From the moment that Everett’s progressive monster Sleepwell Citizen takes the stage at Tony V’s early Friday evening to the moment Everett’s Crystal Desert shuts the festival down at The Anchor Pub on Sunday night with their doom punk, the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival will deliver the best lineup of any local festival this year. Spanning genres from rock to folk, from electronic to hip hop, you’re virtually guaranteed to hear bands that you love and also experience new music to become enamored of. Psyhedelic head-trippers will love The Moon is Flat, while straight ahead rock fans will devour Thunderpussy. The Anchor plays host to a slew of hip hop and rap artists on Saturday evening that features Sassyblack and DoNormaal. If you need an auditory break or get the munchies, make sure to visit the food truck festival or Everett Makers Market event.
What follows is the second installment of what we at SMI hope to make an annual tradition: the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival band Q&A. We sent the following questions to several bands who are new to the festival (excepting Spirit Award):
What is the origin of your band’s name?
What do you like about Everett?
What is your favorite drink?
Needless to say, the answers are divergent and illuminating. Read them below and train yourself up to festival readiness by listening to each band’s most recent releases. And don’t forget to pick up a wristband at the insanely amazing value of $35 for the entire weekend.
Naked Giants, a wild, garagey trio out of Seattle:
Band Name: Henry’s brother is, according to Henry, of the “big and tall variety”. He likes to walk around the house in the buff and one time Henry just thought “hey, you look like a naked giant”. so it’s about familial love, comfortability in your own skin, etc.
On Everett: I used to think that Everett and Everest were the same thing so I thought Mount Everest was really close to Seattle. I was wrong.
Drink? Yerba Mate
Nail Houses, solo project of Crystal Desert’s Christian Smith:
Band Name: A “nail house” is an urban development phenomenon where modern shopping and commercial buildings will be built around older, usually residential buildings. It’s particularly prevalent in China, often because of the landowner’s refusal to sell their family’s home to commercial interests. I like this name because 1) it represents anti-commercial interests and 2) I often feel like a stubborn outlier, like a nail house, in social and artistic circles.
On Everett: That’s a tough question to answer. There a lot of people I love here, and I think there is fair potential for a legitimate arts community to exist, but I also think that there is a lot of homogenization and favoritism that goes on in the Everett “scene”, as well as a general lack of self-awareness and perspective when it comes to seeing beyond this city. But I’m particularly excited about the younger bands that are coming out right now.
Drink? I like dark beer, and double rum & cokes. Bloody Mary’s on Sundays.
Legs, a band out of Brooklyn bound to make you dance. Two members hail from Snohomish County and two are from Ecuador:
Spirit Award, a dreamy band out of Seattle:
Band Name: I think it’s probably like 90% of band names…We wrote some songs, then said “what names would fit this music”, and Spirit Award stuck. Spirit Award was significant to me because of changes going on in my spiritual life, that led to some dark times, but ultimately made for some good writing material if anything.
On Everett: We love the kindness that we have received from people there, and the eagerness to hear new music. Also, Ryan Crowther who puts on the festival is quite possibly one of the nicest and well organized human beings.
Drink? Collectively I think La Croix is our favorite beverage. We go through a 12 pack on tour in a few hours.
Sloucher, a Seattle rock band with sneakily dark, great songs:
Jake Laundry, a one man extravaganza whose stage performance is not to be missed:
The Skyemonkey, an Everett-based duo whose epic songs will take you on a journey:
Band Name: The band name started as something generic and a bit flat. After letting it settle in we knew we needed to change it. One day the name SkyeMonkey randomly came out and we liked how it made us feel. We went around asking our friends what they thought and almost everyone of them laughed with a child like grin. After seeing that we knew we had our name.
On Everett: Everett fights and welcomes openly. It’s a bit rough but means well. We’ve met a lot of characters here, our favorites being the artists. On any given weekend you don’t know if you’re going to get rock, metal, indie, reggae, electronic, or even rap. This place is hungry and soon people will start to see that it has more to offer than they think.
Drink? Gatorade! We honestly drink way too much of it. It’s just as good as when we were kids. At this very moment there’s actually a large case sitting in our practice studio. Our favorites are blue, red, and sometimes purple.
Moondog Matinee, a highly entertaining rock band out of Reno, Nevada:
Band Name: We borrowed our name from a Band album
On Everett: We haven’t been to Everett yet, but so far we like that we’ve been invited to play a really fun music festival with some amazing bands!
Drink? We love Rainier!