For two consecutive three-day weekends in October, Austin rolls out the green carpet of Zilker’s Great Lawn to welcome the over 100 bands and artists who play the Austin City Limits Music Festival, or, as it’s more commonly known, ACL. To help you get ready, we will be sharing what we’ve learned covering the festival for the past five years. We’ll also help you decide what bands to add to your 2015 ACL schedule. For even more on this year’s festival, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and be sure to take a look at our 2015 ACL board on Pinterest.
One of the bands on our must-see list for Weekend Two of the 2015 ACL Music Festival is Bee Caves, which has quite the week, with shows at the Continental Club at 6:30pm on Thursday, a Late Night Show with with Band of Horses at Stubbs on Friday and then playing the festival on Saturday. Listed alongside bands like Alvvays and Courtney Barnett by Paste Magazine as a band to see during this year’s SXSW, this five-piece could be described as alternative, post-Americana, psychedelic and rock. The band’s catchy single, “Running Home To You”, which was the KUTX Song of the Day, would be the perfect way to ease into a whole lot of fun on the second day of ACL.
Listen to the band’s debut self-produced EP, Animals With Religion, here:
Catch Bee Caves on the Austin Ventures stage on Saturday, October 10th from 12:30pm-1:10pm.
We had the chance to ask the band’s keyboard player, Mike Reynolds, about Bee Caves’ musical influences, what bands they are most looking forward to seeing perform at ACL and what’s up next for the band.
LiveMom: How would you describe your sound? Who are your musical influences?
Mike: It seems like every new song we write doesn’t sound like the previous ones, but there is generally an “Indie Rock” or “Alternative” vibe to the songs. To be fair, I did just choose two of the most vague genres around…
With 5 members in the band, a full list of our musical influences would be a bit strange and much too long. We can all agree on bands like Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine, The War On Drugs, The Beatles, Bjork, Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, etc…
LiveMom: What are you most looking forward to about performing at ACL?
Mike: We’ve been developing a significant amount of new material, revamping older songs, and generally experimenting with our live show during a weekly residency at the Continental Club. We feel very strongly about all of our material, so we’re excited to take it to larger audiences. We’re opening for Band of Horses October 9th and playing our ACL show October 10th, so there’s plenty to be excited about.
LiveMom: What do you see as the pluses of being a band based in the “Live Music Capital of the World”?
Mike: So many great venues and so many great musicians. It’s a bit obvious, but Austin is where it all started for us.
LiveMom: What bands are you most looking forward to seeing perform at the Festival? What’s next for the band after ACL?
Mike: Sheesh…Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Florence and the Machine, Father John Misty, Amason, San Fermin (and in case you’re into that Hip-Hop thing…definitely gonna check out Run The Jewels, Vince Staples, and Future). We’ve got some more shows lined up after ACL, but I know we’re all itching to hit the road. We’ll be continuing to develop and record new material as well, so we’ll be staying pretty busy.