Birmingham bands draw sizeable crowds at SXSW in Austin

Birmingham bands draw sizeable crowds at SXSW in Austin

If you're unfamiliar with the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) in Austin, Tex., know first and foremost that it's absolutely enormous.

On the heels of a massive five-day interactive forum and overlapping with a nine-day film festival, the SXSW music portion showcases over 1,000 bands in five days - and that's just the official showcase, with likely the same number of bands playing unofficial showcases during the same time. 

It's telling, then, that the handful of Birmingham bands in attendance stood out amongst the madness.

There were some Alabama artists in Austin on unofficial business during the festival, like Drew Price and Yelawolf. But whereas SXSW 2014's Birmingham presence belonged solely to St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Birmingham was well-represented by three bands in the form of official showcases.