Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Untitled Interview #151 – Hopscotch Edition: Starring Dylan Travis (Man/Miracle)

If there’s one thing I love, it’s going to a new festival for the first time. And this weekend yours truly shall be heading down to Raleigh for some serious festival goodness in the form of Hopscotch. With a varied, all sorts of awesome lineup, I have no doubt this weekend will be a hot diggity dog dandy. I tracked down some of the most interesting out-of-town prospects playing Hopscotch this year to get their collective take on the joy of fests.

As you know, I have an unabashed love for the state of California and a whole lot of bands therein. Lately, the California band that’s turning my head is Man/Miracle, self-professed makers of “weird and loud guitar pop from Oakland.” Weird, oh yes. Loud, very much so. But there’s even more to them than that. There seems to be a sense of glee to their music, a sonic wink-wink-nudge-nudge that says this band has a good dang time doing what they’re doing. Which is a good thing, because yours truly has a good dang time listening. Below, Dylan Travis and the Man/Miracle festival experience.

Fuzzy Logic: How are you getting to Hopscotch: plane, train, or automobile?
Dylan Travis: We are on a train, a love train. An emotional train which rolls through the verdant fields of North America and derails in each and every city of the USA in order to spread its bountiful good vibes.

FL: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
DT: Eyeglasses, I already forgot mine so this would be a past inevitability.

FL: How many shows will you be playing?
DT: Somewhere around 26, we're going to DC right after Raleigh, then the rest of the East Coast and then all the way back to Oakland.

FL: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
Weekend even though they practice their unholy racket two blocks from my house. Pretty excited for their new EP. Also Twin Shadow & Krallice, GBV, etc. So much good stuff.

FL: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Raleigh?
DT: I’ve never been to Raleigh so I have no idea--probably get wasted and watch a bunch of the best bands in the world.

FL: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
DT: Strawberry Bluegrass Festival in Yosemite. I was a newborn.

FL: Favorite thing about festivals?
DT: Justified absence of sleep.




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