SXSW INTERVIEW: GRABBIN’ GRUB WITH DEAD ANGLE AT COUNTER CULTURE
When it comes to getting your vitamins and staying hydrated, finding good grub on tour can be tough—and that goes quintuple when you have a picky vegan in the band! We ran into L.A.’s Dead Angle at Counter Culture, Austin’s best vegan comfort food restaurant, one afternoon at the start of this year’s SXSW. They “spilled the beans” as it were on their dietary dilemmas, but not before we experienced a major Geto Boys celebrity sighting…
BRIAN: [Looking across the street, at a car detailing lot where a small but loud party is under way] Whoa! That’s Bushwick Bill! He has the eye patch.
JESSE: He has the patch thingie on his eye. I don’t know how many other Texas black midgets have an eye patch. If there’s more than one in this little neck of the woods, something really weird is going on!
Is it hard to eat when someone’s interviewing you?
BRIAN: Anything that’s not Fritos sounds delicious to me right now.
Why was it hard to find a place to eat on the road?
BRIAN: We happen to have a vegan in our band who doesn’t like vegetables too much. So it’s an interesting conundrum.
What’s one thing you tried to get Cary to eat, where he said “naaaw.”
BRIAN: Well, I found one place that had a set menu, and I figured, that’s not enough choice. Half of the things are probably things he wouldn’t eat.
What have you been eating on the road?
JESSE: All we had was chips and water all the way.
YVONNE: It wasn’t that bad!
BRIAN: I had some string cheese, maybe some Fritos.
JESSE: Oh yeah, Audrey packed us a care package, a giant bag of Cheetos and Fritos… things with grease in it!
Cary, now that you’ve had a chance to eat your meal here, what did you think of the food?
CARY: Good! I’m coming back from the dead.
On a scale from one to ten.
CARY: Um… a seven and a half.
JESSE: I like it! I give it a nine.
What’s the little extra oomph that could have made it a ten?
JESSE: A ten is pizza served on top of naked ladies.
Cary, besides nudity, what would have raised the meal up those two and a half points?
CARY: Um… I have no idea.
Good thing you’re not a restaurateur.
BRIAN: I loved it.
Do you feel more hydrated?
YVONNE: Uh… yeah. I feel brain dead, kind of. But not because of the food!
What’s the most exciting venue you’re looking forward to playing at South by Southwest? What bands are you looking forward to seeing?
YVONNE: That’s a hard question…
BRIAN: I don’t know much about any of the venues we’re playing! One’s a house party, one’s a coffee house, one’s a record store, and one that might be coming through is at a bike shop.
[Across the street, the music is blasting at emergency-siren volume levels. There’s no band or DJ, just a radio station playing over giant PA speakers. Suddenly the Jets’ “I’ve Got a Crush on You” comes on, at full blast.]
YVONNE: I wish we were playing at that detail shop party!
WHEN IN AUSTIN, GO EAT AT COUNTER CULTURE QUITE OFTEN. WE RECOMMEND THE TEMPEH REUBEN, THE WEEKEND BRUNCH MENU, AND THE SPINACH CITRUS SIDE SALAD.