Friday, June 3, 2011

The Untitled Interview #129 – STPP Fest Edition: Starring Derek Sheehan (The Tweeds)

DC has, for some time now, not really been in love with festivals. Folks have tried, sure, but there is a substantial void in the festival scene when it comes to the “indie” scene. Fuzzy Logic’s brother blog, Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie, is valiantly trying to give the people what they want: a legit (and FREE!) festival. And with 120+ bands playing over 2 days, there’s a lot to look forward to. Did I mention the freeness? Cuz yeah. It’s one hundred percent FREE. The STPP Fest is June 4-5, with a pre-party June 3. Check the official site for all the pertinent details.

I like tweed. I also happen to like The Tweeds. Whether or not they wear tweed whilst playing I can’t say, but good heavens that would be great. Sonically, these Philadelphians tread fairly nostalgic waters, indulging in shades of early 90s college rock, shoegaze of that same era, and a little of the 60s Brit shimmy thrown in for good measure. It’s a rather sassy little combination, I must say. Multitasking Tweed Derek Sheehan had the following to say about his festival experiences, and the band he’s most excited to see.

Fuzzy Logic: Inevitably, you will forget to bring:
Derek Sheehan: Probably something minor but essential like guitar straps or the set list...

FL: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
DS: Screen Vinyl Image. We played with them in philly before and they put on a fantastic show.

FL: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in DC?
DS: Grabbing a beer!

FL: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
DS: The first festival as a fan was All Points West in NYC. Radiohead headlined and it was amazing! First as a musician was the Utica Music Festival with the The Tweeds.

FL: Favorite thing about festivals?
DS: Just the vibe. A bunch of food, drink and music always makes for a great time!

mp3: Christmas Time (The Tweeds – more here)



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