Swedish dreampop purveyors The Mary Onettes released their lush, mellifluous mini-album, Portico, earlier this month on Labrador, a swift followup to last year's Hit The Waves. Although the band was sadly forced to postpone their North American tour this month due to unexpected visa issues, they were able to play SXSW, the group's first U.S. dates in six years.
Since the writing of Portico was influenced by space travel and photography, The Alternate Side asked The Mary Onettes' frontman Philip Ekström if he'd pull together a photo blog of The Mary Onettes' peregrinations around Austin, which can resemble another planet during SXSW.
Check out Philip's blog and listen to The Mary Onettes' gorgeous "Naive Dream," below. For FUV's full SXSW 2014 coverage, head here. Read the balance of the TAS SXSW blogs here.
Philip Ekström of The Mary Onettes: SXSW Blog:
Since we all have been watching "True Detective," this was our choice of beverage:
After the first show at Threadgills. You might wonder who this man is. It's me and Henrik's father. He wanted to come with us. So he got the excellent job of selling merchandise.
Us playing at the Under The Radar party. This was great! They are wonderful people at Under The Radar, and we had really good show there. Also I think that Under The Radar party had the best lineup on SXSW. It all took place at the wonderful Flamingo Cantina. We saw Future Islands here the day before and it totally blew me away.
In the evenings we were just walking around Rainey Street area, trying all the different food trucks. In this picture we are eating very good shrimp taco! I love this area. And I kept coming back to the taco truck all the time.
Second hand shopping. Looking for things to purchase. We found Buffalo Exchange. I got myself a Dallas t -shirt. Great success!
When we were just about to fill up the car with gas and leave for the airport we ran into this excellent show with Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. Behind the gas station there was a litte place called Waterloo Bicycles. They were arranging awsome litte shows like this. We just had stay there for couple of hours. The amazing thing about SXSW is that you can see little shows like this everywhere. And those were the most enjoyable!
— Philip Ekström, The Mary Onettes