Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Untitled Interview #152 – Hopscotch Edition: Starring Rob Ulsh (Super Vacations)

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.

Y’all, it does so warm the cockles of my cold, black heart when I get the chance to say niceties about a Virginia band. Super Vacations (or The Super Vacations, depending on what day of the week it is) is the latest VA band (Norfolk, to be exact) that turns my gray skies brilliant blue, and then some. Witness, brothers and sisters, the scuzzy, fuzzy rock that oozes from all corners of Super Vacations’s collective being. This is a band that knows how to make a mighty fine song. If you are a lady or gentleman of taste, you’ll be all over this band in about 3.5 second, approximately. Read on to see how Rob Ulsh gets his kicks (hint: free is good) at festivals.



Fuzzy Logic: How are you getting to Hopscotch: plane, train, or automobile?

Rob Ulsh: We will be driving down to Raleigh, NC. We are from Virginia and doing a few shows before the festival on our way down. It’s actually a pretty short drive for us.


FL: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:

RU: Hopefully we don't forget anything.


FL: How many shows will you be playing?
RU: We will be playing one show at the festival. It is on Thursday night @ Slim’s w/ PC Worship, Xray Eyeballs, and Jeff The Brotherhood.

FL: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
RU: There are so many good bands playing this year. The festival promoters did a great job. I think we’re all pretty excited about seeing Guided by Voices. I read somewhere that this will be their last show ever. Also really excited about seeing PC Worship, Invisible Hand, and Whatever Brains.

FL: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Raleigh?
RU: We've got some friends that live in Raleigh...so we will probably meet up with them and get the grill fired up. A cookout is a great way to start the festivities.

FL: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
RU: I'm not sure about the first festival that we’ve played. However, we did tour up to Toronto this summer to play the NXNE festival and we had a really great time. It was the first time that a few of us had been to Toronto and we loved it. The food was amazing and there was a good vibe throughout the city. We played an early show with Ty Segall and a late night show w/ a bunch of local bands.

FL: Favorite thing about festivals?
RU: Meeting up with friends and hanging. Festivals are great because we usually run into friends/bands that we haven't seen in a while. So there’s usually a lot of goofing around. It’s also nice to get hooked up with freebies.

Controller - The Super Vacations by Velocity of Sound

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