Carbon Tigers – SXSX Artist Preview

Carbon Tigers is a band that won’t give up. After gaining much attraction on a local level, their van along with their equipment and merchandise was stolen after a show in Chicago. Since then, the band has refined their sound and released a new EP that has gained the attention of NYLON Magazine, Guitar World, Last.FM, AbsolutePunk, BrooklynVegan, and more. 2014 will soon be the biggest year for the band as they play music festivals in Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, Ohio, and more.

As a lead-up to South by Southwest, The Noise Room is talking to bands and artists performing at SXSW. Here’s what Carbon Tigers had to say:

What do like most about playing at SXSW?

We are all very much looking forward to the warm weather! We’re starting to forget that people leave their houses without 17 layers on. I’m also from San Antonio, TX so I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends and family!

Are you out promoting anything?

Right now, we are promoting our mid-November release, The Wars at Home. It’s a collection of five songs that we worked incredibly hard on.

Are there any bands or musicians that you are looking forward to checking out?

Oh man, so many! Where to start… Desert Noises, American Aquarium, Little Hurricane, Holychild, Twin Peaks, Kishi Bashi, The Rich Hands, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Warpaint, California Wives, Chance the Rapper, Moon Taxi, Chiodos, The Mowglis, Cody ChesnuTT, Oberhofer, Kiev… I could go all day haha

What are the challenges for you or your band when playing at SXSW?

This will be our first time playing at SXSW, or in Texas at all, so we’re not sure exactly what we’ll face but I’m sure finding parking for our van will be troublesome. We also have this weird phobia of leaving gear in our van so if a venue is providing a backline, we might have a hard time focusing on the performance. I’m sure we’ll be okay though. Unless all hell breaks loose and riots form in the streets…. That’d be something to see!

Do you have any survival tips for those attending SXSW?

In my experience, it’s best to not go 100% party mode the first day or two. You’ll be exhausted before Friday even hits! Also: drink lots of water! Hydration is key. Your friends will like you more if they don’t have to babysit you while the paramedics are on their way.

Are you more “stick around, check out music and enjoy the scene” or “play as many shows as possible then get out”?

Being that it’s our first time down as a band, I think we’ll check out as much as we can. We have a lot of shows lined up over the week so we’ll be playing a lot so at the very least we’ll get to check out all the awesome bands we get to share the stage with!

What are your SXSW Show Times?

Wed., March 12th – 12:35pm – Big Picture Media Showcase – Thirsty Nickel (325 E 6th St.)
Wed., March 12th- 1am – The Nekkid Armadilla Presents:  – Lucky Lounge (209 W 5th St.)
Thurs., March 13 – 12:30pm – AEMMP Records Presents – Bat Bar (218 E 6th St.)
Thurs., March 13th – 9pm- Audiotree SXSW Showcase – Papi Tino’s (1306 E. 6th St.)
Sat., March 15th – 2pm – RedGorilla Music Fest Showcase – Thirsty Nickel (325 E. 6th St.)

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Is there anything you’d like to add?

Texas: Polish up those boots cause we’re about to get movin!

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