Anglo-American anthemic rockers The Boxer Rebellion are gearing up for a North American tour this April, but first they made a return trip to SXSW, supporting their new album The Cold Still which dropped last month. Despite heavy-duty SXSW stress - the band plays their last Austin showcase tonight, March 19 - drummer Piers Hewitt found time to send on a blog for The Alternate Side.
If you happen to be in Austin, The Boxer Rebellion put on a mighty show and they'll take on the Steve Madden showcase at Cedar Street Courtyard at 11:59 p.m., but if not, the London-based band arrives in New York to play Bowery Ballroom on April 13 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 15:
Let's get this straight: carrying guitars, etc. through the sun-baked streets of Austin with little beads of sweat finding their way under your sunglasses is not on the top of my list of things I love. Luckily, the hard graft that is required at SXSW is balanced out with a "bang up" time (I heard that term on 6th street last night - not sure about it yet).
The last couple of days has been spent trying to forget tiredness even exists and getting on with these sweatbox shows. Favourite of ours, for me, was yesterday afternoon at Antone's - the Live4ever party (who are great guys). It was extremely hot but worth it.
Then it was most certainly drinks o'clock. Last night included all sorts of stuff. Here's a brief rundown: Best Wurst, a church, green ticker tape, Jagermeister, jelly shots (that took me back), watching a man puke in the street, big line-ups, entry refusal (those fire marshalls always turn up at the wrong time), Jagermeister, miscommunication, beards, more Jagermeister, and a rather excellent set from Liam Finn.