock scene. Their show is on Thursday 16, 8pm, at Friends Bar in Austin. The above bands will be joined by Necropanther and Greenbeard to complete Sailor Records’ first ever SXSW showcase. Oscar from Sailor Records said: “We’re very proud of this opportunity to represent Denver at SXSW. All of our artists going believe deeply in their craft and our goal is to spread the gospel of SR’s and allow fans to see what makes our scene so awesome. And it’s such a great time even if you’re not into the ‘official’ thing. Tons of amazing bands and artists fighting the fight all over the city.”

Here’s a kick-ass live song by Plastic Daggers called Hey! Operator! Performed at Hi-Dive late last year: Hey! Operator!

Sailor records SXSW

Also playing as part of a showcase, in the middle of an extensive SXSW schedule are Edison – a female fronted indie/folk/rock trio – currently signed to Rhyme & Reason Records (NJ). Edison are in the middle of a two-month tour at the moment, supporting their new album Familiar Spirit, and are excited to be “official” at SXSW this year for the first time ever. They are gigging at the festival every day from Tuesday 14th through Saturday 18th, which is awesome exposure for any band, and as if this wasn’t enough good fortune, they also won this year’s “Home Away” SXSW Birdhouse Competition, which means they’ll be staying in the sweetest apartment in Austin all week! Click here to see just how great it is…
The Birdhouse
Their official SXSW gig is part of the Rhyme & Reason Records showcase on March 16 in The Gibson Room at Maggie Mae’s at 1AM.
Check out this beautiful live acoustic version of their song The Good Fight…
The Good Fight

Edison SXSW Schedule

Pizza Time
Someone else who seems to be having the time of his life is David Castillo from Denver band Pizza Time, signed to Burger Records (CA). He says that Pizza Time has come to an end really, with no new material planned, although he will be playing the odd show here and there, one of which is at Hotel Vegas, on the main outdoor stage, March 18 at 8pm at SXSW. Pizza Time will be joined on stage by a very special guest – AJ Davila, the founder of the Puerto Rican garage rock band Davila 666. David’s new band is called Panaderia, and they are on their second album, also being released through Burger Records. His longest running project is called David & Company and he’s currently writing a new album under that guise. There’s a lot going on in David’s life right now, what with three bands on the go and an animated web series, and straight after SXSW he’s heading off to play an all day festival put on by Burger Records, at a place called The Paper Tiger in San Antonio, where the original punk rockers Television are headlining. In his words: “Burger has put me on some shows with legends like Weezer and Bone Thugs N Harmony and like a million other bands that I am a huge fanboy for but TELEVISION takes the cake.”
Here’s a track that will get you bopping along by Panaderia called No Tengo Ganas
No Tengo Ganas

Pizza Time SXSW

Good luck to everyone who’s playing and big love to all the bands that are being turned away at immigration.

Kit Bennett is the keyboard player for Wildflowers, co-host of DIME Presents radio show at Met Media, and facilities manager for DIME Denver. Follow on Twitter @Kitbennett1

Wildflowers will be playing Friday 17 on the 18th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn at 11pm