SXSW 2013: Mitzi @ Red 7 – Terrorbird Showcase 03.12

Posted March 13, 2013 in
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Mitzi greeted SXSW attendees with a full-on dance party at Red 7.

How did you hear about the band?
This year's SXSW festival crept up on me. I was trying to keep up with all of the updates, but by the time I looked at the list of bands going to Austin, it was hundreds long and I was completely overwhelmed. So, I cheated and looked up everyone else's "must-see" lists. I can't remember where I came across Mitzi, but they were the very first to go on my own list of "must-sees," which was fitting, because they were the first show I saw at the festival.

What was the crowd's reaction?
It was mid-afternoon, and though I've seen some pretty crazy and upbeat day shows in my lifetime, perhaps because I had just arrived, I wasn't prepared for a full-on dance party. Well, that's not exactly what happened, but there were some pretty intense shuffles, and definitely a lot of synchronized head bobbing.

If you had to marry one band member, who would it be?
Wow, this one's tough. Having only heard a couple of Mitzi songs and not doing much research on them before seeing them live, I was a little taken aback by how down-to-earth they looked––I was expecting a lot more glitter and a lot less earth-toned button-ups and nerd-vibes. Of course, this made them all the more appealing to me, especially after hearing frontman Dominique Bird's Aussie accent during soundcheck. His stage presence was mellow but firm, and I especially loved his Faint-esque vocals in "Truly Alive." If he refuses my proposal, I'll settle for a date with the cute drummer––I'm pretty sure our eyes met at one point and he smiled… or maybe he was laughing at the power moves headband guy was doing in front of me.

If you were in this band, what would you play?
Mitzi had all sorts of fancy tech keyboards on stage, which would completely boggle my mind. So, I would, of course, play the cow bell.

If you could insert any other musician into the band, who would it be?
I'm gonna answer this one with another question: How awesome would this band's '80s pop beats sound with some dark undertones? Right now they've definitely made it onto my next dance party's playlist, but I'm afraid they might get lost in the sea of electro pop with their smooth, Gap-friendly beats. Mash them up a bit with some Bowie, maybe a little old-school New Order, when they were first getting over Ian Curtis.

Mitzi greeted SXSW attendees with a full-on dance party at Red 7. '80s pop beat and fancy keyboard tech define Mitzi's sound.