3OH!3 SXSW tour diary by Kam from Chain Gang of 1974

3OH!3 SXSW tour diary by Kam from Chain Gang of 1974

Friday, March 20: I arrived in Austin on the evening of Wednesday, March 18th. I had played SXSW last year so I knew what to expect. But this time around, I am hired to play bass for 3OH!3 -- you know, that small band from Boulder? The band who still aren't super stars in the eyes of a Colorado critic but have a single in the Top 40!? [Editors note: WTF, Kam? Read Backbeat much there, broseph?] Let's just say that there are a lot of perks involved with this...haha.

After running around Austin for a bit, I met up with the dudes in the

Photo Atlas and Epilogues. We cruised around for a bit before heading

to Spiros to go see one of my favorite band's at the moment, Miniature

Tigers. And to top it off, they have Darren from the recently hiatus

announcing Phantom Planet playing lead guitar for them. If you're a

real friend of mine then you know how obsessed I am with Phantom

Planet. It was definitely a treat. After that, we walked next door to

meet up with the 3OH!3 crew. After two minutes, I found myself

line-dancing with Nat and Sean while everyone watched in either

amazement or disgust...haha. I don't really even remember! We hung out

for a bit before all leaving to the PureVolume party to go see the

Photo Atlas play. In my opinion, it was definitely the funnest party in

town. We all got Patrick Shwasted and danced up a storm to the TPA set.

And on a side note, I even met a super rad chick (you know who you are

if you're reading this...haha).

3OH!3 SXSW tour diary by Kam from Chain Gang of 1974
photo by Jensen (click to enlarge)

After going to bed at 5 a.m. and waking up six hours later (and finally

getting to shower after three days), we hopped in a cab and headed straight

for 6th street. I walked around and bumped into random friends before

heading to the Rhapsody party to see two of my other favorite band's at the

moment: Glasvegas and School of Seven Bells. Both band's blew my mind.

The vibe was just right to find that proper inspiration one's soul

needs to continue chasing after their dream. And the singer of

Glasvegas looked like Joe Strummer. It was fucking rad. But I had to

leave to go meet up with Adam from Young Coyotes (he's playing drums

for 3OH!3 on this tour) to start loading our shit into Stubbs. Both of

us were pretty nervous because the assholes they call Nat and Sean just

left us with rehearsal songs to practice on our own...haha. But got up

on stage, plugged in, and played a super fun show. Andrew Bird and Ben

Harper were also on the bill. It was an outside show and just felt

good. After we got done with that, we went to some lame ass sports bar

where every dude was staring at my "too tight" jeans. Why stare?

Jealous? Anyways, we then went back to the PureVolume party because it

literally is the funnest spot to be. Gorgeous girls, good tunes, and a

lot of old friends. You can probably guess what happened next.

I am now in Dallas to officially kick off the AP tour. The show has

been sold out for weeks at the House Of Blues here. I just got done

eating Mexican food which has already thrown off my stomach. I'll be in

the bathroom for hours! But I will be back in Austin tomorrow. You'll

hear from me then!

Throughout the week, we'll be maintaining a tour diary consisting of entries from various Denver bands that have made the trek to Austin for the city's annual South By Southwest festival. Keep checking back for frequent updates.

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