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Austin’s own SPEAK makes ACL debut

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SPEAK is a local band with a unique indie rock and pop sound. The four-man group is accustomed to playing to a music-loving crowd in Austin.

However, nothing compares to their upcoming gig. SPEAK will be playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival for the first time this weekend.

"This is going to be the biggest show of our lives," lead singer Troupe Gammage said.

Gammage hopes the event will bring them plenty of new fans.

"Since we are going to be playing kind of close to the entrance people will be filtering in and hopefully we can catch their eye," he said.

Their nerves are also working overtime, but it's not necessarily a bad thing.

"The thrill is going to be very helpful just because we're not used to that kind of stage,” guitarist Nick Hurt said. “We're not used to that kind of space. I think we might need something to kind of inspire us to move around a little bit.”

Not only do two members of the group teach guitar at the University of Texas, some of them have special ladies in their lives.

Balancing life and band practice can be a tough act.

"I think it's sleep that gets sacrificed the most more than anything else," percussionist Jake Stewart said.

These guys never stop, especially when it comes to music.

"There's a whole another aspect of it beyond performing, and it’s about sort of the inner relationship that we share," Stewart said.

The guys of SPEAK have a special brotherhood and a drive for success that has landed them a spot at ACL.

The band plays ACL Sunday at 12:40 p.m. on the BMI stage.

SPEAK will also play at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans later this month.

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