A Carolina Preview of Hopscotch 2017.

It’s that time of year again, y’all. Hopscotch 2017, America’s humbly best music festival, starts today in Raleigh! Hopscotch has always had a history of bringing together popular national acts with artists from the Carolinas, and this year is no exception. We reached out to a handful of those artists playing this weekend to get their take on the festival.

Scott Middleton (Bask)

Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Bask at Hopscotch this year?

Festival goers should check us out because we like to believe we offer up a bit for everyone to latch onto- some heavyness and spacey moments amidst clean vocals. Plus, we are playing the same stage as Kayo Dot, Torche, Pallbearer, and Metz, which is a killer lineup.

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

I’ve been very excited about Hopscotch since it’s inception, and I’m thrilled to play the festival. It’s become one of the best festivals in the country and always is a very diverse lineup, which we really appreciate.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

We are very excited about the bands playing our stage and are thrilled to be part of the festival along with fellow Asheville artists Angel Olsen, Nest Egg, Ahleuchatistas, The Tills, Konvoi, and Acid Reign. Asheville is representing hard this year! We’re stoked to see our buddies Late Bloomer and I’d personally love to see Thou, but we will miss them since they play Friday.

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

The music scene of the Carolinas seems to be really thriving right now and I’m feeling optimistic with all the cool things going on in Asheville. Revolve, an arts space geared towards more ambient and experimental acts, has brought a new ethos to our local scene. Between newer spots like this and Asheville classics like the Odditorium and The Mothlight, we have much good stuff going on.

Bask plays at 8:30 on Thursday September 7 at CAM.

The Tills

Photo by Tucker Tharpe.

Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out The Tills at Hopscotch this year?

While most artists will be well prepared for this weekend’s festivities, The Tills will be a hot mess. Pure. Real rock and roll. All killer, no filler. People watch Nascar cuz they want to see a car wreck. The Tills will be pure visceral carnage.

As a band from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

Hopscotch is dope. It brings all the artists I wanna see to one place. Plus all the Carolina artist that are dope and deserve better exposure wink smiley face. Best fest in the southeast. RIP Phuzzfest.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

Our homies. Off top: John Saturly from Zack Mexico. Nest Egg. Pie Face Girls. Birds of Avalon. No One Mind. HNDCLW. And Bodykit. And Itchymane. And the Billy Clams. We like watching our friends the best.

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

In general fuck tha police cuz they keep bothering harry n marty about weed and warrants n shit when we’re trying to play with bb guns and listen to Mario Kart music. Fuck white supremacists and all their gobbledygook. And I don’t care what anybody says, I always thought the Nazis were bad eggs. I thought that shit went out of style in the forties. On the bright side rock n roll bands r dope. Hip hop in Raliegh is bangin. Currituck got a water park and Albert Adams I think is back together playing Hopscotch.  Ladies, catch us in the Gold 99 Dodge Caravan if ya want a Tecate Light with a peanut butter sandwich. Our treat.

The Tills play at 10:30 on Thursday, September 7th at The Pour House 

Scott Hicks (Totally Slow)

Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Totally Slow at Hopscotch this year?

Well, mainly for my ego. It’s a very precious and tender thing, and being at our show would certainly help. I’ll be down for autographs and whatnot also – probably for free. Also it’s a good chance to just kind of see what the hell our deal is while we happen to be sandwiched betwixt some pretty fucking great bands. There’s a lot of genre cubby-holing happening  and in that context our enigmatic approach to whatever punk is probably keeps us under a lot of radars. Maybe a couple of folks who wouldn’t think to hear what we’re doing will do so since we are playing before The Tills, who are maybe the best rock band in the world.

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

Hopscotch is so diverse and rad and really does a good job at helping artists bust through their aforementioned cubby holes – and having such a high-profile event with globally huge bands rubbing shoulders with local knuckleheads like us is about as good of an opportunity as you could hope for in a regional music culture. I’m fairly amazed we get to be part of it in any way.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

When I first got the line-up I was very stoked to see Metz, Thee Oh Sees, Afghan Wigs…We’ve got tons of band family playing too so I’m always excited to reconnect and spend time watching my people make cool shit, which is the prime directive for what this is all about for me. Stoked to see Late Bloomer, Mourning Cloak, Faye, Mineral Girls, Whores, and a bunch of others I have neglected to mention and will be in trouble thusly.

