The Alternate Side salutes Spanish Prisoners' frontman Leo Maymind for being so diligent with his SXSW blog, especially with their two-gig schedule today, March 16. The Bushwick band took a slight detour from their current tour to take on Austin's annual week-of-chaos to showcase their dreamily handsome debut album, Gold Fools. Spanish Prisoners, who have the BirdDog promo show earlier this afternoon, play Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie at Crowbar at 9 p.m. CT tonight and on Saturday they play Boston in Austin at the Treehouse Pub at 7 p.m. CT. Maymind's second blog is below and catch up to yesterday's blog here.
Spanish Prisoners, Day Two:
Our first full day in Austin! We began the day by packing up Steve, our trusty van, and heading downtown. We had a video shoot scheduled with CD Baby for early afternoon, but the first obstacle was finding parking anywhere near the hotel that the shoot was scheduled to take place.
We knew this was going to be difficult, to say the least, but it actually proved damn near impossible. We thought we had left ourselves with enough time to get there way early — in fact, we ended up circling downtown two or three times and finally parked in a garage about 20 minutes away and got there half an hour late. Luckily, Ben from CD Baby and Andrea from Look Sessions were totally understanding, and we lucked out because the band scheduled after us was way more punctual and actually got there early, allowing us to switch spots. Thanks for making us look bad, guys.
We were playing a stripped down version of our song "Know No Violence." Our drummer Mike wrote the song and was playing a small toy guitar that we've been traveling with. Amberly was playing an old 80s Yamaha keyboard (using the 'flute' preset, I believe), James was playing claves, and I was adding atmospheric synth sounds via the Teenage Engineering OP-1.
The room was on the 19th floor and it had amazing views of downtown Austin.
The version we ended up recording was pretty different from the album version- always fun to hear, I think. The next thing on our itinerary was the Paper Garden Records / My Old Kentucky Blog show at the Uncorked Wine Bar. They had a great little stage set up in the backyard, and despite the heat up there, it was an idyllic place to play with great views — far removed from the usual dark clubs we are used to.
We hadn't really had a lot of chances yet to see other bands play, so we were thrilled to catch Fierce Creatures immediately after us. They packed seven people up there [on stage] and utilized some great synth textures in a heavily arranged set. Great guys too. We caught up with some old friends before venturing out to satisfy our coffee addiction: the one thing all four of us can unanimously agree upon. Luckily there was a Stumptown truck nearby that had some delicious cold brew.
The rest of the day was spent at the annual Megablaag, put on by a [music site] and some amazing blogs. We managed to catch some great DJ sets with corresponding visuals courtesy of the guys from Snowmine. I was particularly into Chrome Sparks, who managed to pull some pretty warped beats out of some vinyl.