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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

ATL at SXSW: Dog Bite arrives and 'euphonia' departs

Dog Bite walks to Red 7 to pack up their gear following their first show on Tuesday. They originally were told it was a day later, and only arrived an hour before their show started after driving more than 20 hours from Los Angeles
  • Max Blau
  • Dog Bite walks to Red 7 to pack up their gear following their first show on Tuesday. They originally were told it was a day later, and only arrived an hour before their show started after driving more than 20 hours from Los Angeles.

I missed Dog Bite's first SXSW show. They almost did, too.

Frontman and main songwriter Phil Jones originally thought that the performance at Red 7, one of six at SXSW this year, was on Wednesday. But it was actually on Tuesday. As a result, the band had to hightail it more than 20 hours from Los Angeles to Austin. The group arrived nearly an hour before their 1:55 p.m. set time. Jones forgot his guitar pedals, but the show went on.

Dog Bite's current members - Jones, bassist Woody Shortridge (ex-Balkans), drummer Tak Takemura (Young Orchids), and guitarist Russell Owens (ex-Mermaids, ex-Back Pockets) - spent the past several weeks touring with Toro Y Moi. They say it's a bit of an adjustment going from large, sold-out shows to a half-filled dive bar.

Dog Bite frontman Phil Jones fills out an artist registration card in the Austin Convention Center
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  • Dog Bite frontman Phil Jones fills out an artist registration card at the Austin Convention Center.
After their performance, the band headed over to register at the Austin Convention Center. Most of the group has been to SXSW before in some capacity. It's Jones' second time, but his first at the helm. "With Washed Out, they would just hand me stuff," he says, referring to his stint in the Georgia chillwave group last year.

Dog Bite meandered back across town to Red 7, where they loaded their equipment into the band's white Volvo station wagon. The four musicians are running on fumes, but now have a day off thanks to the schedule mix-up. They'll play five show in three days, including an official showcase on Friday, starting tomorrow.

Earlier on Tuesday, euphonia screened at the Alamo Ritz on 6th Street. Nearly 70 people packed the full-service movie theater to watch director Danny Madden's 53-minute film for the second time. Besides the occasional nacho crunch and distracting waitress, the screening went off without a hitch. The Ornana Films team says that among those in attendance were These Birds Walk filmmaker Omar Mullick, a Pixar publicist, Skywalker Sound employees, and a German film festival programmer. "It felt right," Madden says.

Danny Madden speaks to nearly 70 people in the Alamo Ritzs smaller theater
  • Max Blau
  • Danny Madden speaks to nearly 70 people in the Alamo Ritz's smaller theater.
Beyond the two screenings so far, the entire team has spent most of their time immersing themselves in the festival as they attended panels, watched films, and spoke with artists and producers that inspired them. Producer Jim Cummings will stick around for the final euphonia screening this afternoon. As for the rest of the team, they're off to Atlanta, where they'll prepare for their screening at the Atlanta Film Festival on March 22.

Danny Madden stands outside the Austin Convention Center
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  • Danny Madden stands outside the Austin Convention Center
I'll post another update on Friday and will continue to tweet throughout the festival over at @MaxBlau.

To see all the installments from this year's SXSW conference, go here.

And remember, SXSW-bound Atlantans, use the #SXSWATL hashtag.

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