The gear was loaded. The sound was checked. The van had to be parked. A band member went to park the vehicle, but the city streets were packed and parking impossible. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to return soon enough, and the call was ultimately made to strike their gear from the stage and get the next band set up. Despite the missed chance to play, the band had still accomplished much, proving that they could show up in Austin without any guarantees and find opportunities for themselves.

Bryan Bruchman can be reached at bontour@gmail.com.

See more photos from these and other SXSW bands at HillyTown.com and thePhoenix.com/SXSW.

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