The Untitled Interview #130 – STPP Fest Edition: Starring Eileen Graham (Noble Air)

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.

There’s something ethereal about certain parts of Virginia (and if you’re wondering, that magical quality doesn’t quite make it to NoVA). The Shenandoah Valley area is a wondrous, beautiful and haunted place, so it’s no wonder those superlatives can so often be given to bands (and, for that matter, people) hailing from those parts. Noble Air has the Valley within, and Eileen Graham has quite a bewitching voice. She’s also craving Georgetown Cupcakes, and who can fault that? Below, Eileen talks festivals, cupcakes, and the need for extra extension cords.

Fuzzy Logic: Inevitably, you will forget to bring:
Eileen Graham: An extension cord. My super short keyboard cord constantly foils me.

FL: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
EG: The Yes Way at Bella Cafe. They've really got their own sound, which is less and less common.

FL: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in DC?
EG: Snagging some Georgetown cupcakes-- really. I've been thinking on them for about a month now.

FL: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
EG: MACRoCk, put on in my college town of Harrisonburg, Va. Lots of intimate venues and many of the bands that you see there become the next big thing.

FL: Favorite thing about festivals?
EG: Freedom! If you aren't feeling a show, hop on to the next without feeling like you wasted your money.

mp3: I Cry You Cry (Noble Air – more here)


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