By Staff; photo by Anna van Kooij on October 7, 2013
For this special Culture Collide issue of the Guide, we asked some of the artists playing our festival to share some of their American tales with us.
Here, Dutch duo Bombay Show Pig discusses underground Los Angeles venues, SXSW and getting paid in PBR.
What was your first experience onstage in front of an American audience like? Was it comparable to playing at home?
Matias Janmaat: The first show we played in the US was at Pianos in New York, and it was actually the first show we did as a duo. We used to be a trio, but then we kicked the singer out and recorded a new album. We were mixing the album in Brooklyn with Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys) and so we tested the new stuff first on the NYC crowd. For the most part it’s the same as playing at home, but there’s just a lot more going on in a city like New York so people have higher standards, I guess. The big difference, though, is that you get paid in PBR!
What are some things you bought in America?
Linda Van Leeuwen: Our manager/producer Simon bought a really cool tabla drum machine in New York and for some mental support he played it with us onstage at Pianos. We also took it on a night out, ended up at Webster Hall and rocked it in the main hall, right on the bar. It got us some free whiskeys. Also, we bought one of these USB-hubs for the car, to have more outlets. We plugged all of our devices in…then smoke came out of the dash! The socket died, we returned the rental van and forgot about it.
When you were in America, did you find anything that surprised you pleasantly?
Linda: We were in Austin when we heard we got an extra show in LA. It turned out to be this cool illegal bar that opened at 2 a.m. called The Overpass. It was a really fun but also kind of weird show; people were totally out of their minds on all kinds of substances. Hope it still exists when come back in October!
What American stereotypes have you found to be true or false?
Matias: We encountered some stereotypes in Austin during SXSW back in March when we played a locals-only backyard mini-festival called SXDW (South by Dale West). It was a good blend of Vietnam veterans and redneck hippies! One of the best crowds we’ve ever had.
What are you looking forward to most about Culture Collide?
Matias: I’m looking forward to seeing Rhye and The Raveonettes. We might even have a special guest joining us on bass for a few songs: Adrian Rodriguez, from Hanni El Khatib! Stoked for that.
Linda: I just “really wanna be in LA.” —Eagles of Death Metal
Make sure to catch Bombay Show Pig in the Lot 1 Cafe at 9:00pm on Thursday October 10th, at Taix Front Lounge at the 6:00pm The Netherlands Happy Hour Friday October 11th, and at the World Stage at 2:40 pm Saturday October 12th.