Hangin’ with Alabama 3 at SXSW
March 18, 2008
If you read this site much, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that I’m a big fan of Alabama 3, the UK “techno country” band (“The best live band in the UK” according to The Guardian).
Last week, they were back in the US to appear at South by Southwest Music in Austin. Well, since I’m in Dallas, I couldn’t really not go, could I?
Unfortunately, I had a limited window during which I could sneak off for a day, and I had to book a hotel well in advance of the official schedule. Long story short, we ended up in Austin the night before they were to perform, with no real way to stay over an extra night.
Fortunately, between exchanging messages on FreeA3 and the kind assistance of a mutual friend, I managed to hook up with Rock Freebase (aka Mark when he’s offstage, lead guitarist for Alabama 3), and got a change to hang out with Mark and the band for a few hours.
Hey, if I was given a choice of seeing the gig or having a few beers with the band, I’d have taken the latter anyway, so it’s all good.
It was great getting to meet everyone in person, and Mark in particular is a real class guy. They were just unwinding from a long plane flight, but they were happy for us to tag along (my eldest made the trip down with me) and Mark and I chatted for several hours about a variety of topics. In addition to the music, he’s also a Mac user, so we even managed to geek out a bit in the process.
Since it wasn’t an interview, I’ll keep most of it to myself, other than to say that Rob (aka “Larry Love”, lead vocals) sounds just like he does on stage (I’d always assumed that was just his singing voice), Zoe is even cuter in person than she is in videos, Nick is a great guy, as is Ian (their manager), and Mark and I are in agreement as to which British TV celebrities we’d most like to see beaten up during a TV interview…
All in all, I had a terrific time — my thanks to Mark, and the rest of the band!
(and here’s a great clip from the gig I missed…)