Motorbreath SXSW 2012 Showcase Canceled and Relocated to House Party
Band Photo: Havok (?)
Motorbreath Entertainment's SXSW Showcase contained a tremendous bill of new school thrash and heavy metal artists such as Bonded By Blood, Havok, Speedwolf, Exmortus, Witchaven and Spellcaster. The stellar lineup was the only old school-metal oriented event at SXSW, which was cause for Metal Underground to sponsor the event. Unfortunately, the March 16th show at Betsy's came to a abrupt and disappointing end. After the first three bands performed, Motorbreath founder, Tristan Spears announced that if more people didn't drink more alcohol, the show would be canceled. After much deliberation, the show was indeed canceled.
Spears provided Metal Underground with the following statement:
"The owner triple booked the show that day. In december of 2011, the owner and I sat down and I told him I am bringing a big showcase for SXSW. I will need the whole evening starting at about 4 PM. He agreed, so I booked the best Damn Thrash show I could. Than the owner, like I said, triple books the day, then after an hour and half, tells me 'people aren't drinking enough. Your show is done if nobody going to drink'. Wtf is that about! These bands drove 900+ miles, for this kind of treatment. That's ridiculous! That's not how Motorbreath Entertainment works!! I will figure out a way to make it up to them and the labels."
Fellow Motorbreath team member, Matt Bius added via his Facebook page: "To everyone who was and wasn't present at the Motorbreath showcase at Betsy's Bar last night:
"Our sincerest apologies go out to everyone for the event being shut down. We were so very excited to have such an incredible lineup of bands and to have so many from Austin's metal scene in one event, but Betsy's canceled our showcase mid-set claiming that our guests were not drinking enough.
"This was the reasoning we were given to share with all of our disappointed friends and bands after we had already found out that the venue had overbooked themselves for the day.
"All of us on the Motorbreath team worked our asses off promoting these bands and this show for months as did the bands and countless other friends. It hurts that Betsy's would spoil the fruits of our labor. It hurts much more to know that so many great bands, fans, and friends were let down after we tried diligently to accommodate the overbooking, the furniture that apparently wasn't allowed to be moved, and the downright ridiculousness that ensued from the get-go.
"I am sure there are some items I have missed in this note. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me or Tristan Motorbreath Spears here or in person. --and for the record, we will not let the mistakes of this bar prevent us from continuing to bring the BADASS METAL we all adore so much. We love you all.
"-Matt and the Motorbreath Team."
The show did not go as planned, but thanks to Alex Campos of local metal band Beyond The Blood, the show went on. Campos welcomed all the bands to play sets at his house in Gardner, Texas located southeast of Austin. All the touring bands, except Havok and Speedwolf, plus some of the local bands played under the sky where the "stars are big and bright...in the heart of Texas."
Spears responded positively to the venue change. He expressed, "I'm glad the metal community stepped up to what they did to support the scene. It speaks volumes."
Make sure to visit Metal Underground in the next few days for a complete show report of the Motorbreath Showcase as part of our ongoing coverage of SXSW 2012.
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