The Untitled Interview #190 - Hopscotch Edition: Starring Britton Powell (Hume)

As y'all know, I had a rather enjoyable time down in Raleigh last year for my first ever Hopscotch, and it was so very good that I just had to go back again this year! The lineup looks frighteningly good, which means that yours truly will be making some seriously difficult decisions about how to spend her time. And of course, I had to get in touch with some folks that I was super excited about getting a chance to see in this installment of the festival. If you’ll be down for Hopscotch this year, make sure you keep these bands on your radar. And now, friends, let's get into it with this year's INTERVIEWSCOTCH!

Taking nomenclature cues from philosophers and throwing sonic caution to the wind, not to mention the whole DC thing (yeah, ok, they're Baltimore kids now, but still), Hume collectively kicks all sorts of ass. Mysterious, spooky, and more than a little kooky (in a high-brow, rather arty way, of course), Hume creates all manner of sonic landscapes that are more alive with every note. Below, ringleader Britton Powell talks festivals, the Baltimore scene, and the importance of packing cables.

Fuzzy Logic: How are you getting to Hopscotch: plane, train, or automobile?
Britton Powell: We'll be headed down in our old chariot named Bessie. Hopscotch will be one of the first stops on our national tour.

FL: Inevitably, you will forget to pack:
BP: Girlfriends & Cables.

FL: How many shows/parties will you be playing?
BP: We'll be playing a couple shows at the festival on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday we'll be playing King's Barcade and Friday we'll be playing a daytime show at who knows where...

FL: Band you're most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
BP: Definitely psyched to see Co La, Roomrunner, Doldrums, Ital, Dope Body, and Bill Orcutt.

FL: What's the first thing you plan on doing upon arrival in Raleigh?
BP: I'm going to pick up a bucket of ice, grab a few tourist pamphlets, lay back and flip on Law and Order at the hotel.

FL: What was the first festival you ever attended, either as a musician or member of the general public?
BP: The first festival and concert for that matter I ever attended was the Tibetan Freedom concert at RFK Stadium in D.C. in 1998..... I think I was in third grade? I just remember being floored and completely overwhelmed by the experience. Walking around the festival grounds being surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people and then seeing bands like Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth play sets after Tibetan throat singers was a type of experience I had absolutely no context for.

FL: Favorite thing about festivals?
BP: By far my favorite part of festivals is reconnecting with all of our friends in different groups that we've met over the years. It's also great to play a festival like Hopscotch where there are so many other bands from Baltimore!!! Baltimore is a really tight knit community and it'll be fun to freak out with everyone in a different locale.


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