SxSW 2009 Preview: My Sad Captains

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Brad Kelly

18th March 2009
At 13:10 GMT

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My Sad Captains are London's newest batch of up and comers in the musical world with a debut album out soon and a slot at this years SxSW.

We managed to stop the band in their tracks just before they flew out to Texas and quizzed them on their upcoming appearance at the event. Here's what the collective had to say.


1) How many times have you been to SxSW?

This will be our first time, so looking forward to it.

2) What's the best thing about being in Austin? or if you've not been before.... What are your tourism related plans?

One of our label head honchos said it was worth going just for the ribs, so maybe some eating but I'm vegetarian so I'm not sure how that'll work out. We've been getting various tips from old Austin hands about the best venues and bars so want to try and find some of those, see which ones aren't completely rammed, and see if we can find some good music that's off the beaten track as well. One of the people who we are staying with has a dad with a ranch outside Austin apparently, so I want to go and shoot a gun and ride a horse.

3) Why are you playing SxSW? (Cos we hear the money isn't too good)

Yep it is really expensive for us to get out there and a complete hassle in many ways, but it seems like a good thing to do. We have our first album coming out and a single released around SxSW time so it feels like a good opportunity to go and play to some different people and see what they make of it all. We've not been very good at getting out of London to play, and so it seemed like if there was something worth going bankrupt for then this might be it. plus, I'm expecting it to be fun.

4) Who are you showcasing for, and where and when can we expect to see you?

We are doing the Stolen Recordings Showcase (our record label) and its at Wave rooftop at 9pm on 19th March. Got a few more shows round and about, details of which we will be putting up on our Myspace as and when we get round to it.

5) Which other bands/artists are you most looking forward to seeing over music week?

Have only had a chance to have a quick look over the list of bands, but The Proclaimers obviously. Other than that: Fanfarlo; Jason Lytle; M Ward hopefully; Women; and Department Of Eagles.

6) Will you visit the Film or Interactive sections of SxSW this year? Or is time tight?

I think we arrive after the Interactive stuff finishes but would definitely like to seem some of the film. Need to find out what's going on, but I think Andrew Bujalski's new film 'Beeswax' is on, so would like to check that out. I'm intrigued by all those mumblecore films, although I don't always like them when I see them. His ones are generally pretty good though I find.

7) What does the rest of 2009 hold for you?

So we've got the album coming out. it's called 'Here & Elsewhere'. We finished it towards the end of last year and so have just been sorting out all the details for getting it out there. It's coming out on Stolen Recordings, which we're all really chuffed about: they've put out loads of great music and we are all on the same page in terms of how we see the record and what we want to do with it, so we are looking forward to spinning the wheel and seeing where it all ends up. We've got the single coming out around SxSW - called 'A Change Of Scenery' - then another one around the album, which is out in May. We are just trying to sort out Festivals and tours etc for the Summer, then we've got a load of songs that we didn't get finished in time for the album, so would like to record those and maybe put out an EP or something later in the year. We will see what happens.

Further Information

My Sad Captains: Myspace / LastFM



March 19 - SxSW Stolen Recordings Showcase // Wave Rooftop, Austin // 21:00PM

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