MEB staffer Megan Ammer recently conversed with Gentlemen Hall, a Boston-based band who’s currently showcasing at SXSW. They talked about their forthcoming album release, their first time at SXSW, their Texas buckle move, and more.
What kind of energy are you currently feeling while in Texas and at SXSW?
It actually feels kind of like a deja vu vibe, we were here two years ago haha. Energy has been great, a lot of excitement in the air from an endless stream of music fans.
What special things did you do to prepare for multiple shows in Texas?
Practiced our Texas Belt Buckle move. It’s a classic.
Do you have any surprises for the SXSW shows? Will each of the four shows offer something new?
Half our set is brand new songs no one has heard before this week and we’ve built a mobile light show that would make a sober man trip balls. It’s a new dimension of GH.
How were the first two shows at SXSW? How do you adapt to the crowds that shift with each time and location?
Both were really fun shows. Very different crowds but you go out there and do what you do regardless. Our singer Gavin has a knack for the back-and-forth with any crowd so it’s a pretty natural assimilation.
The show on March 10 is such an exciting bill. Can you tell me about playing with the other bands and what you hope the show will be like?
Well, we’re really excited about sharing a stage with RAC, he remixed us last year and really took our song “Sail into the Sun” to a different world. MS MR has such great songs it will be fun to see how it translates live.
Are there any panels, screenings, or other live shows the you wants to catch at SXSW?
We roam the streets like rabid pigeons walking into every venue we can and hearing new music.
Now, it seems the Internet is convinced the band will release a new album in the summer. How does that affect the buzz around the your current SXSW performances?
Thank you, Internet. Praise be to you and your infinite universe of cats. We are indeed planning on an album this summer, these new songs are candidates for the release so SXSW is getting the first taste.
I definitely want to hear about the future for Gentlemen Hall. Besides a summer release (hopefully), what major things will you take on?
We’ve been trying a lot of new things lately. The other night we tried doing Tae Kwon Do with some questionable locals in Waffle House, that was a cool new experience.