Sydney’s Food Court have been on our radar for a few years now and we can’t wait to see them make their overseas debut at the big playground that is SXSW. Ahead of their trip to Austin, the band tells us how they’re anticipating the trip and what’s coming up for them once SXSW wraps.
Have you played SXSW before? How are you anticipating heading to Austin?
This is our first time playing overseas and SXSW, so we’re pretty damn excited. We’ve heard it’s pretty wild over there so we’re doing plenty of yoga and liver cleansing in preparation for the week of SXSW fury.
Tell us about (any) new music you might be hoping to showcase in Austin – how long has that been in the making for?
We’re releasing our debut album a few months after our Austin trip so we’ll be playing a lot of the new material over there which will be fun. There’s a good mix of styles on this album, so hopefully people are into it. We were writing and recording for a good chunk of 2016, so looking forward to finally getting it out there into the world.
SXSW can often be a platform for new musicians to gain exposure and also link up with potential collaborators/discover new artists themselves. What’s exciting you the most about heading over, as a creative?
I think playing to a totally different crowd is the most exciting thing. So many people from all parts of the globe so it will be a refreshing experience for us. Also meeting new people is gonna be great, network heaps and have plenty of fun.
Have you toured/written/worked much in the American market before?
It’s a first time for everything over there for most of us. Nic our drummer toured the US with his last band The Salvagers. Normally most bands have had some traction before going over there but when we got the invitation to play SXSW we thought, “Fuck it, let’s just do it for a fun experience.” We’re doing a run of shows in Canada afterwards which we’re looking forward too. It’s -3 over there right now so we’ll defo have to pack some thermal undies.
Have you performed at any of these sorts of festivals before?
Nope, this will be the first time.
If you’ve seen the SXSW line up – who are you looking forward to checking out?
There’s some great bands playing so we’ll try and get to as many shows as possible during our days off. There’s a Burger Records party at Hotel Vegas which looks awesome, keen to see Meatbodies play, they’re super rad. We heard Wu Tang and Weezer are playing somewhere too, could be on the cards.
How would you say the Australian presence is growing at these international showcase events – what would you say it’s doing for our industry?
I think it’s great. The more Aussies killing it OS can only be a good thing.
Do you have any upcoming releases you’d like to plug for Aussie audiences?
We’ve recently released the first single, “Slightest Brightest” off our debut album. We had it pressed as a 7″ split with Canadian band The Dirty Nil and will be available to buy from our Bandcamp merch page soon.
FOOD COURT SXSW SHOWCASES
March 14th | 3:20 @ B.D. Riley’s
March 15th | 8pm @ Dirty Dog Bar