There are those that say that the Hipster Robots day party at SXSW is the greatest live music event ever organized in the history of humankind. Those people — primarily us, and Dan’s wife — are not wrong.
While there are many amazing artists from around the world at SXSW every year, Hipster Robots asks the simple questions - which bands are the loudest, and will they play our show?
I mean, it’s great and all if you’re the hot new indie folk group, or chillwave band (is that still a thing?), or whatever, gracing the pages of Brooklyn Vegan and Stereogum. That’s fantastic, and we’re sincerely happy for your success and might just check you out during SXSW. But if you have seven guitarists and a singer with a handlebar mustache who likes to pick fights with people in the crowd, we want you for our show. If anyone, anywhere, at any time, has ever compared you to Diarrhea Planet (RIMFP), we want you for our show. If you’ve ever played a wicked guitar solo on stage and immediately proceeded to throw up on your lead singer, we want you for our show. If you’ve ever stolen your bassist’s boyfriend or girlfriend during your own set, we want you for our show. If you’ve ever lost a battle of the bands because a judge told you “I’m afraid you’re just too darn loud,” we want you for our show.
Listen, all of us who make up Hipster Robots are old now with professional jobs. We’ve got mortgages. At least one of us has a kid that we know of. We put this show on because for one glorious day each year, we want to relive our youths, challenge our livers, and commune with the power of rock and fucking roll. This is our credo, this is our purpose. So get busy guitarin’ or get busy dyin’.
If you’re an artist that fits this bill, head over to our Booking page. If you’re just someone who wants to see the best SXSW day party of the year, we’ll see you on Thursday of SXSW at Side Bar. And if you don’t like Diarrhea Planet, then maybe this is more your speed.
If you’re curious about the show’s origin and background, read about it here.