SXSW 2012 Profile: The Shills

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This week week, a plethora of Boston bands will make their way to Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest music festival and conference. Here, we catch up with The Shills to get their thoughts on performing at SXSW 2012.

Band Name: The Shills


What shows will you be playing at SXSW?

Tuesday, March 13
Gibson/NewTek Showcase
Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez Street; Booth 713)
Set Time – 3 p.m.
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Friday, March 16
Berklee College of Music SXSW Day Party
Friends (208 Eeast 6th Street)
Set Time – 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 17
BBQ at 116 Dunlap Street
Set Time – 3 p.m.

Wadzilla Mansion’s Boston in Austin Showcase
Treehouse Pub (501 East 6th Street – above Coyote Ugly)
Set Time – 10:45 p.m.

Have you played SXSW before?

Yes, we played a couple of shows here last year.

What brings you back or Why are you heading down?

Last year at SXSW we were able to meet and then eventually were asked to join a short tour with Canadian indie band Mother Mother. That opened a lot of doors for us. SXSW has been a huge help to The Shills in this way as far as making contacts for ourselves and spreading the word about our music. We thought we’d give ourselves another shot at interacting with people new to our music and engage in more networking opportunities for our band.

What are you most looking forward to at SXSW?

Playing in front of a new audience every night in a great city for music like Austin.

What do you hope to get out of the experience?

Hopefully some new friends and fans!

Are there any bands you plan on catching while you are there?

There are so many great bands playing this year and unfortunately not enough time to see them all – but White Denim, Kimbra, Miike Snow and the Punch Brothers stand out, among others.

When is your next local show?

We are releasing our EP on Wednesday, May 2 at Brighton Music Hall with The Dirty Dishes, You Can Be A Wesley and Art Decade! More information can be found on Facebook here.

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