At HireVue we work extremely hard to revolutionize the way we interview and communicate in business through our digital interviewing technology. We also play hard, which you would notice if you were at SXSW this year with HireVue’s finest - Chip Luman, COO, Ben Martinez, Director of HR, and Norman Boyd, Sales Manager. They were up bright and early meeting with SXSW attendees, press, and analysts during the day, but at night they were burning the 3-4am oil by cruising the streets of Austin, taking in everything the musical city had to offer. Here in this video montage, and summary, Chip Luman, breaks down his love for music in this SXSW tour of bands – enjoy the video and check out the talent! And… let us know if you want to book a band for your next big event through digital interviewing!
Sunday, Day 1 - 3/10/13
Guided by Norman Boyd and accompanied by Ben Martinez, our first stop was Stubb's Austin where we caught the end of The Lone Bellow. It was a bit too quiet and subdued there so we went to Club de Ville and saw most of the set from The Evolvers followed by Bryce Clifford & Brother Superior. Bryce rocked much louder than the single I found on Reverbnation. He did a great cover of Rudie Can't Fail and afterwards we had a good conversation about his hometown and the concert destination spot of my youth, Toronto. Next we headed over to Flamingo Cantina for the 3rd annual Punk vs. Rockabilly Show. We arrived in time to see most of the set from Danger*Cakes who were ripping it up. They were followed by the punk band The Buzzkillers. The last band of the evening was The Lucky Odds who closed out the night with some more great rockabilly. I talked with the Danger *Cakes lead singer Jamie Bahr after the show. She is a fascinating artist working on several projects. By day she is a music teacher at Lesson Up and is also in the fashion business. All in all, day 1 proved to be a great warm up for the rest of the week. Check out my Spotify playlist with all of the bands I could find from the week.
Monday, Day 2 - 3/11/13
After a short stop at the The Gingerman with Norman Boyd III we arrived at the Vimeo No Way Back party at the The Mohawk Austin where the lineup was Murder By Death, Neon Indian, Surfer Blood and Divine Fits. The DJ’s Keyes and Krates were on stage when Norman got word that Austin’s Riverboat Gamblers were playing. He told me we had to see them and that I would not be disappointed so we left. The venue was the rooftop parking garage of local firm McGarrah Jessee. Once I saw the band list with Thee Oh Sees headlining I knew we had made the right choice. Mrs. Glass were playing on arrival and Magnet School went on stage right after and played some vast jams with a little shoegaze thrown in. The Gamblers and Thee Oh Sees combined for 2 blistering, loud, fast and unbelievable sets. By far they were my favorites of the trip. Norman was ready to call it quits but I egged him on to return to the Mohawk. The Divine Fits had just started and were the perfect nightcap, sounding a little more 80’s powerpop than their recording would suggest.
Tuesday, Day 3 - 3/12/13
HOLE IN THE WALL – High school classmate Jeff Harvey notices via social media that I am in town and after a 27 year gap between cold beers, joins me and Norman Boyd III for a night of rock 'n roll. We arrive in the middle of the set from Ol' Yeller. They were followed up by Two Cow Garage from OH. This power trio traded vocals and blasted through an incredible set of tunes some a bit reminiscent of Springsteen. Afterwards and at the end of the evening we hung out with them. I guess my OH connections clicked as on the way out they gave us a few albums, posters, shirts etc. (and in return I'm telling you all to go see them if they come to your hometown, you won't regret it). On the airplane back to Salt Lake several people were a bit surprised and had to ask if I was holding a "real" record. Next up was Grand Champeen. Norman is a big fan and from what he shared from YouTube beforehand I knew it would be good. In true The Replacements style they were downing shots between songs and treating us to a loud and raucous set. Glossary closed out the night. They started by saying it wasn't fair that they had to follow Austin's very own Grand Champeen. They were right...I look forward to a future return trip to Austin where the music is good all year round.