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 is anti-corporate, features 25 bands, and runs for two days starting tonight.
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 reasons to see all of the artists performing.
Tonight at The Cave, check out the very catchy, thoughtful, indie-pop vibes of Fruit Snack, but first read what they have to say below.
Who are you and where are you from?
Hey, we are Fruit Snack! We are a 3-piece based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Is your city supportive of your music?
We are part of a beautiful scene! Since we formed as a band we have been met with an incredible amount of support from our local venues, folks who do booking, and other local musicians in the area. It’s a really great feeling to know that we have people supporting us through our growth as musicians.
How would you describe your music?
Poly-crush, tendercore pop with catchy hooks you won’t be mad about singing to yourself later.
Does your music have a broader (social, political) impact on your community? How so?
We hope so. We sing about tender consent leading to hot makeouts, being gay and in love, daydreaming about a life not lived under capitalism, anxiety, leaving toxic relationships, and even masturbation & loving your body!!!! I think that we want to say things that other people won’t or maybe haven’t even thought of. Vulnerability is punk as fuck.
Describe your first show.
Holy Moly— our first show ever was a dream. We played Saving Space Showcase at Slim’s in Raleigh. We got to open for Pie Face Girls & See Gulls! All of our friends were there. We were nervous. We were wide-eyed and baby-faced. We had a 15 minute set. It was wonderful.
Describe your last show/performance.
Our latest show was a house show in Durham benefitting Hurricane Florence relief. We played with our friends DUMP HIM from Massachusetts and Sister, Brother from Durham. It’s always a treat to play in Durham, as a lot of our shows are around Raleigh, and it’s even better when it’s for a great cause.
What’s so great about Manifest III?
Everything about it. Getting to take up space, the organizers, the venues, the green room, the people who come out to support… it’s still the best music festival I’ve ever been to.