The first day included a five hour drive from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Austin, Texas. We went straight to the Rachael Ray Feedback party at Banger’s just in time for the set of Ali Wadsworth and company. With free beer and sausage sandwiches, this party was one to look forward to. After Toy Soldiers played, we were able to catch most of Jonny Fritz’s (formerly known as Jonny Corndawg) set before heading out to the Lennon Educational Tour Bus. Toy Soldiers played two songs and did a quick interview for a live stream. To wrap up the non-stop day, the band played a set at the Austin Facial Hair Club party at The Grackle.
Day two in Austin was just as busy. With a 1 pm set at The Tap Room for the Northern Exposure showcase, we got there at 10 am to get set up and see the other bands that played. This included Dan Blakeslee, Joe Fletcher, and David Wax Museum. After this showcase of great music, the band headed up the street to wrap up the day at Bar Louie.
On our last day at SXSW, Toy Soldiers were featured on a Sofar Sounds set with other amazing artists including The Staves and Kassidy. Due to the craziness of SXSW and the few days we spent in New Orleans beforehand, everyone was exhausted. A living room stage was the perfect ending to a very successful trip. From there, we headed back to Philly only to spend nearly 37 straight hours in the van together.
After another good run at SXSW, the band is looking forward to heading back next year with bigger intensions.
All photos by Seth Klinger