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Ain’t it something: life on the road with Sydney duo Noire

Drawn to Austin, Texas, for this year’s South by Southwest music festival, Sydney two-piece Noire – Jessica Mincher and Billy James – bundled themselves and baby Harper into an RV and set off into the desert. Between dinosaur sightings en route to Palm Springs and snow fall in Yosemite, Mincher and James share their sweetest memories from life on the road with Noire.

“Harper’s first international flight – we were those people on the plane with a baby. Thankfully he slept most of the way.”

“Will never be as tired as having a jet-lagged baby who wants to play ‘till 3am. Thankfully there was good coffee.”

“Still up all night, morning coffee at Thunderbird Café before heading downtown Austin for our first show at SXSW.”

“One of the beautiful stages we played continental club in Houston for Down Under Sounds.”

“Billy at Australia House at SXSW. Huge thank you to the team at Sounds Australia for being so lovely to us and lending us gear.”

“Backstage at The Continental Club, we got to play with some wonderful Australian bands. The Pinheads, Moonlover and Quivers. Ate the best Tacos.”

“First stop on the road trip was the Cabazon Dinosaur’s on our way to Palm Springs.”

“Harper, obviously terrified.”

“A standard brekky in our beaut RV.”

“Superbloom in Palm Springs, we did so many lovely walks while we were there.”

“We were lucky to see John Gerrard, Western Flag installation in Palm Springs.”

“Swimming and trekking through the Indian Canyon, Palm Springs.”

“Driving through Joshua Tree.”

“Our RV in Joshua Tree, we camped out on BML land, where you could stay for free and woke up with no-one else around us in the middle of the desert.”

“Dusk at Joshua Tree on the Hidden Valley walk.”

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“Don’t talk to me or my son, ever again.”

“My wonderful sister Montana who came with us (along with my Mum) to help look after Harper while we played our shows.”

“More Joshua Tree because we couldn’t get enough of it.”

“Took a drive up to Pioneertown to check out Pappy and Harriets.”

“Poppy Reserve and Antelope Valley.”

“The colours were so beautiful.”

“Took Harper to see snow for the first time in beautiful Yosemite.”

“Yosemite from the Tunnel View lookout.”

“Somewhere along the way to Yosemite.”

“Back in LA for our last sunset before we headed home.”