Oakland’s This is My Fest is at the end of the month! We wanted to do something to help celebrate one of our favorite West Coast DIY fests. So every Tuesday and Thursday, we have been releasing an interview with one of the bands who will be playing TIM Fest this year. Want to know where The Decline loves to play when they’re on tour in the Bay? We’ve got that. Want to know if The Copyrights think NorCal or SoCal has the best burritos in California? We’ve got that. Want to know what Danzig’s fondest punk house moment was? We… well we don’t have that. But we’ve got other cool shit you’ll probably also like.
We pieced together a crazy text interview with Gabe, Melissa, and Brittany of The Stupid Daikini! The band talks about DIY fests, bands, food. Basically, everything we like!
In case you didn’t know: the fourth installment of This is My Fest will commence on Thursday, September 28th and the party will continue all weekend through Sunday, October 1st. Four day weekend passes are now on sale for only $35, a huge discount from what the walk up price will be for all five shows! That’s so few dollars for so many bands! There are still more bands to be announced, as well as daily schedules and a few other surprises. Tickets are limited, so grab your pass today!
Are there any other festivals like This is My Fest that you can recommend?
Melissa: Awesome Fest for sure! It always feels like a big, fat, sweaty hug. Everyone is there for each other and the music and love at AF is amazing! We did FEST for the first time last year, and Brittany is going back this year. That was a wild experience. I’ve never seen or been a part of something like that. Both are insane to go to and the fact the we get to play blows me away and is a huge honor!
Brittany: Awesome Fest is my favorite fest. It was my first “fest” and it feels the most home-y.
Do you have a favorite Bay Area food?
Brittany: Does San Jose count as the Bay Area? Because the orange sauce at La Vic’s is obviously going to be on my list of favorites. There’s a BBQ place, The Smoking Pig, where they have bacon wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cheese and sausage. The turtle shaped bread from Boudin is my favorite tourist treat.
Melissa: Those coyote turd things? I’ll agree, even for a person that doesn’t eat any kind of pork, The Smoking Pig has something for almost everyone. I LOVE FISH AND CHIPS! Pretty much every place we went on tour in the Bay Area didn’t disappoint on the fish and chips front. I haven’t eaten at a ton of places in the Bay outside of SF though, Boudin was by far one of my favorites. AMAZING chili! IN A SOURDOUGH BREAD BOWL. Man, I love food.
Brittany: Wolf turds. Which brings me to Question #4. One of our traditions on tour is to stop at The Smoking Pig so Brittany can eat wolf turds. I decided that’s a tradition now.
What bands are you most excited to see or play alongside this year?
Does the band have any sort of fun tour “games” or “traditions”?
Melissa: Beside that wolf turds… well, the three of us haven’t been able to do a tour all together yet. But when it was just Brittany and me, we played this game on tour called Hypertheticals and that lasted us the whole trip almost, I’m a big fan of that. Blue Star Donuts!
If you could play with Bay Area band – active or not – which and why?
Gabe: THIRD EYE BLIND!
Melissa: 4 Non Blondes! I’m sorry, but Linda Perry is one of the main reasons I became a singer!
Brittany: I’m really excited to play with Jabber!