The Rosebuds comprises of just two members, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp and together they make some pretty impressive noise together.
Their latest record Life Like was released back in October of 2008 and impressed a fair amount of critics as well as fans. We caught up with Ivan before their performance at this years SxSW to see how they were doing.
1) How many times have you been to SxSW?
I think this will be our 4th time performing at SXSW
2) What's the best thing about being in Austin? or if you've not been before.... What are your tourism related plans?
We have always liked playing Austin. We have a lot of really good friends who live in the area and it is always good to see them. This year I want to make it to Barton Springs, but I seem to never have time so it is looking doubtful again. And over the years I have actually gotten to like Texas style Bar-b-que too. Coming from vinegar based North Carolina bar-b-que to smoked style was a shock at first but now maybe I see the light?
3) Why are you playing SxSW? (Cos we hear the money isn't too good)
We don't get to make it to every city as much as some bands do, so we like playing shows where fans and the writers from all over the world can come to see us. And we also like seeing bands that don't come to Raleigh NC much. And the friends too...
4) Who are you showcasing for, and where and when can we expect to see you?
We are playing the MERGE / BARSUK Records show case at the Parish on March 21st at 12 midnight, and the KUT/NPR Showcase at Momo's on March 20th at 10pm. We are also playing the Hot Freaks day party, which we are really excited about, as well as the Homeslice day party and we are doing a special recording session for WOXY! So we'll be around. Just look for the pretty dresses and the very hansom gentleman walking around.
5) Which other bands/artists are you most looking forward to seeing over music week?
Well lets see too many to list. How about for Wednesday night only: Camera Obscura, School of Seven Bells, and M.Ward. There is a comedy show on Friday I'd love to be able to get into to see Todd Barry and Eugen Mirman too!
6) Will you visit the Film or Interactive sections of SxSW this year? Or is time tight?
We would love to, but time is always too tight.
7) What does the rest of 2009 hold for you?
Not sure yet. A US tour with the band MEGAFAUN who you all will be righting about this year when their amazing new record comes out on the Home tapes labels in May! Then Europe in May/June. The Kelly is going to go to Harvard for the summer and I am going to try to finish a couple of projects I have cooking on the back burner!
20th March 2009 SxSW KUT/NPR Showcase // Momo's, Austin // 22:00PM
21st March 2009 SxSW Merge / Barsuk Records Showcase // The Parish, Austin // 12:00AM (Midnight)