As we ramp up to two weekends of Austin City Limits Music Festival we’re doing a series of spotlights on local bands playing the festival, the true presence of Austin at ACL. Today we check in with glam pop trio Sphynx. Lead vocalist and guitarist Tony Kamel took a few minutes to help us introduce his band and explore his experience of the festival. Vocalist/guitarist Aaron Miller took a few minutes to answer our questions.
What are three words that describe your band’s sound?
Glam dance funk.
What’s your most memorable onstage moment of 2014 so far?
We headlined the outdoor stage of The Mohawk during free week and had a great crowd. That winter, we learned Asia’s ‘Heat of the Moment’ during rehearsal and decided we’d bust it out. It was a wild experience to do that song in front of a packed house on the outdoor stage. Everyone sang along and it’s probably as close to hair metal stardom as we’ll ever get. We’re okay with that.
What’s your favorite memory from ACL Fests past?
We ran into Matt of Matt and Kim after ACL 2010 and he invited us to an after party where Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, and Matt and Kim played at The Charles Johnson House. We had seen all of those bands earlier in the day and it was a very cool experience to see them in a small setting like that.
Name three songs you can’t wait to hear at ACL Fest 2014.
Outkast - "Ms. Jackson"
Phantogram - "Fall in Love"
Belle & Sebastian - "Another Sunny Day"
What’s the one thing out-of-towners should do before leaving Austin?
Get some breakfast tacos! We’re speaking from experience, as our last meal before tour, and first meal when we get home, is breakfast tacos. We recommend Taquerias Arandas, Taco Deli, El Chile, and Tamale House, but it’s pretty hard to go wrong with local Mexican restaurants.
Got any ACL Fest pro tips?
This may go without saying, but don’t bring an umbrella. We’ve heard a lot of "no umbrellas" chants over the years, panchos are the way to go here. Also, get there by noon on the first Friday because sometimes really cool bands play The Austin Ventures stage at that time.