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SXSW 2012: Motion City Soundtrack, Tycho, Say Anything, & the Phantom Family Halo

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This year I was finally able to attend some concerts during SXSW since I am now 21 and can legally enter bars to attend shows. The first weekend of spring break, I went to go visit my family for a few days then my dad drove me back to Austin and stayed for the rest of the week to catch some amazing shows by some of my favorite bands.

Before I get started, I must warn you that this post is going to be video and picture heavy, so be warned!

The first show I was able to attend was Motion City Soundtrack’s set at Rusty’s that Wednesday of spring break. I decided to drag my dad along since I didn’t want to leave him alone at my apartment. We left early that day to look for parking and to look for the bar that they were going to be playing at. We ended up getting to Rusty’s an hour early so we stood around watching some other bands perform while we waited for it to be time to see MCS play. Rusty’s had two indoor stages, so we didn’t know which one they were going to play at. While walking around, we bumped into Justin, the lead singer of MCS, and he complimented me on my MCS shirt. I asked him which stage they were going to play at and he pointed us to the right direction. Thanks to be there early, I was able to be right in front and center. There was probably two feet between me and the lead singer so I got some great video of them performing. My dad didn’t want to get in front with me but he stayed on the side along the wall but was pretty close too.

Justin even pointed at me while I was recording “My Favorite Accident” and it was one of the best things ever.

I will honestly cherish that moment forever.

After the set ended, Justin gave out his guitar picks and he gave me one. I was also able to snag Tony Thaxton’s, the drummer, setlist. My dad noticed how overexcited I was and I think he was happy that I brought him along with me.

After the show, we went to go eat at Kerbey Lane since we hadn’t eaten all day because I always refuse to eat right before any sort of event in my life. My dad made fun of me for basically inhaling my food within 5 minutes. I didn’t care, I just wanted to eat as soon as possible because we were going to see Tycho later on that night.

I want to say that we say Tycho around 9 o’clock at Club DeVille, but I may be wrong on the time. Again, we got there early so I squeezed my way to the front. I was able to get about three people away from the front of the stage which was actually not so bad considering the amount of people that were already there. I was actually really excited to see them perform since it was going to be the first time I was going to see them live. Their projector was on for the first song, but it seemed to have given out. Not sure if this was done purposely or if they were having some technical difficulties. Either way, it was a good show and had a pretty chill vibe. My dad was amazed by how the audience for Tycho was different than the audience for MCS.

After this set was done, my dad and I headed back to the car, we picked up my friends Martin, Jenni, and Sharron and went towards Clive Bar for another MCS show at 1 AM. Since Sharron was underage, my dad took her back to the apartment after he dropped us off a couple of blocks away from the bar. When we got there, Martin went to go buy something to drink while Jenni and I tried to get as close to the stage as possible. We were probably halfway into the crowd when the show started but we ended up getting pushed all the way the “second” row thanks to the crowd surfers and the mini “mosh pits”.

Their set got shut down and they weren’t able to play their last three songs, which I was a bit upset about since they were going to play a song I’ve never personally heard live. But in the end it was a pretty good show. I was close to catching Tony Thaxton’s drumstick but a drunk guy next to me slap it back towards the stage and the girl in from of me reached for it and was able to get it.

When I got home that night, I was still too hyped up to go to bed. I stayed up until 5 in the morning looking through Instagram under the #sxsw tag and looking under geotags of the bars I was at. I ended up coming across a picture of the Tycho crowd taken by some girl and I came out in it. I commented on the photo that I was in that picture. Later on she commented on one of my pictures from MCS and said that she was at that show too. I guess we both just had really great taste in music.

The next day, Thursday, I went to go see MCS for the third time. Sadly the show was only badges and wristbands but the windows to the club Latitude 30 were open and we were able to see them perform without a problem. Justin voice seemed to be a bit strained but they still gave a good last minute performance.

After that, Jenni and Martin meet up with me downtown and my dad switched out his car for Jenni’s so we didn’t have to lose the parking spot. My dad left and Jenni, Martin, and I went to Shakespeare’s for a while then headed to Buffalo Billiard’s to go see Say Anything.

When we got in, some man yelled out to let only a few more people in and to close the line. As we were going upstairs to the second floor, someone that was working there told us that we were lucky to get in. (We didn’t think of it much but according to Jenni, she found out that they only let a certain number of people with and without badges in.) Martin went to the bar area while Jenni and I squirmed our way to the front. We actually ended up right in front and in the center! We ended  up striking a conversation with a girl that was next to us about being lucky to be in the front then all of a sudden she realized I was the girl from Instagram. We had gone to another of the same concerts and actually ended up right next to each other this time!

The Say Anything show was actually one of my favorites shows that I attended this SXSW. Max Bemis really knows how to give a great performance. The energy was just so positive and energetic. Not to mention that almost every person was completely swooning over him. He even touched my face on several occasions. I even ended up getting a guitar pick for myself and caught the drummer’s drum stick in which I battled against the person behind me for a good while until they decided to let it go. I gave it to Jenni since she loves Say Anything more than I do and I swear she turned into a 5 year old who was given a pound of candy. I guess we must of been real lucky that day since everything just seemed to fall into place.

Finally Friday came and I went to see the Phantom Family Halo with my dad and got to meet William Benton who I’ve somehow struck up an acquaintance online a few years ago. (Though I’m not exactly sure how that happened anymore.) They had played earlier on during the day but I wasn’t able to make it so I caught their show at Rusty’s later on that night. After the show, I went up Mr. Benton and chatted with him for a bit, we said our goodbyes, and that was the end of SXSW for me.

Honestly, I had a great time at SXSW. I’m so glad I now live in one of the greatest cities in the world. I even met some new people along the way. Hopefully I can get a badge next year so I don’t have play it by chance.

So, now it’s time to spam you with a bunch of concert pictures! Don’t forget to click the link below. 🙂


Written by Monklin

April 2, 2012 at 12:10 am

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