You might think that Laura Critchley is a bit too Pop orientated for Strange Glue but considering she's got a slot at SxSW we thought, why not? And grabbed a few minutes with the songstress to see how she feels about playing the upcoming Festival for the first time.
1) How many times have you been to SxSW?
This will be my first time but I cant wait. Ive been only to LA before, and I love the American spirit and attitude to new talent.
2) What's the best thing about being in Austin? or if you've not been before.... What are your tourism related plans?
Ah! I wish I had more time to do tourist stuff! I play my gigs on 19th, and hopefully one to be confirmed on 20th and then its straight off on an RV to LA to play 4 gigs there. We finish up on 28th playing at the San Diego festival.
3) Why are you playing SxSW? (Cos we hear the money isn't too good)
PR!! I love America, and I have always felt my heart lies there, and I think my sound is American despite being from Liverpool. Id love nothing more than to be picked up by a US label.
4) Who are you showcasing for, and where and when can we expect to see you?
My main showcase is part of the Bedford Bandstand, which is run by Tony Moore. He is one of the most enthusiastic proponents of new and fresh talent in the UK, and champions new talent like myself. Hes got 20 other acts as well, including Lucie Silvas and the Proclaimers coming out too. He was a founding member of Iron Maiden but left as he thought they would never make it! ooopss..! Im playing at 8pm on 19th March at Creekside EMC - Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N IH 35 ( between 5th and 6th Street)
5) Which other bands/artists are you most looking forward to seeing over music week?
As many as I can ! I love all new music and dont have any specific plans or specific artists.
6) Will you visit the Film or Interactive sections of SxSW this year? Or is time tight?
Time is non-existent!! We have a 3 day drive after the gigs but im actually really looking forward to hitting the road. im travelling with 5 other pretty hot blokes (well, 4 others and my manager !) .. so Im looking forward to that!!
7) What does the rest of 2009 hold for you?
Ahh who knows!! Im recording my second album and hopefully heading out to China and Japan where they have taken my first album on. Im hoping to get back to India too, where I toured last December, just after the Mumbai attacks. It's an open book and an exciting year ahead! I just want to play live to as many people as possible!
March 19 2009 - SxSW Bedford Bandstand // Creekside EMC at The Hilton Garden Inn, Austin // 20:00