Interview: SXSW 2011 with Eastern Conference Champions from Los Angeles

L.A. folk-indie rockers by way of Philly are making their return to SXSW with a slew of hot shows. The Eastern Conference Champions (ECC) are a huge indie favorite amogst Angelinos. With their hearty tunes boasting heavy bass lines with a lil guitar twang, the trio brings forth some endearing melodies aren’t afraid to mingle with crashing cymbals and buzzing guitars. Whether you’re looking to catch some sweet Americana ballads with rich lyrics, or more upbeat numbers that will get your booty shaking back-yard-BBQ-style (perfect for Austin), the Eastern Conference Champions are a band you’ll want to add to your list.

  • How many SXSWs have you done?
    This is the third time ECC has been at SXSW, but the first time with Melissa so we’re all pretty excited to be coming down to Austin.
  • What showcases are you doing this year?
    We’re keeping pretty busy this year, just how we like it.  We start on Wednesday with two shows, the first is a Buzz Bands showcase then we end the night with our official SX showcase at The Marq.  As the week goes on we’ll also be doing showcases with Treehouse, Popantipop and ATN as well as a Sonicbids party.  

    Full schedule:
    3/16 – Cedar Street Courtyard (Buzz Bands showcase) – 6PM
    3/16 – The Marq (Official SXSW showcase) – 1AM
    3/17 – Cheer’s Shot Bar (Treehouse showcase) -1:30PM
    3/17 – Annie’s West (PopAntiPop showcase) 5:30PM
    3/18 – Maggie Mays (Sonicbids Party) – 3PM
    3/19 – Bayou Lounge (ATN Showcase) – 4:45PM

  • What bands/performers do you want to see at SXSW?
    We’re always looking forward to seeing our friends Voxhaul Broadcast play, and would like to check out Black Math Horseman and A Place To Bury Strangers.  We’re also down for getting excited and inspired by a band we never heard of.
  • What word of advice would you give to newbie SXSW’ers?
    Pace yourself.
  • SXSW drink of choice?
    Any decent beer alongside a nice pour of Jameson (refer to previous answer).
  • Anything else you’d like to add?
    Can’t wait to see the bats fly again….

Words: Sandra Burciaga


3 thoughts on “Interview: SXSW 2011 with Eastern Conference Champions from Los Angeles

  1. Boe Schembeckler

    If these guys were football players, they would be Barry Sanders (Greg), Joe Montana (Josh) and Dionne Sanders (Melissa)! I am Bo Schembeckler, so I only know football, really, but I also know Great F**king Music when I hear it, and these guys have IT, I tell you. You only know it when you see/hear it, so go, my friends, go to SXSW and see & hear something amazing, because, afterall, that is what this whole dang thing is all about at the end of the day. Go. Get turned on. Be happy :-0. Words, and Music, to live by.

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