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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Pillage and Plunder's gear stolen at SXSW

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  • Courtesy Pillage and Plunder
While staying at a friend's apartment in Austin, Texas during SXSW last week, Pillage and Plunder were themselves the victims of ruthless plundery. The incident went down in the early-morning hours, between Wednesday night and Thursday - thieves in the night busted the lock off of the trailer that held all of their gear and made off with pretty much everything. Only a lonely bass cabinet and a moldy pillow were left in the trailer. The group estimates that about $16,000 worth of equipment was taken, and the inventory is as follows:

- 1970 Ampeg SVT Head ($4000)
- 1967 Red Rickenbacker Bass Guitar ($2000)
- Ibanez Artcore Bass Guitar ($500)
- Ampeg Micro SVT Head ($400)
- Ampeg 2x10 speaker cabinet ($200)
- Orange Dual Terror Head ($1000)
- Orange 2x12 speaker cabinet ($750)
- Red Airline 3PDLX Guitar ($900)
- Fender Deluxe Telecaster Guitar with Spalted Maple Top finish ($900)
- Gretsch Drum Kit: Snare, Bass, Rack, Floor, Cymbals ($2000)
- Big Muff Bass Pedal ($90)
- Polytune Pedal ($90)
- Fuzz Factory Pedal ($150)
- Digitek Whammy Pedal ($150)
- Orange foot switch ($35)
- (2) ELXP112 speakers ($1200 total)
- A&H Mixer Board ($350)
- Fender Acoustic Guitar ($500)
- Equipment/Hardware Cases ($800)
- 3 Tripod Mic Stands ($75)
- 2 Round Bass Mic Stands ($50)
- 2 Speaker Stands ($100)
- Cable Bag ($125)

It's all long gone, and the gear wasn't insured, but every pawn shop in Austin has been notified, and, for what it's worth, the band is keeping an eye on Craigslist. In the meantime, the group relied on the kindness of strangers to get through the remainder of its SXSW shows. "So far we've had hundreds of responses on Facebook - people are coming out of the woodwork, saying things like, 'I have a pedal that you can have, or this combo that you can use,'" drummer Noah Kess says. "We might be able to cobble together some gear through all of this amazing support from other people. In the meantime we'll be working double shifts at our jobs and saving money to buy new equipment."

Pillage and Plunder has an acoustic EP titled Goodnight Jack coming this week, followed by a full-length album in May. Until then, they're playing at WonderRoot on Fri., April 19, and the Inman Park Fest on Sun., April 28.

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