Sailor Poon

Sailor Poon was born in a musty garage-slash-bedroom as a playful, sarcasm-fueled response to the big red Texas patriarchy. Blending saxophone and thrift-store keyboards with elements of bands like The Stooges, The Fall and The Butthole Surfers, they became known for their noisy, chaotic, high-energy performances.

When their landlord threatened eviction over “sounds of elephants stampeding through the walls,” the band moved their set out of the garage and into friends’ living rooms, crashing house parties and pushing their way through the boys’ club into the local punk scene.

The band’s first demo caught the attention of King Khan, who called them "the best thing to happen to Texas music since the meeting of Tommy Hall and Roky Erickson” of the 13th Floor Elevators, and he invited them to cause a ruckus on his southwestern tour dates.

After a few years of playing self-booked tours around the country, the band made its way onto the festival circuit - the most recent performance being a slot at Austin City Limits 2018. They’ve also shared stages with the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Oh Sees, Ty Segall and more.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Genre: Punk
Subgenre: Post-Punk
From: Austin, TX