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SXSW Breakthrough: Misterwives

The band has opened for Twenty One Pilots and Bleachers, but now, they're headlining their own sold-out tour.

The band from left: William Hehir, Marc Campbell, Mande Lee, Jesse Blum and EtiennGetty

A lot of bands pay their dues spending years playing small venues before anything “major,” happens, but Misterwives' ascend has been quick. The band, comprised of Mandy Lee, Etienne Bowler, William Hehir, Marc Campbell and Jesse Blum, have only been together two years and already have a song on the chart (“Reflections”) and their first headlining tour is completely sold out. We chat with Hehir, Campbell and Blum (Lee was on vocal rest) before their showcase at SXSW:

It’s crazy how fast things have happened for you guys.

Campbell: I’m from Scotland and my cousins will tell me they heard ‘Reflections’ at H&M [back home]. It’s amazing.

Blum: People come to the shows and know all the words, not just the single. We have really cool fans. They’re people that I actually like. You always hope that happens.


Your song “Vegabond” is the “Finding Carter” theme song on MTV. How did that happen?

Blum: MTV just approached us and asked if they could use the song. It’s funny, when we were on tour opening for Bleachers, people asked us if we were covering it. We were like, no this is our song!

What is the last thing you Googled?

Campbell: For me, it was the address of the house [where their show is].

Blum: The last things I Googled were “famous trumpet players in Denver” and “Phil Spector.”

Hehir: The last thing I Googled was “what’s the largest snake that ever existed?” It’s the titanoboa from a prehistoric era.

What do you think happens when we die?

Blum: I think you go to wherever you were before you were born.

Campbell: I think our consciousness goes into another universe and controls another body.

Hehir: I think we’re all forms of energy, so when you die your energy gets displaced and goes elsewhere.

Who is your favorite person to follow on Instagram or Twitter?

Blum: I like to follow Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray.

Hehir: @YourAnonNews is another good one.

Campbell: We all love @FatJew. And @SubwayCreatures, which is a good one for Metro readers! It’s basically just a lot of drunk people on the subway.

See Misterwives in concert:

New York City
March 31, 9 p.m.
Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St., 212-260-4700

April 7, 8 p.m.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. 6th St., 718-486-5400

April 1, 7 p.m.
Paradise Rock Club
967 Commonwealth Ave., 617-562-8800

Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence

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