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 in Chapel Hill.
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.
Next up is Girl Werewolf, a heavy, psych-doom garage punk band from Durham. Don’t miss them at The Cave tomorrow night with Pool Boy, Case Sensitive, and Soccer Tees, and read on and listen up below for more about the band and their sound.
Who are you and where are you from?
We are Claire from Raleigh, Julia from Garner, and Neil from Durham.
Is your city supportive of your music?
I am not sure how familiar Raleigh and Durham are with our band, as we are not super well known at all, but the people we know in our smallish corner of the local music scene have been friendly and kind to us.
How would you describe your music?
The soundtrack for if hell was actually a secret party for cool people.
Describe your first show.
It was at a “To The Front/Manifest” hosted showcase at Ruby Deluxe in Raleigh, with two of the other bands who are on this year’s Manifest bill, Fruit Snack and Spookstina. It was totally nerve-wracking but very rad and the other bands were super inspiring for us. We had no idea what we were doing but it felt good.
Your last show?
It was a EP release for our new thing called “Classical Exorcisms” with some other awesome local acts (Snake Shaming and Softly) at Slim’s in Raleigh. It’s so nice to play a show with friends and see them be awesome.
Why do you want to/are excited about to perform at Manifest III?
We were scheduled to perform last year but we had to bow out. We have been so excited since we found out we were playing this year. Manifest is such a special environment and this area really needed an event like Manifest. We are in awe of the other bands playing and are just really honored to play in such an powerful, caring space.
What do you have coming up?
We have a show at Slim’s in November with our friends Night Battles and hopefully more recording. We’d like to play with you, if you are reading this. Start a band and we will play with you.
What are a few things you’d like everyone to know about music?
I think we just really like to make friends and be helpful. We hope we can do this for a while.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Manifest III?
Everyone, honestly. We’re ooking forward to seeing Sand Pact, Wednesday, Diaspoura, and Sister, Brother (ugh, Sister, Brother are so god damn good.) Also our friends Cosmic Punk and Bangzz are always a damn treat to see.
Why do you love/hate the South?
It’s complicated, right? The easy way people have with each other here, the history of activism and social change, the fuckin’ food. But then just overwhelming racism, transphobia, misogyny, our legislature, the long bleak history of horrid shit. It’s home, but home is complicated.
What is the last goddamn thing the South needs more of?
Neil: Old (and young, honestly) white dudes making decisions. Covers of “Wagon Wheel”?