Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012
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Need to know: 4 buzzworthy Austin bands hitting FFF’s Blue (and Orange) Stages

Need to know: 4 buzzworthy Austin bands hitting FFF’s Blue (and Orange) Stages

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Love Inks Photo by Jackie Young
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Balmorhea Photo by Keith David Young
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This weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest promises to be a veritable buffet of music, comedy and entertainment with plenty of familiar faces on stage — plus plenty you probably don't know yet.

We check in with four of Austin’s most buzzworthy bands to help you keep things local while out exploring the scene.

Love Inks

Saturday: 12 p.m. Blue Stage

Love Inks is Derek Brown, Kevin Dehan and Sherry LeBlanc. Homegrown here in Austin, the group has garnered an impressive amount of praise for their self-proclaimed “minimalist pop.” Their debut album E.S.P. is slightly blues-infused yet upbeat and infectiously catchy and has caught the eye of everyone from Vogue to Daytrotter. We caught up with frontwoman Sherry LeBlanc for a behind the scenes look at the band’s FFF agenda:

CultureMap: What is your favorite song to perform live?

SL: Our cover of "Rock On" by David Essex. I love playing this song because it's something that the majority of our audience is familiar with, so it's a great way to pull people in to the set. Also, Kevin gets a bit louder and experimental on the guitar, which I love. I think we did a unique job of rearranging/reworking the song.

CM: Who are you most excited to see perform at the Festival?

SL: Run DMC because it's a rare opportunity to see a legendary hip hop band. The whole lineup is so awesome though – there isn't one band/act that I'd be bummed about catching.

CM: What is your favorite local haunt to prepare for/indulge in/ escape Festival madness?

SL: We love bringing friends back to our house for after-parties. Also, the Nomad, which is in our neighborhood, is a great place to get away from packed bars and have a place to kick back. Our drummer & bassist spend a lot of time at Yellow Jacket, and that's a perfect daytime spot during any festival in town. Sunshine, good drinks, and just a spot to relax before diving into the craziness.

Feathers

Sunday: 12:35 p.m. Blue Stage

Feathers has a distinct vibe. Ethereal vocals, syncopated with synth-laden beats — an ideal soundtrack to jumpstart your Sunday afternoon musical discovery. Claiming Texas “via New York,” the Feathers crew is excited to showcase their sounds to the large festival audience, especially considering that they only had their first official performance about a year ago at the Mohawk, opening for Washed Out, no less.

“My favorite song to perform is always the last one I've finished...So I'd say "Dark Matter" which will probably be toward the end of our set,” says Anastasia Dimou.

Showing allegiance to fellow Blue Stage performers, both Dimou and bandmate Courtney Voss are looking forward to catching Trust at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. But when this local band needs a break, they sneak away to local haunts like The San Jose Hotel, East Side Pies and No. 9 Dream for a little R&R.

Balmorhea

Sunday: 1 p.m. Orange Stage

Local Favorite Balmorhea is known for their sweeping cinematic and multi-layered sounds — no surprise with their energetic orchestral-like ensemble boasting percussion, guitar and string elements. Having just unveiled their fifth full-length album, Stranger, in October, the group will be rounding out their U.S. release tour with their Sunday FFF show. We talked with the band’s co-founders, Michael Muller and Rob Lowe, for an exclusive glimpse of their upcoming Festival weekend.

CM: What is your favorite song to perform live?

MM: On this tour we are playing about 75% new material for our recent release, Stranger. All of these songs are new and all are really fun to play live. The song "Days" is a longer one that incorporates many instrument switches and some synths which is new for us. 

RL: It has this wide-open feel and I think it’s been connecting well live.

CM: Who are you most excited to see perform at the Festival?

MM: We have a few friends playing such as Sharon Van Etten but we don't get back from our current tour until the second day of the Fest so we'll miss them. We'll also miss Converge, who I love. We are excited to see Beach Fossils who are playing after us on the Orange stage on Sunday. There's so many great bands. It might prove tough to make some decisions in our schedule. 

CM: What is your favorite local haunt to prepare for/indulge in/ escape Festival madness?

MM: Well, we've been on tour since late September so I think we'll likely spend some good, long hours in our beds before our performance. Otherwise, we'll be busy recording a Daytrotter session Saturday before our FFF Nites show at Club Deville and round out the long weekend with an in-store at Waterloo Records on Monday. 

RL: Other than that, Justine's is probably my favorite spot for a late night meal and a drink. Looks like it is still warm in Austin, perhaps I can get one more dip in Barton Springs before the weather turns.  

10yr

Friday: 11:55 a.m. Blue Stage

Although 10YR (pronounced “ten-yer”) came to fruition in 2011, cofounders Yadira Brown and Dwayne ‘D-Madness’ Jackson have known each other since an early collaboration brought them together in 2002. Today, their uniquely hybrid band includes fellow musicians Carter Arrington, Ryan Johnson, Allysa Grace, Lani Thomison and Erin Jantzen. Here, we get the quick scoop on lead vocalist Yadira Brown’s FFF – and local – hitlist.

CM: What is your favorite song to perform live?

YB: My favorite is "King" because it melts faces. Carter (Arrington) and Ryan (Johnson) shred on it.

CM: Who are you most excited to see perform at the Festival?
YB: I can't decide who I'm most excited to see perform. Everyone! Run DMC, of course and Santigold! I wish I could hold hands with her for like, 5 minutes.

CM: What is your favorite local haunt to prepare for/indulge in/escape Festival madness?
YB: Kenichi, Frank, Holy Mountain, Red 7, Beauty Ballroom, Volstead/Hotel Vegas, 100Visions.