Honestly since we’re on their show I’ve spent a lot of time with the last Sunflower Bean record and it’s going to be pretty hard to decide between them and Metz.

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

Ah you know, there’s a lot of people doing it here in the right way for the right reasons. There’s also a lot of people who aren’t. I wish things were less fragmented and that we really had a “brand” in a way. Attention spans are at an all time low and the brain real estate for most people is really full – it’s an uphill climb. So you gotta be doing this because you just fucking want to. That’s the kind of creative people I like to surround myself with.

Totally Slow plays at 9:30 on Thursday, September 7th at The Pour House.

Karl Kuehn (Museum Mouth)

Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Museum Mouth at Hopscotch this year?

Well, I don’t know if this is common knowledge or not BUT Museum Mouth was actually the first band ever formed in NC, and after forty-seven-and-a-half years we’re now the oldest band too. We’re gonna be playing a few songs we haven’t played since 1972 I think. It’s gonna be GAY!!!!!!!!

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

I love it. Great bands and artists tour through NC all the time, but it’s a deceivingly huge state! So getting a ton of those acts in one place—and then complimenting them with the local bands that work their asses off, I think it’s smart. I’m legitimately grateful to have a festival as fun, diverse, and rewarding in our home state.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

OMG… Mount Eerie, Gobbinjr, Metz, Sand Pact, Mourn, Protomartyr, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Advance Base, Beverly, Peaer, serpentwithfeet, I could go on but…

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

Museum Mouth is cool. Our state politics are not cool. IDFK I’m old now. I just write songs, hang out with my plants, play Pokemon Go, and take selfies now.

Museum Mouth plays at 10:30 on Friday, September 8th at Lincoln Theater

Kris Hilbert (Mourning Cloak)

Photo by Karen Mann.

Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Mourning Cloak at Hopscotch this year?

We’re stoked to play together again after having been inactive for over three years. Glad to play with some friends and rad bands.

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

It’s been really cool to see it grow over the years. I’ve always loved the depth and breadth of art in NC and Hopscotch really does a great job of curating.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

Alessandro Cortini, King Woman, BODYKIT, and Solange

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

Cool… the weather. Not Cool… stupid fucking confederate bullshit.

Mourning Cloak plays at 9:00 on Friday, September 8th at The Pour House.

Josh Robbins (Late Bloomer)

Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Late Bloomer at Hopscotch this year?

I think we are playing a really cool show with MyBrother MySister and Cayetana and I really dig playing Slims. I prefer smaller venues and forcing people to be a lot closer to you, so I get to force people to like us or watch them suffer through our new junk. But also we’re playing a lot of new songs so it’ll be cool to see how that pans out.

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

I feel like they tried hard this year to represent a lot of regional artists, or maybe they just picked A LOT of Self Aware bands, so it’s good to see a lot of friends represented.

I think it’s important to see names like Mourning Cloak or Faye alongside names like Metz , Torche, or Afghan Whigs. When we raise regional bands up we are raising our national profile as a state.

I personally can’t complain. Thanks Nathan.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

I’m only going to be there for Thursday, so I’m not completely sure what I’ll be able to catch. I want to see Mount Eerie and METZ if I can manage to cram it in.

Check out Mineral Girls, Naked Naps, Bask, Museum Mouth, Totally Slow, MyBrother MySister, Mourning Cloak and Faye. Yup, do that!

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

I think it’s cool that Charlotte is being well represented here and to a bigger scale a large swathe of the Carolinas. Like I mentioned above it’s super important to feel like something you’re a part of is getting recognized. I don’t mean that in an egotistical sense, it’s just validating to get a thumbs up. It’s felt like we had to claw and kick to get bands noticed in Charlotte, so this is super important and it’s not lost on me.

Hmm, what’s not cool? Well Trump isn’t cool, but that shouldn’t be a surprising answer. Apologists and fence riding buttholes aren’t cool either. Just be cool to other people, “do unto others” and like don’t be a racist? Cargo shorts aren’t cool either, imho.

Late Bloomer plays at 11:00 on Thursday, September 7th at Slim’s

 

To check out the full lineup/schedule and purchase tickets to Hopscotch 2017 visit the festival’s WEBSITE.

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