In its third year, Manifest is once again offering a bold and diverse lineup of bands and artists, highlighting the many femme, trans, and non-binary folks making music today, yet underrepresented in most music festivals. It runs for two days starting next Friday and will feature 25 bands.
As a proud media sponsor for Manifest III, Unsweetened Magazine will feature short interviews with bands from this year’s lineup to give you, the Manifest Music Festival lover, all the more reasons to see all of the artists performing.
First up is Cosmic Punk, an indie pop band from Chapel Hill who has performed at every Manifest (here’s our interview with them from last year). Elayna Madden Moore leads the trio, creating “vulnerable, relatable, catchy, angst-y” music. They play the Cave on Friday, October 19, at 10:15 pm.
Who is Cosmic Punk and where are you from?
Cosmic Punk is Elayna Madden Moore on vocals and guitar, Rick Davis on drums, and Alex Haggis on bass guitar. We’re all from Chapel Hill but our drummer is currently located in Durham.
How would you describe your music?
Vulnerable, relatable, catchy, angst-y
Describe your first and latest performances.
The first performance I remember was at this very small festival in Durham. I was 13 and we covered Just What I Needed by the Cars and we totally bungled it.
Our last show was at the Cats Cradle Backroom. I had a touch of the old bronchitis but pushed through and it was pretty exciting.
Why are you performing at Manifest III?
We’ve felt so privileged to play Manifest all 3 years so far. I’m a huge admirer of Erika and all of the things she does. This festival is super important for this area. Marginalized musicians need a platform like this to express themselves, to be validated and heard.
What are a few things you’d like everyone to know about you or your music or the future of your band?
We’re a qwoc fronted indie pop band from North Carolina that’s just trying our best.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Manifest III?
Why do you love/hate the South?
I hate the weather. I love the food.
What is the last goddamn thing the South needs more of?
When is the revolution? Will it be bloody or bloodless?
soon. bloody bloody bloody. and it will be televised.
Our most recently released single: