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SXSW Band Of The Week: Dead Coast, The Interview

SXSW treated us well, as per usual, and through serendipity we met the talented and incredibly amazing people that also happen to be in a band. Dead Coast are our band of the week and we could not be more happy to have them be a part of it with their off-beat infectious myriad of sounds.
We interviewed them so that our readers get to know them and see why we adore them.

You just finished up with SXSW. How did that go for you?

 It went pretty well I guess, we couldn’t ask for more as it was our first time in US and at SXSW. We were all pretty excited about the festival… we heard a lot about it in the past from friends and people that went there before us and personally I was always thinking “fuck it, we’ve gotta go too”. – Luca

What did you enjoy most about being in Austin and performing at SXSW?

We enjoyed the weather first of all, coming from Chicago with all that cold and snow, it was a relief to step on warm soil… The house where we stayed, including the lovely people we stayed with was excellent and we enjoyed most of the venues we performed at. Also seeing lots of bands (some pretty good ones too) performing one after another was really impressive I must say. The appreciation the people showed us after each performance was amazing and it gave us a good boost to keep going. – Luca

You left Austin and headed West, we know you stopped in Roswell New Mexico on the way, Did you have any alien encounters while there?

 Wow… Roswell was a very interesting place and a bit spooky at the same time, all these closed down stores with alien puppets covered with spider webs and dust, there were alien gadgets everywhere because of the history of the place and it was simply fantastic! Again a beautiful sunny day but this time surrounded by harmless extraterrestrial beings, and yes of course we encountered some of them, but I can’t tell you nothing about it, it’s supposed to be a secret… – Luca

You leave the states and head back to England at the end of the month. Will you take a vacation when you get there or go back to work?

YES! We will all need to stay away from each other for a bit, taking some time off to go back to our normal life routines, spending time with our partners and so on… Then we will be back in studio focusing on the band as we have few gigs lined up in the very near future. Keep your eyes peeled! – Luca

You stayed with us while in Austin, was there any differences that you noticed between the way Americans live and the way the English live?

 It’s pretty much the same we all love good company, healthy food and have a spirit of communion and sharing! As an Italian I found the American way very similar to our one, a relaxed and easy going attitude… oh and I loved the continuous topping up of coffee … in England this doesn’t happen! – Mari

Tell our readers why they should be listening to Dead Coast

Listening to us is like going on a trip with your imagination… you’ll be in different places and experience different feelings. – Mari

What is the most enjoyable thing about being in a band?

To travel and be able to share with people that unique energy that the band creates while performing. – Mari

What is your earliest memory of music?

Sunday morning, turntable spinning some jazz classics, my grandpa smoking a pipe in his chair, me trying to count the vinyl’s in his record collection and being fascinated by what looked like. The biggest library in the world! – Mari

3 essential road trip songs?

Captain Beefheart – Sure Nuff N Yes I Do

Neil Young – Walk On

Lou Reed – Vicious – Craig

If you had to only listen to one song, and no other, the rest of your life, what would that song be?

The Doors – Blue Sunday – Craig

Everyone has that one song you really don’t want people to know you listen to, call it your guilty pleasure. What is that song?

Status Quo – In The Army Now – Craig

Imagine you were never in a band, what would you be doing?

I’d be working in a record shop in London… – Craig

You buy a lottery ticket and it ends up winning you $10 million. What would you do with the winnings?

 If I won the lottery I’d quit my job immediately and build my own studio, maybe live on my own island. A recording studio on my own island. – Jonny

What is the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from an interview? I once played Mary in my school nativity, even though there were girls at the school too – Jonny

Anything else you would like to say to our readers?

We would like to say to your readers to come to our next show (at the lock Tavern, in Camden, London) – Jonny

About Teri (2218 Articles)
You can usually find me traveling, queuing, or at barricade for a band. I am most likely doing all three things in a day. If I'm not at a concert you can also find me digging through crates for that coveted black disc of vinyl.

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