Ghetto Ghouls – SXSW Artist Preview

Ghetto Ghouls are a 4 piece punk band from Austin, TX. The name comes from a street gang that steals beer and beats up old ladies in the criminally underrated Vietnam-vet vigilante film “The Exterminator”. While not exactly a street gang by day, they are: a handy man, a college geography assistant, a sound guy, and a student. At night they wield the torch of sloppy 80’s noisy Texas punk like The Dicks, Stick Men with Ray Guns, and Scratch Acid.

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

What do like most about playing at SXSW?

COREY:  Seeing  bands that don’t come through that often, making friends, finding free stuff.

DAN: Getting to play with great bands from all over. And free stuff

Are you out promoting anything?

Corey: Yeah, we have an album coming out in April. Its our first album and its being put out by Monofonus Press who’s also hosting the SXSW official show we are playing

Dan: That and a 7” coming out on 12XU in the near future.

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

Corey: Yeah, definitely that’s the great thing about South By is seeing as many good bands as you can. The Rebel, Yvette, Tyvek, Protomartyr, Spray Paint, Empty Markets, there are so many I want to see but I’ll spare you.

Dan: ditto

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

Corey:  Getting around places with your gear. Last year my car broke down in the middle of downtown while I was loading gear into a club. I had a friend help me get it into a parking lot across the street only to pay 40 bucks for a spot.

Dan: We kind of have a home field advantage being from Austin, so it’s not really challenging. We’re playing a show at Hotel Vegas at 2pm on Wednesday and then immediately after at 2:45pm at Beerland, so we’ll have to book it over there for that, but that’s part of the fun of it.

Do you have any survival tips for those attending SXSW?

Corey: Don’t get alcohol poisoning!

Dan: Rent a bike or something, driving/parking anywhere is impossible.

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

Corey: I like to stick around and check out the other bands.

Dan: Depends, Ian and Garrett work at Beerland, and Corey and I are there most nights of the week so that’s probably where we’ll be when we aren’t playing shows or at home. They have great bands playing every day of South By so it’s a good place to be.

What are your SXSW Show Times?

Wed: 2pm @ Hotel Vegas
Wed: 2:45pm @ Beerland
Sat: 9:20pm @ Hideout Theatre

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