Melisma Magazine covered this year’s SXSW Music festival, and it was equal parts blissful, stressful, and overwhelming. At the end of this article is a recap of our favorite artists at SXSW this year.
I think the most formative moment was hearing David Berman say, “All my favorite singers couldn’t sing” in the Silver Jews song “We Are Real.” I was like, “You know what? It doesn’t matter how well a line in a song I’m writing is delivered, it matters what I’m saying.” I like to think of my songs as poems above anything else, so it was important for me to hear that so I could move forward with confidence.
For a band that describes their influences as including everything from “bottles of cheap red wine” to Kurt Vonnegut novels, A Giant Dog is elusive to definition—which, I’m sure, is the point.